Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Right outside Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina, yachts bob in the scenic bay separating Shelter Island from the rest of San Diego. The hotel offers many ways to enjoy the view. By day, you can swim in two heated pools set along the waterfront; come evening, settle in by the outdoor fireplace to watch the sunset.
- Rooms and suites all feature refrigerators, microwaves, and free WiFi. Casa Del Mar and Casa Marina rooms add private balconies or patios with views of the water.
- Suites: Island Palms Suite features 600 square feet of space with separate living room, full kitchen, and private patio or balcony.
- Blue Wave Bar & Grill: Dig into California-style cuisine in a dining room overlooking the marina, or enjoy it by the poolside.
- Get fresh air while playing on the onsite tennis courts or pedaling around with a free rental bike.
- Recent award: 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
San Diego’s Shelter Island: Marinas and Yachts on San Diego Bay
Marinas and yachts dot the horizon in San Diego’s Shelter Island, a small strip of land that stretches into San Diego Bay off the coast of Point Loma. It’s one of the city’s major boating zones, where you can catch sailing or fishing charters that seek out yellowtail and albacore tuna, halibut, and dorado in the deep waters of the Pacific. Shoreline Park runs the entire 1-mile length of the neighborhood; head here to stroll a promenade overlooking the bay, drop your line from the public fishing pier, and gaze at public art installations that include a bronze bell gifted in 1958 by San Diego’s sister city of Yokohama, Japan.
Just across the bay, San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is arguably the trendiest listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants. A couple of miles away, the city’s iconic Balboa Park contains 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. Be sure to visit the Spanish Village Art Center while you’re here—the living gallery hosts local artists who produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.