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Parking Meters and Pay Stations

The Port of San Diego operates parking meters and pay stations along North Embarcadero, Tuna Harbor, Ruocco Park, Embarcadero Marina Park North and Embarcadero Marina Park South, the Crescent area, Spanish Landing and Shelter Island.

two parking meters Port of San Diego

About Pay Stations and Meters

  • Pay Stations

    Pay Stations

    • Coins: Insert coins for desired time.  Use nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins (pennies will cause the machine to jam and will not count for time).
    • Cards: These meters accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) and debit cards. Insert and remove card (follow the instructions on meter), adjust payment amount with + and – buttons; complete transaction by pressing the green “OK” button. Take the ticket the machine issues and place and display on driver side of dashboard.

    Video on how to use your credit card (Pay Station)

  • Smart Meters

    Smart Meters

    • Coins: Insert coins for desired time.  Use nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins (pennies will cause the meter to jam and will not count for time).
    • Cards: These meters accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), debit cards and City of San Diego Pre-Paid Cards. Insert and remove card (follow the instructions on meter), adjust payment amount with + and – buttons; complete transaction by pressing the green “OK” button.

    *There is a $1.00 minimum for use of Credit/Debit Cards.

    Video on how to use your credit card (Meter)
    Spanish Version

  • Traditional Meters (on Shelter Island only)

    Traditional Meters (on Shelter Island only)

    • Coins: Insert coins for desired time.  Use nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins (pennies will cause the meter to jam and will not count for time).
    • Cards: These meters do not accept credit or debit cards; they only take City of San Diego Pre-Paid Cards.
  • Permit Parking Spaces

    Permit Parking Spaces

    The Port has various permit spaces designated for the use of Port employees for Port business-only, which include maintenance crew, landscaping crew, Harbor Police Officers/staff and any other Port employee vehicle (with a Port permit sticker). Private vehicles parked in these spaces are in violation and will be cited and/or towed at the owners expense (San Diego Unified Port Code Section 8.16/8.17)

  • Need a Receipt?

    Need a Receipt?

    Payments made with a credit/debit card at any Port of San Diego smart meter or pay station may now be viewed and printed online! 

    *Parking receipts are available 24 hours after the transaction date

    Get a Parking Receipt
  • Malfunctioning Meters or Paystations

    Malfunctioning Meters or Paystations

    Meter or pay station problems should be reported to Parking at the Port’s main line 619.686.6464.  Yellow stickers located on the meter or pay station, reflect this contact number for your convenience.  Regular business hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every other Friday.  This line is only answered during business hours, an after-hours voicemail is in place for you to leave a message and your call will be returned the next business day.  If you have reached us after-hours and have a stuck credit card, you will be able to press 5 and transferred to Harbor Police Dispatch for immediate assistance. Please have the meter/pay station number when reporting the problem.  The number is located below the yellow meter contact sticker.

    If you receive a citation for a non-payment and you believe the meter/pay station was malfunctioning, you may choose to appeal the citation.

    If your vehicle has been towed within Port tidelands, please contact (619-686-6272) Harbor Police.

The Port of San Diego operates parking meters and pay stations along North Embarcadero, Tuna Harbor, Ruocco Park, Embarcadero Marina Park North and Embarcadero Marina Park South, the Crescent area, Spanish Landing and Shelter Island.

For any questions or concerns please contact us at the following:

Hours and Rates

AREA CURRENT RATES ENFORCEMENT HOURS MAX TIME
Shelter Island (pdf map) - Traditional Meters $1.25 / Hour 8 am to 6pm Daily, excluding holidays* 3 Hours
Spanish Landing Park (pdf map) - Pay Stations

$1.00 / Hour
(effective 07/01/17)

6 am to 10:30 pm Daily, excluding holidays* 4 Hours
Cresent Area (pdf map)
(Laurel St & Harbor Drive) - Smart Meters
$2.50 / Hour
(effective 07/01/17)
10 am to 8 pm Daily, excluding holidays* 4 Hours
North Embarcadero (pdf map) (Including Tuna Harbor and Ruocco Park) $2.50 / Hour
(effective 07/01/17)
10 am to 8 pm
Daily, excluding holidays*
3 Hours
South Embarcadero (pdf map) (Embarcadero Marina Park North and South) $1.75 / Hour 10 am to 8 pm
Daily, excluding holidays*
3 Hours

Free Meter and Pay Station Holidays

Read your meter or pay station display.  If your parking meter or pay station is labeled that it is not enforced on the holidays, then parking meters or pay stations are free on these specific holidays, citations will not be issued for non-payment on these days. The Port currently recognizes the following one-day parking holidays:

*2018 Holiday Schedule for Parking Meters
NOTE: the Port of San Diego Administrative holidays may differ from parking holidays.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15th)
  • Memorial Day (May 28th)
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (September 3rd)
  • Columbus Day (October 8th)
  • Veteran’s Day (November 11th)
  • Thanksgiving Day (November 22nd)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th) 

*PLEASE NOTE: The City of San Diego may observe holidays on different days.