There are five anchorages within San Diego Bay that are
popularly used. Permits are required for most areas.
Contact the San Diego Harbor Police at (619) 686-6227
La Playa Cove (A-1) is between the
San Diego Yacht
Clubs, in the Shelter Island Basin. This is a weekend
anchorage only, from 0900 Friday to 0900 Monday and
requires a permit. Vessels anchoring here must have
There are two anchorages at Glorietta Bay. Only that
portion of Glorietta Bay delineated in Chart 18773 is
an authorized anchorage. A-5 requires a permit
available from the Harbor Police. The other anchorage
area is a special 72-hour anchorage that is open only
for special events (i.e. Baha-Ha-Ha) and requires a
special 72-hour permit.
Contact the Harbor Police Mooring Office in person,
on VHF Ch-16 or (619) 686-6227 for a permit for the A-1
and A-5. For the A-9, contact the mooring office for an
inspection by a Bay Control Officer prior to the
issuance of a permit. The A-9 permit is good for 30
days, and is renewable for up to 90 days total.
Glorietta Bay (A-5, east of golf
course) is one of the big favorites here in
San Diego. Located at Coronado Island, it is in
view of the Hotel Del Coronado, an old and well
known hotel. Anchor here for the 4th of
July and have the best seats in San Diego for
the fireworks displays! There is a 5 MPH speed limit
within Glorietta Bay.
Glorietta Bay (A-5, south of golf
course) This anchorage sweeps along what is
almost a peninsula that forms Glorietta Bay. There are
some very shallow areas within the anchorage in the
vicinity of the Coronado Bridge, on the order of
4 to 6 feet.
An Open Anchorage (A-8)
south of the Coronado Bridge on the San Diego side of
the bay off of 24th Street in National City. The A-8
requires a permit and the process for obtaining one is
the same as the A-9. The A-8 permit is valid for six
months and is renewable.
NOTE: The A-8 Anchorage has been closed
and is not available as a moorage.
Cruiser Anchorage (A-9)
anchorage for 'out of town' boats only. It is
south of the Coast Guard Station, east of Harbor
Island. Contact the mooring office for an inspection by
a Bay Control Officer prior to the issuance of a
permit. The A-9 permit is good for 30 days, and is
renewable for up to 90 days total.
are available south of
the Coast Guard Station, north of the Grape Street Pier
No. 1 for vessels 20 feet to 65 feet in length. The SD
Mooring Company has taken over administration of the
moorages from the Port. Their address is 2040 Harbor
Island Dr., Ste. B116, SD and they can be reached at
There are also transient mooring balls available
strictly for transients. Transient mooring balls are
good for a maximum of 30 days in a 45-day period. The
transient mooring balls are on a first come, first
Applications are available at Port of San Diego
Mooring Office, 2320 N. Harbor Dr., (619) 6227.
available. There are 12 moorings which are located
between the north side of Grape Street Pier No. 1 and
the Coast Guard Station. Dinghy landings, public
restrooms and pay telephones are located nearby. These
moorings are for transient vessels only, for a period
of up to 30 days. Vessels must be between 19 and 50
Permits are available at Port of San Diego
Mooring Office, 2320 N. Harbor Dr., (619) 6227. The
Med Moorings are also run by SD Mooring
Company. More of them will be added in the near
future. (Contact them for details)
in Mission Bay
another great anchorage. It is located to port as you
exit the channel that forms the entrance to Mission
Bay. Boats that can clear the bridge may venture
further into the bay and moor at one of three other
anchorages. However, a permit is now required. See the
Boat Moorings and Long-Term Boat Beaching
further mooring information.