September 2, 2005
How do you find them? From the famous Embarcadero area, just take Harbor Drive north and follow the signs. The Embarcadero has a visitor center where you can pick up a map. The map will show you how to find the two islands, plus a lot more. The islands are just two stops along a 59-MILE scenic car-tour route of San Diego! The scenic route is marked with blue-and-yellow signs, supposedly every quarter-mile, but some of the signs are missing, so it's better to have a map! After passing Harbor and Shelter Islands, the scenic route will take you by Point Loma, the Cabrillo National Monument, Ocean Beach, Mission Bay, and La Jolla before doubling back towards downtown and ending, once again, at the Embarcadero.
I've taken most of the 59-mile drive, and I can vouch for the fact that IF you like scenery, you'll LIKE this drive! As far as the two islands go, if you only have time to see one of them, I'd suggest Harbor Island. Even though they're both great, the views of downtown San Diego are so spectacular from Harbor Island and, even more importantly, it's the more tranquil of the two.
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