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Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development is the innovative champion for the prosperity of the San Diego Bay waterfront across our member cities. 

Embarcadero Marina Park North

North Embarcadero-Marina looking north at the Port of San Diego

Developing Waterfront Businesses

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development is the innovative champion for the prosperity of the San Diego Bay waterfront across its member cities. From Real Estate Development to building an innovative new Blue Economy sector, the Port invests in everything from major redevelopment and community infrastructure, to start-ups and pilot projects so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

Our waterfront businesses generate thousands of good paying jobs to residents and reinvest billions of dollars into the local economy each year, benefiting the community and local businesses and creating a more prosperous way of life for all.

What We Do

  • Real Estate

    Real Estate

    Real Estate manages 34 miles of prime real estate along the spectacular waterfront of San Diego Bay and is home to more than 600 diverse businesses, including hotels, restaurants, retail, marinas, museums and regional economic drivers such as the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego International Airport, to name a few. The Port Waterfront Development real estate team strategically works with companies to develop opportunities to grow their businesses through network collaboration and access, creating vibrant experiences that attract millions of annual visitors and residents each year.

    Visit Real Estate
  • Blue Economy Incubator
    Waterfront Development

    The Port of San Diego’s Blue Economy Incubator is helping to grow new kinds of business on the waterfront. The Incubator will help build a sustainable Blue Economy for the region by investing $5 million over 5 years in water-dependent businesses. The incubator is currently piloting new Aquaculture and Blue Tech programs including a shellfish nursery, a trash pick-up vessel and a boat wash. The Port incubator offers a launching pad for innovative projects and new ideas and ensure the long-term success of San Diego’s ever evolving relationship with San Diego Bay. 

    Learn more about the Port of San Diego's Blue Economy
  • Economic Impact

    Economic Impact

    Together, the Port’s tourism and commercial sector generates $2.9 billion in direct economic output, generated by nearly 40,000 jobs on the waterfront.


    See the Port's Economic Impact
  • Capital Improvement Program

    Capital Improvement Program

    The Port of San Diego's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) sets aside funds for new facilities, road upgrades, parks or other improvements in the Port’s five member cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego. Board Policy 120 guides the process for identifying projects to include in the CIP. The goal of the policy is to ensure that capital improvement projects and budgets align with the Port's mission, vision and strategic goals.

    Capital Improvement Program Information