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Shelter Island Guest Docks

 

 

Shelter Island Shoreline Park

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As of July 1, 2021, the Port of San Diego’s Maritime Department has assumed management responsibilities from the Harbor Police Department for anchorages on San Diego Bay and the Port’s Shelter Island Guest Docks located at 1401 Shelter Island Drive on the southern end of Shelter Island at the entrance to the Shelter Island Yacht Basin.

Additional key changes to reserving the Guest Docks slips will include the following: 

  • Reservations are longer available online. Boaters can still view the reservations page to see what slips are available, but need to call 619.400.4744 between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week to make a reservation. Valid ID and vessel registration will need to be emailed to moorings@portofsandiego.org
  • For general information and questions, boaters can call 619.400.4744 or email moorings@portofsandiego.org 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • The daily dockage fee has increased from $1.00 per lineal foot per day to $1.19 per lineal foot per day.

The Port also provides two 72-hour anchorages and a “Cruiser Anchorage.” Aside from the management change, no additional changes are being made for the anchorages at this time. No fee is required to anchor in these areas; however, a permit is required. Permits for the A1 and A5 anchorages are still available online. For the A9 anchorage, permits still require a vessel inspection performed by a Harbor Police Officer and must be obtained in person at the Harbor Police substation located at 1401 Shelter Island Drive.

Shelter Island Guest Docks and Anchorage

In order to accommodate boating visitors to San Diego Bay, the San Diego Unified Port District maintains a public access Guest Dock facility at the Harbor Police Sub Station, 1401 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. The station is located on the southern end of Shelter Island at the entrance to the Shelter Island Yacht Basin.

  • The facility has 26-slips
  • It can host recreational vessels up to 65-feet in length
  • Vessels can stay for periods of up to 15 days, within a 40 day period
  • Water and 30 Amp shore power connections are available at each slip
  • The slips are rented at $1.19 (beginning July 1, 2021) per lineal foot per day
  • Sanitary station facilities are provided at the Guest Dock - Click for more information & additional locations

Shelter Island Guest Docks and Anchorage Online Reservations Click here 

Key changes to reserving the Guest Docks slips will commence with the new management beginning July 1, 2021. 

  • Reservations will no longer be available online. Boaters will still be able to view the reservations page to see what slips are available, but they will need to call 619.400.4744 between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week to make a reservation. Valid ID and vessel registration will need to be emailed to moorings@portofsandiego.org
  • For general information and questions, boaters can call 619.400.4744 or email moorings@portofsandiego.org 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • The Port also provides two 72-hour anchorages and a “Cruiser Anchorage.” Aside from the management change, no additional changes are being made for the anchorages at this time. No fee is required to anchor in these areas; however, a permit is required. Permits for the A1 and A5 anchorages are still available online.
  • A9 anchorage, permits still require a vessel inspection performed by a Harbor Police Officer and must be obtained in person at the Harbor Police substation located at 1401 Shelter Island Drive.

All boaters must comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including illegal discharges to land and water. The San Diego Bay is a “No discharge” area. The discharge of black water (sewage) from any vessel while berthed, moored, or anchored in San Diego Bay is prohibited. All boats with installed toilet facilities must have an operable marine sanitation device (MSD) on board. Boats must store sewage in holding tanks and dispose regularly at sanitary stations (pump-out facilities).

See Tariffs & Regulations


A1 (LA PLAYA COVE) 

  • La Playa Cove is a 72-hour, weekend-only anchorage located between San Diego and Southwestern Yacht Clubs in the Shelter Island yacht basin.
  • The hours of anchoring are from 0900 hours on Friday through 0900 hours 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.
  • A maximum of 40 boats are allowed in the cove.
  • All boats must have holding tanks.
  • Boats must store grey water (galley, bath, and shower water) and black water (sewage) in holding tanks and dispose at sanitary stations (pump-out facilities).

A5 (GLORIETTA BAY)

  • The A5 anchorage is located in Glorietta Bay, south of the Coronado Golf Course.
  • Anchorage is allowed for up to 72-hours only.
  • The hours for anchoring are from 0900 hours on the first day to 0900 hours on the last day.
  • Minimum of one calendar day between A5 permits.
  • A maximum of 20 boats are allowed in the anchorage.
  • All boats must have holding tanks.
  • Boats must store grey water (galley, bath, and shower water) and black water (sewage) in holding tanks and dispose at sanitary stations (pump-out facilities).

A9 (CRUISER ANCHORAGE)

  • The A9 anchorage is located in an area adjacent to the United States Coast Guard Air Station and the eastern tip of Harbor Island.
  • This anchorage is available to non-residents of San Diego County only.
  • Permit requires a vessel inspection performed by the Harbor Police Officer.
  • Permits for this anchorage must be obtained in person at 1401 Shelter Island Drive and proof of non-residency must be provided. You may dock at the Harbor Police/Customs Check-in Dock.
  • Notify Harbor Police Department Dispatch, (619) 686-6272 that you are on the dock requesting an A-9 vessel inspection and permit.
  • A copy of the permit will be issued to the boat owner and must remain on board as proof of issuance.
  • The length of stay allowed for the anchorage is 30 days with two extensions available for a total stay of 90 days in a 12-month period.
  • All vessels obtaining a permit must renew their permit every 30 days without exception.
  • The Cruisers Anchorage is marked by three large yellow can buoys that warn of the restricted water space toward the Coast Guard Air Station to the east.
  • A red channel buoy showing the entrance to the Harbor Island lagoon marks the West End.
  • This anchorage is available for up to 20 vessels.
  • Boats must store grey water (galley, bath, and shower water) and black water (sewage) in holding tanks and dispose at sanitary stations (pump-out facilities).

In the event Harbor Police or Harbormaster staff determine that any anchorage is congested and an additional vessel would inhibit access by police/fire boats or in some manner would be detrimental to safe boating, a permit would not be issued. Owners/Operators of vessels are responsible for all applicable state laws and local ordinances, in addition to any environmental concerns such as sanitary containers and holding tanks.