Welcome to San Diego Boaters Guide

Emergency Contacts

While chartering with Harbor Sailboats, please refer to the binder on board and please call the office at 619-291-9568. If an actual emergency exists, radio on VHF Channel 16 or dial 911 on a cell phone; below are additional phone numbers and services available in case of an emergency.

U.S. Customs Services

610 W. Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101
619-652-9966

Customs Inspection & Clearance

Shelter Island
619-685-4300

Vessel Arrival & Departure Questions

619-685-4312 or 619-685-4304

U.S. Coast Guard

619-278-7033

San Diego Harbor Police/Customs Dock Location

Latitude 32° 43′ 12.846” North
Longitude 117° 10′ 6.8448” West

  • Barbeque  – $10 per day
  • Linens – $18 per person
  • Dinghy – $25 per day
  • Heaters – $10 per day

There are three anchorages within San Diego Bay; permits are required for most areas. Contact Harbor Sailboats for the Hull ID # prior to requesting a permit.

Permits are available online at the Port of San Diego on VHF Ch-16 or (619) 686-6227.

La Playa Cove
Located between San Diego and Southwestern Yacht Clubs in the Shelter Island Yacht Basin and is marked by yellow buoys. La Playa Cove is a 72-hour Weekend-Only anchorage. The hours for anchoring are from 0900 beginning on Friday through 0900 on Monday. In case of a weekend holiday, anchoring is permitted for 96 hours. If the holiday falls on a Friday, anchoring is permitted from 0900 hours on Thursday through 0900 hours on Monday. If the holiday falls on a Monday, anchoring is permitted from 0900 hours on Friday through 0900 hours on Tuesday. All boats must have a holding tank.
A5 Glorietta Bay

Located in Glorietta Bay, south of the Coronado Golf Course and is marked by yellow buoys. Glorietta Bay is a 72-hour, 7 days a week anchorage. The hours for anchoring begin and end at 0900 hours; all boats must have a holding tank.

Mission Bay

Located to port as you enter the channel is Mariner’s Basin and to starboard is Quivera Basin. Both are located outside of the Ventura Bridge. (Harbor Sailboat’s yachts are not allowed under the bridge). Guest slips are available at Islandia Marina (619) 224-1234 and Marina Village or drop anchor at Bonita Cove in Mariner’s Basin.

A good source of boating and navigation information for all boaters is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners.

Point Loma

At the entrance to the San Diego Bay there are several areas to watch. To seaward of Point Loma and the lighthouse are thick kelp beds, which run for about 1.5 miles south of the point.

While the fishing is great, it’s very easy to get kelp caught in engine intakes. Just inside the kelp line, there are breakers near the tip of Point Loma.

To the east of the San Diego Bay entrance is a submerged jetty that runs for approximately 2 miles offshore; rocks are visible at low tide. This borders the Zuniga Shoal, further to the west.

North Island

At approximately 32° 41′ 10.2″N 117° 13′ 40.7″ W, near North Island, is a submerged jetty.

Shelter Island

There are shoaling waters near the entrance to Shelter Island. Be careful when entering near the southern tip and follow the marked channel.

Coronado

There is a shoal just west of the Coronado Ferry Landing and east of the carrier basin on the Coronado side of the bay.

Another shoal is just at the first dogleg heading south on the south side of the Coronado Bridge heading towards Chula Vista and the entrance to the Sweetwater Channel.

One more shoal is between the #1 green buoy and the amphibious base southeast at the entrance to Glorietta Bay. It can be trouble on average tides and to smaller vessels at low tides.

  • Boat/US: (For Boat/US Members only): 1-800-391-4869
  • SeaTow: 1-888-9SEATOW or (619) 973-2869
  • Vessel Assist: 1-800-588-2128 or (619) 223-3575
  • Westow: 1-800-493-7869 or (619) 221-9193

A good source of information that concerns navigation as well as many other issues all boaters should keep abreast of is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners. San Diego falls within the U.S. Coast Guard Eleventh District, which provides the Local Notice to Mariners for the Southern California region. For further information on Coast Guard navigation issues you should take a look at the Coast Guard Navigation Center. You can get vessel movement information at Vessel Traffic Advisory.

Harbor Sailboats Club yachts are not allowed in Mexican waters. On Thursday, October 3rd 2013 the Mexican Navy began kicking both big boats and little boats out of the Coronados telling them once again they needed a Visa and/or Boat Permit. Please click on above link for more information on fishing and boating in Mexican waters. Learn More

Fuel Docks

  • Pearson Marine Fuel Dock, 2435 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619-222-7084
  • High Seas Fuel Dock, 2540 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619-523-2980
  • Harbor Island Fuel Dock, 2040 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-291-6443
  • Chula Vista Boat Launching Ramp, foot of Marina Way, Chula Vista
  • Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Ramp, 1715 Strand Way, Coronado
  • National City Boat Launching Ramp, foot of Goesno place, National City
  • Shelter Island Boat Launching Ramp, 2200 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego

Pump Out Facilities

  • Pearson Marine Fuel Dock, 2435 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619-222-7084
  • High Seas Fuel Dock, 2540 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619-523-2980
  • Harbor Island Fuel Dock, 2040 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-291-6443
  • Chula Vista Boat Launching Ramp, foot of Marina Way, Chula Vista
  • Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Ramp, 1715 Strand Way, Coronado
  • National City Boat Launching Ramp, foot of Goesno place, National City
  • Shelter Island Boat Launching Ramp, 2200 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego
  1. Bay Club Marina, 2131 Shelter Island Drive, 619-222-0314
  2. Island Palms Marina, 2071 Shelter Island Drive, 619-223-0301
  3. Cabrillo Isle Marina, 1450 Harbor Island Drive, 619-297-6222
  4. California Yacht Marina, 640 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, 619-422-2595
  5. Chula Vista Marina, 550 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, 619-691-1860
  6. Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 30 Caribe Cays Boulevard, Coronado, 619-429-0133
  7. Coronado Yacht Club, 1631 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-1848
  8. Driscoll’s Wharf, 4918 North Harbor Drive, Shelter Island, 619-222-4930
  9. Fifth Avenue Landing, 600 Convention Way, 619-704-2550 (yachts 65300)
  10. Glorietta Bay Marina, 1715 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-5203
  11. Half Moon Marina, 2131 Shelter Island Drive, 619-224-3401
  12. Harbor Island West Marina, 2040 Harbor Island Drive, 619-291-6440
  13. Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Marina, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, 619-424-4000
  14. Marina Cortez, 1880 Harbor Island Drive, 619-291-5985
  15. Kona Kai Marina/Shelter Island Marina, 1561 Shelter Island Drive, 619-224-7547
  16. Pier 32 Marina, 3201 Marina Way, National City, 619-477-3232
    San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive,
  17. Embarcadero, 619-230-8955
  18. San Diego Yacht Club, 1011 Anchorage Lane, Pont Loma, 619-221-8400
  19. Shelter Cove Marina, 2240 Shelter Island Drive, 619-224-2471
  20. Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-291-2900
  21. Silver Gate Yacht Club, 2091 Shelter Island Drive, 619-222-1214
  22. Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough Street, Point Loma, 619-222-0438
  23. Sun Harbor Marina, 5104 North Harbor Drive, America’s Cup Harbor, 619-222-1167
  24. Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-574-0736
  • Kona Kai Hotel
  • Hilton Airport
  • Humphreys
  • The Bay Club
  • Holiday Inn Bayside
  • Best Western Island Palms
  • Best Western Posada
  •  Sheraton
  • Chula Vista Marina
  • Catalina Island
  • Oceanside Marina and Fuel Dock
  • Dana Point Marina