Local Knowledge

Local Anchorages

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.

Fishing 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.

Harbor Sailboats Amenities

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

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
San Diego Harbor Police/Customs Dock Location:
Latitude 32� 42.54� North
Longitude 117� 14.1� West
Vessel Arrival & Departure Questions, 619-685-4312 or 619-685-4304
U.S. Coast Guard, 619-278-7033

Towing Services

  • 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.

Fuel & Pump Out

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

Hazards to Navigation

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.

Local Yacht Clubs & Marinas

Bay Club Marina, 2131 Shelter Island Drive, 619-222-0314
Island Palms Marina, 2071 Shelter Island Drive, 619-223-0301
Cabrillo Isle Marina, 1450 Harbor Island Drive, 619-297-6222
California Yacht Marina, 640 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, 619-422-2595
Chula Vista Marina, 550 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, 619-691-1860
Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 30 Caribe Cays Boulevard, Coronado, 619-429-0133
Coronado Yacht Club, 1631 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-1848
Driscoll�s Wharf, 4918 North Harbor Drive, Shelter Island, 619-222-4930
Fifth Avenue Landing, 600 Convention Way, 619-704-2550 (yachts 65� � 300�)
Glorietta Bay Marina, 1715 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-5203
Half Moon Marina, 2131 Shelter Island Drive, 619-224-3401
Harbor Island West Marina, 2040 Harbor Island Drive, 619-291-6440
Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Marina, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, 619-424-4000
Marina Cortez, 1880 Harbor Island Drive, 619-291-5985
Kona Kai Marina/Shelter Island Marina, 1561 Shelter Island Drive, 619-224-7547
Pier 32 Marina, 3201 Marina Way, National City, 619-477-3232
San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619-230-8955
San Diego Yacht Club, 1011 Anchorage Lane, Pont Loma, 619-221-8400
Shelter Cove Marina, 2240 Shelter Island Drive, 619-224-2471
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-291-2900
Silver Gate Yacht Club, 2091 Shelter Island Drive, 619-222-1214
Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough Street, Point Loma, 619-222-0438
Sun Harbor Marina, 5104 North Harbor Drive, America�s Cup Harbor, 619-222-1167
Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-574-0736

Local Hotels

  • Kona Kai Hotel
  • Hilton Airport
  • Humphreys
  • The Bay Club
  • Holiday Inn Bayside
  • Best Western Island Palms
  • Best Western Posada
  •  Sheraton

Destinations

  • Chula Vista Marina
  • Catalina Island
  • Hotel Coral Hotel & Marina, Ensenada
  • Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada
  • Oceanside Marina and Fuel Dock
  • Dana Point Marina