Sunday, April 7, 2013

Out and About - Shelter Island

For many blue water cruisers, the trip down the Pacific Coast is the shakedown cruise for both boat and crew. A San Diego layover is then the obvious opportunity to repair, upgrade, improve, re-provision, and  catch a little R&R prior to sailing to Mexico and beyond.  


 The Shelter Island/Point Loma area offers everything a cruiser could possibly need or desire. It’s like a shopping mall for mariners. There are boatyards, chandleries, marine insurance agencies, brokers, upholsterers, diesel mechanics, sail lofts, outboard mechanics, a book and chart store, custom fishing rod makers, bait shops, canvas works, electronics sales and repair, compass adjusters, riggers, divers, woodworkers and finishers, satellite phone sales and more, not to mention the ubiquitous West Marine.


There are also banks, bars, restaurants (a LOT of restaurants), live music venues, a small weekly farmers’ market, a pharmacy, hair and nail salons, and several liquor stores. For those so inclined there is a fortune teller who offers insight and advice “past, present and future” or, at the other end of the spiritual spectrum, a mega-church a short bus ride away.

The San Diego transit system is extensive and San Diego offers an astounding array of tourist attractions, shopping venues, and sightseeing opportunities. I highly recommend an extended stay if you can fit it into your cruising schedule.  I promise you won’t be bored.

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