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Boating on San Diego Bay

Get information on recreational boating on San Diego Bay along with helpful links for mariners.


a small, white sailboat sailing on the San Diego Bay

Enjoy the Port of San Diego from the Bay

Sailing on the San Diego Bay

Dock and Dine

Try more that 60 waterfront restaurants on San Diego Bay!


Glorietta Bay Boat Launch

Boat Launching Ramps




Man taking a photo from the pier of the speedboat on the bright blue water under light blue skies

Shelter Island Guest Docks



a view of the blue water of San Diego Bay and the Marriott Marina

San Diego Bay Marinas




a man walks down a ramp towards the docks and boats

Sanitary Stations and Fuel Docks

docks and cranes used for boat repairs at the Port of San Diego

Boat Repair

San Diego Bay

Charter Vessel Regulations

San Diego Bay Online Boating Reservations

San Diego Bay is a recreational haven that attracts boaters from all over the world. To make the bay more accessible and enjoyable, the Port of San Diego provides temporary anchorage areas for boaters.

The Port has established an online reservation service. Boaters may choose from anchorages or guest docks.

  • Anchorages are a maximum of 72-hour reservation. There must be a 24-hour gap before applying for another permit.
  • Guest docks allow you to stay 15 days in a 40-day period. The docks are located at the southwestern end of Shelter Island.

Reservations were accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check Availability and Make a Reservation

    California Boater Card

    As of January 1, 2018, the mandatory boating safety education law goes into effect, and will be phased in by age. If you operate any type of motorized vessel on California waterways (including powered sailboats/paddlecraft), you will be required to pass an approved boating safety examination and carry a lifetime California Boater Card.

     Click here for more information on the California Boater Card