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Port of San Diego Announces Management and Reservation Changes for Guest Docks and Anchorages Beginning July 1

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Port of San Diego Announces Management and Reservation Changes for Guest Docks and Anchorages Beginning July 1
The Port's Shelter Island Guest Docks, located near the Harbor Police substation on Shelter Island.

Beginning July 1, 2021, the Port of San Diego’s Maritime Department will assume 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.

Providing 26 slips for visitors, the Guest Docks 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, and sanitary station facilities are provided.

Some additional 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
  • For general information and questions, boaters can call 619.400.4744 or email 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The daily dockage fee will increase 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.

Anchorage locations are:

A1 – La Playa Cove

This is a 72-hour, weekend-only anchorage located between the San Diego Yacht Club and the Southwestern Yacht Club in the Shelter Island Yacht Basin. Hours for anchoring here are from 9 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday. A maximum of 40 boats are allowed in the cove and all boats must have holding tanks.

A5 – Glorietta Bay

The A5 anchorage is in Glorietta Bay, south of the Coronado Golf Course. Anchorage is allowed for up to 72 hours only, any day of the week. Hours for anchoring are from 9 a.m. on the first day to 9 a.m. on the last day. There is a minimum of one calendar day between A5 permits. A maximum of 20 boats are allowed in the anchorage and all boats must have holding tanks.

A9 – Cruiser Anchorage

This anchorage is in an area adjacent to the United States Coast Guard Air Station and the eastern tip of Harbor Island. It is only available to non-residents of San Diego County.

For more details on the Port of San Diego’s Guest Dock and anchorages, click here.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Maritime is our gateway to the world—leading our working waterfront and facilitating the movement of goods and people, internationally and domestically.

Port Maritime businesses employ thousands of residents and generate billions of dollars per year for the regional economy, creating a prosperous global economic engine for all.