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San Diego

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32°42.75′N, 117°10.06′W
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The history and background of San Diego is best observed on Wikipedia

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Radio Nets

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There are three harbors in San Diego County.

  • San Diego Harbor. Deep channel, south facing, good in all weather. Well marked with buoys all the way in. Lots of Navy and commercial shipping. Watch for submarines.
  • Mission Bay. Sailboats can go into Mariners Basin or Quivera Basin only as bridge height precludes the rest of the bay. West facing entrance can be difficult with large waves.
  • Oceanside Harbor. Small, but good facilities. About 30 miles north of Mission Bay. West facing entrance closes rarely in bad weather.

If coming from Mexico, check in at the police dock as described below. In days past a brief trip touching Mexican water didn't cause concern, but now check in even if you just touch the border.

Check-in facilities

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San Diego is the first official Port of Entry for vessels arriving from Mexico.

(11/19/2007) From the official website
How do I report?
Arrivals may be made at any of the locations below. Call the phone number in advance of your arrival to receive specific reporting instructions: Phone-in Arrivals: (619) 685-4304.

What information do I have to have when I call?
All Vessel masters must phone in their arrival and have the following information available:

  • Name, date of birth and citizenship of all persons on board (including passport number);
  • Name of the boat and/or boat registration number;
  • CBP user fee decal number (if 30 feet or longer);
  • Homeport and current location; and
  • Return contact number.

Reporting Locations

  • Shelter Island - Harbor Police Dock:1401 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego CA. 92106. Hours of operation: 24 Hours Monday – Sunday. Vessels under 130 feet may report directly to the Shelter Island Harbor Police Dock. There are no requirements for vessels under 130 feet to contact the Harbor Police prior to arrival. This requirement is only for vessels over 130 feet in length.
    Note: Upon arrival at the Shelter Island Harbor Police Dock immediately contact CBP by dialing *82 on the telephone located on the dock at the top of the brow.
  • Dana Launch Ramp Public Dock: 1800 Dana Landing Road, San Diego, CA 92109. NOTE: Only for use by vessels with less than a 42- foot vertical clearance and up to 50 feet in length. Hours of operation: 24 Hours Monday – Sunday. Boaters choosing to arrive at the Dana Launch Ramp Public Dock must be able to pass under the Ventura Bridge, which has a 42-foot vertical clearance at Mean Low Tide, 0.0 feet and must be less than 50 feet in length. A fuel dock, market and pay phone are located near the dock.
    Note: Upon arrival at the Dana launch Ramp Public Dock you must immediately notify Customs and Border Protection by calling (619) 685-4304.
    Vessels unable to clear the bridge must report to the Harbor Police Dock, 1401 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106.


Local general weather details?

Sources for weather forecasts.

Health and Security


Marinas & Yacht Clubs


  • Shelter Cove Marina, 2240 Shelter Island Drive, Tel:(619) 224 2471
  • Cabrillo Isle Marina, 1450 Harbor Island Drive, Tel:(619) 297-6222, Expensive, Nice.
  • Marina Village, 1936 Quivira Way, Tel:(619) 222-1620, Mission Bay.
  • Sunroad Marina, 955 Harbor Island Drive, Tel:(619) 574-0736
  • Oceanside Harbor, Tel:(760)435-4000, Good stop-off between San Diego and Catalina or Dana Point.

Yacht Clubs


List details of all safe anchorages in the area.

  • Mariner's Basin (N32.763532 W117.24804) Three days free anchorage. On rare stormy days the entrance may close.

Offshore Islands

Passages/Routes to/from

Tourism & things to do ashore

Touristy places

  • San Diego Zoo, The best zoo in the world.
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park, Part of the zoo. You will need a car and a day.
  • Legoland, Never been, heard it is great.
  • Maritime Museum, 1492 N Harbor Dr. Tel:(619) 234-9153, 14 dollars for a day's entertainment.
  • USS Midway, 910 N Harbor Dr. Tel:(619) 544-9600
  • Sea World, 500 Sea World Drive. Tel:(619) 226-3901.
  • Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Drive, Lots of shops and places to eat.
  • Humphries Concerts-by-the-bay, Pay to go in for a great show, or bring your dink around by the stage for a freebie. Also, a great restaurant.
  • Ocean Beach, Fun town with lots of food and drink. Short taxi ride from the harbor, walking distance from the bay. Lots of antiques, too.
  • Old Town, Food, tourist traps, and a sense of San Diego history. Short drive from San Diego Harbor or Mission Bay.
  • Balboa Park, Museums, food, near the zoo. Short drive from San Diego Harbor or Mission Bay. Very nice.
  • Mission Bay Golf Course Tel: (858) 581-7880 From Mission Bay, take your dinghy to De Anza Cove and walk in.
  • Liberty Station Lots of stuff here including food.
  • The Rock Church, Large. Dynamic. 2277 Rosecrans St. Tel: (619) 226-7625
  • Old Town Trolley Tour, Goes all over town with hop-on hop-off privileges. Good overview of town at a reasonable price.


  • Miguel's Cocina, Point Loma and Coronado, Tel:(619)224-2401, (619)437-4237
  • Bay Beach Cafe, 1201 First Street, Coronado, Tel: (619) 435-4900 Dingy dock nearby.
  • Roberto's Taco Shop, Cheap, good, and the real stuff. A San Diego Institution. Locations all over.
  • Point Loma Seafoods, 2805 Emerson St. Tel: (619) 223-1109 Good quality fish for there or to go. Need makings for sushi?
  • Marion's Fish Market, 750 North Harbor Drive Tel: (619) 232-3474. As of this writing, they have a dinghy dock.


Marine stores

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  • West Marine, Biggest West Marine on the planet. Just a few miles from everywhere. 1250 Rosecrans St Tel:(619)225-8844

References & Publications

Publications, Guides, etc.

Cruiser's Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forum Discussions

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External Links

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  • Water Taxi Seven dollars per person gets you around in the harbor. Tel: (619) 235-TAXI
  • Harbor Police 3380 N. Harbor Drive. Tel: (619) 686-6570. In case you need them.
  • Port of San Diego Lots of information here including moorings and transient slips and anchorage.

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