San Diego Bay From A–Z Full of Fun Things to do

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San Diego  Bay from A–Z is filled with FUN THINGS TO DO.  Yes from every point of view especially aboard a boat the views are  no less than magnificent! Without a doubt, you’ll miss what makes San Diego so special if you don’t also view it the same way that the first explorer saw San Diego Bay. So the  SAN DIEGAN and its sister online publication SanDiegan.com have created an easy to use A to Z chapter of fun things to do on San Diego Bay. Extensive reviews of many of these categories can be found in the Historic Museums chapter and in the Sports & Recreation chapter in this book and online at SanDiegan.com. So this easy-to-use primer will enable you to use and appreciate more of what San Diego Bay has to offer. Be sure to also refer to the highly organized San Diego Port District page at [portofsandiego.org].

SAN DIEGO BAY ATTRACTIONS

The Embarcadero Chapter is a showpiece chapter that provides extensive reviews of both the USS Midway and the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Both of which offer discount coupons online at SanDiegan.com and in the print edition of the SAN DIEGAN. Use them.

BAYSIDE PARTY PERMITS

Totally overlooked are bayside locations for your next company picnic, wedding, family reunion, birthday party, baby shower, baptism or festival. The Port District offers special park permits for as low as ($35). For details contact the [portofsandiego.org].

BAY VIEWS

To get the full scope and beauty of San Diego Bay it is an absolute must to view San Diego from the Cabrillo National Monument (1). It’s located at the tip of Point Loma at 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. (619-557-5450). The best way to get there is take Rosecrans Street to Canon Street and turn right. Then when you get to Catalina Boulevard turn left onto Catalina Boulevard. Stay on it as it will take you to the national monument. Along the way you will pass through a military installation and see a huge military cemetery as well as views of both the bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Monument is open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with a ($10) per car fee ($7) for motorcycles or ($5) for walk-ins and cyclists. The fee includes access to the 160-acre national park including the Cabrillo Monument, the old lighthouse, hiking trails and the tide pools. Believe it or not, but Cabrillo Monument is one of the most visited national monuments in the United States. Once you see the view, you’ll understand why it’s such a visited landmark!

Another spectacular viewpoint is from a restaurant, which is high atop of the Fifth Avenue Financial Center at 2550 Fifth Ave. in San Diego’s Banker’s Hill District. Both sweeping views of the harbor and planes gliding by your window on their final approach to San Diego’s International Airport make this a must-visit destination. So do come for cocktails or a meal at Bertrand at Mr. A’s Restaurant (2) (619-239-1377). The view is what you must see to seriously appreciate all that San Diego Bay has to offer from this uptown city view restaurant (See Restaurants).

However, the best way to truly appreciate San Diego Bay is to see it from the water. Be it by renting a sailboat, a motorboat or taking a harbor cruise. The best of these experiences is undoubtedly a dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower for a dinner cruise. Be sure to use their $5 off coupon in this book. It’s good for up to 6 people at one setting. Their nightly dinner cruise offers a breathtaking view of the city at dusk. You’ll see the sunlight reflecting on the city’s skyline which is a view second to none. Plus, they offer a souvenir photograph, great food, dancing and a complimentary glass of champagne upon boarding. There isn’t a better dining experience than a harbor cruise. Don’t miss it! (See Restaurants).

BAY VIEW RESTAURANTS

High on the list of ways to appreciate the harbor is to dine at these recommended restaurants, which have all been personally reviewed by San Diego’s Dean of Restaurant Reviewers. He goes unannounced, pays for his own meals and inspects the kitchens. His reviews can be found in the print version of the SAN DIEGAN and online at the SanDiegan.com. The Top of the Market, downtown (5) The Fish Market, downtown (5) Peohe’s Restaurant, Coronado (6) Tom Ham’s, Harbor Island (19) Bali Hai Rest. Shelter Island (8) Ill Fornaio, Coronado (6) Blue Water Grill, Coronado (15) Humphrey’s Rest., Shelter Island (8) Mitch’s Restaurant, Shelter Island (10).

BOAT BED ‘N’ BREAKFAST ON THE BAY

BoatBNB is San Diego’s premier bed and breakfast on a yacht service. So why stay in a hotel when you can stay in a yacht? Call Shaun McMahon ( 619-743-8600) [boatbnb@aol.com]. YES, THERE ARE TONS OF WAYS TO ENJOY SAN DIEGO  BAY.

BIKE RENTALS

Wheel Fun Rentals (5) and San Diego Segway Tours is a great way to have fun seeing the downtown Embarcadero. For costs and specifics see the Sports & Recreation Chapter online and in print.

BOAT LAUNCHING

Shelter Island is home to a nice boat launching public facility. There is also one at the Chula Vista Marina.

If you’re a trailer sailor, you should seriously consider joining Venture Yacht Club of San Diego, P. O. Box 70552 San Diego, CA 92107 [vycsd.com]. Be sure to watch their video. This club is a friendly, family oriented club catering to trailer sailors and welcomes all sailors both new and experienced. The club has at least one social or cruising event a month , so it’s a great club to get involved with. Most of the members are Venture or MacGregor yacht owners, but the club is open to all trailerable mono-hull sailboat owners. There is a one time ($40) initiation fee and annual dues are ($40) per year. The club meets monthly at the Santa Clara Recreational Center at 1008 Santa Clara Pl., San Diego, CA 92109. They also publish an e-newsletter. They love to sail and welcome new members to join them. They love raft up gatherings at Glorietta Bay or even on lakes and enjoy teaching others. With a club theme of “nothing ventured is nothing gained” you’ll be in good company to enjoy boating.

BOAT RENTALS

Harbor Island Yacht Club (11) at 1660 Harbor Island Dr. (619-291-7245). Sailboat enthusiasts never tire of renting boats from this place. San Diego Speed Boat Adventures (11) at 1450 Harbor Island Dr. (619-294- 5852). Seaforth Boat Rentals (11) has several locations to serve you including downtown at the Embarcadero and in Mission Bay. They are located at 333 West Harbor Dr. (888-834-2628).

BREWERIES

Eppig Brewing (10) at 2817 Dickens St., located on America’s Cup Harbor is a 2,000-sq. ft. microbrewery with a loyal following. It’s open daily from noon till 8 p.m. Lite meals are also served.

CRUISE SHIP LINES

Visit the PortofSanDiego.org for times and scheduled ship arrivals and departures. Even if you’re not planning an ocean adventure, it’s nice to visit the Embarcadero to see these luxury liners. The B Street Cruise Ship Terminal at 1140 N. Harbor Dr. (5) is where majestic ocean liners dock at the Embarcadero when visiting San Diego to take on new passengers.

E M B A R C A D E R O

Exploring the city’s waterfront is featured in an 8 page online and print Embaradero chapter with a walking tour and a map. Highlights include details for visiting the USS Midway and the “must see” San Diego Maritime Museum and their float- 140 San Diego Bay museum. Plus, enjoy discount coupons to these attractions. You can also take the water shuttle (See Shuttles). It features in an 8 page online and print chapter with a walking tour and a map. Highlights include details for visiting the USS Midway and the “must see” San Diego Maritime Museum and their float armada of historic ships.

FERRY TO CORONADO

A great way to get to Coronado and back is by taking a scenic and relaxing ferry boat ride aboard a Flagship Ferry (619-234-4111). There are two departure points from Downtown. One departs from the Broadway Pier (5) on the hour from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekdays, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Return trip ferries leave from the Coronado Ferry landing every hour on the half hour. The cost is ($4.75) one way and ($9.50) round trip. Tickets can be purchased onboard for cash only or with a credit card at their KiosK. Children under the age of 3 years are admitted free. Bicycles are also free. Another departure point from Downtown to Coronado is at the foot of Fifth Avenue (5) behind the convention center. This ferry leaves at 9:10 every 30 minutes from Downtown and the last Ferry from Coronado leaves at 10:40 p.m. Credit cards: MC, VISA. FISHING Deep sea Fishing via H & M Landing (10) with departures from 2803 Emerson St. Point Loma near Shelter Island is home to the oldest and most reliable fishing fleet in the county. For details see the Sports and Recreation chapter online or in this book.

FERRY TO CORONADO

A great way to get to Coronado and back is by taking a scenic and relaxing ferry boat ride aboard a Flagship Ferry (619-234-4111). There are two departure points from Downtown. One departs from the Broadway Pier (5) on the hour from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekdays, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Return trip ferrys leave from the Coronado Ferrylanding every hour on the half hour. The cost is ($4.75) one way and ($9.50) round trip. Tickets can be purchased onboard for cash only or with a credit card at their KiosK. Children under the age of 3 years are admitted free. Bicycles are also free. Another departure point from Downtown to Coronado is at the foot of Fifth Avenue (5) behind the convention center. This ferry leaves at 9:10 every 30 minutes from Downtown and the last Ferry from Coronado leaves at 10:40 p.m. Credit cards: MC, VISA. FISHING Deep sea Fishing via H & M Landing (10) with departures from 2803 Emerson St. Point Loma near shelter Island is home to the oldest and most reliable fishing fleet in the county. For details see the Sports and Recreation chapter online or in this book. GOLF COURSE Coronado Golf Course (16) (619-522- 6590) off Glorietta Bay Drive is a challenging 72 par course overlooking San Diego Bay. As you might imagine it offers majestic views of the Hotel Del Coronado, boats and ships on the bay while you play a round of golf. That’s incredible!

HARBOR CRUISES

Day cruises on San Diego Bay aboard either San Diego Harbor Excursions or aboard a majestic Hornblower Cruise ship (5) is an absolute must. If you miss seeing San Diego by water you’ll miss experiencing the full impact of why San Diego is so special. Be sue to see the Sports & Recreation Chapter and use their coupon. MARINAS The most ideal place to moor your boat is at yacht clubs marina. If you don’t belong to a marina or you are waiting until a slip becomes available at your club, then you’ll need to find the best marina for the lowest price with the most amenities. Here is a graph showing a rate comparison offered by various marinas [cvmarina.com]. Chula Vista Marinas California Yacht Marina (21) at 640 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista(619-422- 2595) [slips@cymchulavista.com]. Ask for Andy. He’s the dock master, and he’s retired navy. This sharp looking marina offers the lowest rates on San Diego Bay and a TON of services including one boat per slip, a protected harbor and wide channel for easy access for docking and getting your boat in and out of the marina. Amenities include single slips, secure, card-controlled and free parking, electrical hookups, cable television from COX, wireless internet, fresh water service, and a waste pump-out station. The docks are accessed with card controlled and security patrols as are the parking lots and grounds. There is a recommended restaurant steps from the marina. They also have sister marinas in Orange County. Harbor Island Marinas Sunroad Resort Marina (8) 955 Harbor Island Dr., Harbor Island (619-574- 0736) [sdmarina.com]. Sunroad Resort Marina is the premier California boating destination for yachtsmen and boaters alike. It offers its tenants lockers, laundry facilities, pool and spa, recreational area with barbecues, health club and delicatessen. The recreational area is available for parties or other special events. Rates based on overall vessel length or slip size, whichever is greater. All slips are metered separately for electrical usage charge. Marina rates are subject to change at any time. Shelter Island Marinas Kona Kai Marina (8), 1561 Shelter Island Dr. (619-224-7547)[konakaimarina.com]. Got a mega yacht, or want the quickest access to the ocean, then you’re looking for the Kona Kai Marina and Resort located near the tip of the south end of Shelter Island. It has all of the San Diego Bay 141 amenities everyone else has pl

GOLF COURSE

Coronado Golf Course (16) (619-522- 6590) off Glorietta Bay Drive is a challenging 72 par course overlooking San Diego Bay. As you might imagine it offers majestic views of the Hotel Del Coronado, boats and ships on the bay while you play a round of golf. That’s incredible!

HARBOR CRUISES

Day cruises on San Diego Bay aboard either San Diego Harbor Excursions or aboard a majestic Hornblower Cruise ship (5) is an absolute must. Board at Pier 2 at 970 North Harbor Dr. (at the USS MIDWAY).  The ticket booth is open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Please note that the Hornblower offers two boarding areas 1/2 mile apart. If you miss seeing San Diego by water you’ll miss experiencing the full impact of why San Diego is so special. Be sue to see the Sports & Recreation Chapter and use their coupon.

MARINAS

The most ideal place to moor your boat is at yacht clubs marina. If you don’t belong to a marina or you are waiting until a slip becomes available at your club, then you’ll need to find the best marina for the lowest price with the most amenities. To assist you, here is a brief review of the 17 marinas on San Diego Bay. None of these reviews are paid for, which is your assurance of receiving an honest assessment from a person on our staff that actually visited each marina and wanting to know the merits of each marina. Here to is a graph showing a rate comparison offered by various marinas [cvmarina.com]. The marinas are listed geographically with the South Bay Marinas being first followed by the marinas at Harbor Island followed by those in the Shelter Island area. See the map in this chapter.

CHULA VISTA MARINAS

The big plus to the Chula Vista marinas in the South Bay is that they are the least expensive marinas per foot on San Diego Bay. The main conjecture for this is that they are also the farthest from the entrance to the ocean. However,  this is a real plus, if your plans are to sail the vastness of San Diego Bay, which is immense. Plus, if you are only a seasonal sailor, low rates, and a big bay to sail  on is an unbeatable combination.

Chula Vista Marinas California Yacht Marina (21) at 640 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista(619-422- 2595) [slips@cymchulavista.com]. Ask for Andy. He’s the dock master, and he’s retired navy. This sharp looking marina offers the lowest rates on San Diego Bay and a TON of services including one boat per slip, a protected harbor and wide channel for easy access for docking and getting your boat in and out of the marina. Amenities include single slips, secure, card-controlled and free parking, electrical hookups, cable television from COX, wireless internet, fresh water service, and a waste pump-out station. The docks are accessed with card controlled and security patrols as are the parking lots and grounds. Still another plus is that they have a huge banquet facility. However, you have to cater it yourself and the rates are very competitive. There is a recommended restaurant just steps from the marina. They also have sister marinas in Orange County.

Chula Vista Marina (21) at 550 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista (619-691-1860) [Dockmaster@cvmarina.com]. Radio Communication is monitored on Channel 16 from *30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week. After hours the safety patrol can be contacted by calling (619-254-6489). This well-established marina and RV resort has it all. And they are well organized and well equipped to serve you. Ask for Dockmaster Robert Zimmerman. He’s a seasoned dockmaster with a solid crew of support people to assist you. With a theme of “slip into San Diego’s Beautiful South Bay” they are ready to show you what having a slip here is second to none. They offer all of the basics including Slip rates are based on overall length of vessel or slip size, whichever is greater with double slips up to 25-ft. and the rest are single slips, which is always a plus. ($13-$23). Most of the slips are single slips. The maximum overhang in slip is 3′.  All rates listed are per month pricing. Current vessel insurance, registration or documentation, recent color photo, and approved application required. Extended Stay on Board Vessel:  $350 Up to 2 People, $100 each Add’l. Person. Metered Electricity + $10/Mo. Minimum Admin Fee. Water and Dock Box included at no charge.

NATIONAL CITY MARINAS

Pier 32 Marina, 3201 Marina Way, National City (800-729-7547). E-mail office@pier32marina.com. Offering nearly 300 boat slips. Pier 32 Marina is ideally located at the mouth of the Sweetwater Channel as it enters into San Diego Bay. It’s the newest marina on San Diego Bay. Being new, all of the facilities including the restaurant, deluxe shower rooms, work out center, spacious laundry and much, much more are new. Yet, this is but one of the marinas this company own. So expect the best.

CORONADO MARINAS

Glorietta Bay Marina, 1515 Stand W?ay, Coronado, CA 92118  (619-435-5203). This marina is owned by the City of Coronado. While small, all amenities are first-call. However, the waiting list to get a boat slip can be decades depending on the length and availability of your desired boat slip.

Loews Coronado Marina, 4000 Coronado Bay Rd, Coronado, CA 92118 (619-424-4000). This picturesque marina is ideally located at the footsteps of the world famous Loews Coronado Resort Hotel. While small, all amenities are first-call. However, the waiting list to get a boat slip can be decades depending on the length and availability of your desired boat slip. Your only reliable bet is to seek guest docking privileges for a short-term for dinner.

HARBOR ISLAND MARINAS

Cabrillo Isle Marina, 1450 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 (619-297-6222). This full-service marina is one of many marinas side-by-side along Harbor Drive.

Harbor Island Marinas Sunroad Resort Marina (8) 955 Harbor Island Dr., Harbor Island (619-574- 0736) [sdmarina.com]. Sunroad Resort Marina is the premier California boating destination for yachtsmen and boaters alike. It offers its tenants lockers, laundry facilities, pool and spa, recreational area with barbecues, health club and delicatessen. The recreational area is available for parties or other special events. Rates based on overall vessel length or slip size, whichever is greater. All slips are metered separately for electrical usage charge. Marina rates are subject to change at any time.

Harbor Island West Marina, 2040 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA  92101 (619-291-6440).

Marina Cortez, 1880 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92101 (619-291-5985) Office e-mail [Office@MarinaCortezSD.com]. Family-friendly Marina Cortez offers the same basic amenities as the other marinas on Harbor Island yet with a friendly twist. Being the first marina on Harbor Island and a non-hotel marina, you won’t be getting anything but a friendly smile and how can I help you.

San Diego Marriott Marina, 333 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101 (619-230-8995). A great appeal for staying at the Mariott Hotel is to also be able to moor your boat at their marina.   This is another ideal scenario of having a vacation getaway air miles away. Since the marina is big, your chances are good to do so.

Sheraton Marina, at the Sheraton Hotel, 1380 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 (619-692-2249). A great appeal for staying at the Sheraton Hotel is to also moor your boat at their marina. Since the marina is big, y our chances are good to do so.

SunHarbor Marina, 5000 N. Harbor Dr., Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92106 (619-222-1167). This first-ever certified marina prides itself on first-class service and amenities. Plus, it’s located just across from the San Diego International Airport. So if you are a seasonal yachtsman, its location is ideal for a fly in.  Their marina slip prices range from 30′ -33′ ($575-$620 a month) to $65′ and up ($2,500 and up)

Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 (619-574-0736).  This 600 slip marina is a local favorite due to its many amenities and ideal location.

AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR

Point Loma Marina, 4980 N. Harbor Dr. Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92106 (619-718-6260). [e-mail office@pointlomamarina,com].  Offering single slips and end ties from 36-ft. to 178-ft., you can tell that this marina caters to bigger boat owners. It’s also the sister marina to the one in National City.  Plus, there are amenities galore including several restaurants with bay views as well as excellent hotel accommodations just across Harbor Drive.

SHELTER ISLAND MARINAS

The most marinas and yacht clubs nearest to the entrance to the ocean can be found along Shelter Island Drive. Plus, Shelter Island is home to awesome restaurants with awesome bay views and nearly a dozen bayfront hotels. Plus, the sheer beauty of Shelter  Island is a popular excursion for visitors and residents alike. From this vantage point, you can often see huge cruise ships and maritime vessels arriving or departing our beautiful harbor. With so many marinas on Shelter Island, the good news is that you can definitely get a boat slip here!

Bay Club Marina, 2131 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106  222-0314). E-mail Shellley @Bayclubhotel.com]. Not only is this a great marina, it’s also home to the immensely popular Bay Club Hotel. Be sure to ask for Shelley Griffin, who is the director of marina and food and beverage operations. With a duel title like that you are sure to get some great perks.

Half Moon Anchorage, 2323 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92106 (619-29

Kona Kai Marina (8), 1561 Shelter Island Dr. (619-224-7547)[konakaimarina.com]. Got a mega yacht, or want the quickest access to the ocean, then you’re looking for the Kona Kai Marina and Resort located near the tip of the south end of Shelter Island. It has all of the amenities everyone else has plus discounts for dining, spa and hotel rooms. So if you have a mega yacht and money is no object, this is the place.

Shelter Cove Marina, 2240 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106. Strategically located Shelter Cove is an ideal marina for those wanting to have easy access to both San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The marina is located on the north end of Shelter Island and is the first marina as you enter Americas’ Cup Harbor, which is less crowded than the Shelter Island side of Shelter Island. Slips vary in size from 28′ to 190 ‘ with all of the amenities including electricity, water, telephone, internet, and cable. Plus lock boxes, showers, laundry, fitness center, BBQ area and a tenant recreation room. Plus, it’s steps away from the most talked about and highest recommended restaurants on Shelter Island. Parking your car is never a problem either. This marina is also home to the BOATBNB —San Diego’s premier bed and breakfast on a yacht service. So why stay in a hotel when you can stay in a yacht? Call Shaun McMahon ( 619-743-8600) [boatbnb@aol.com]

Shelter Island Marina at the Island Palms Hotel, 2071 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106.  Yet another hotel and marina on Shelter Island offering quick access to the ocean as wwell as hotel accommodations.

MARITIME MUSEUM

The Maritime Museum of San Diego (5) at 1492 N. Harbor Dr. at the Embarcadero (619-234-9153) is literally a floating museum with the centerpiece being the Star of India, which is the oldest active floating sailing ship in the world. Joining the Star of India are a host of other floating ships and boats offering an incredible onboard experience. Must see boats include a soviet built submarine, a steam yacht from the 1920’s, a swift boat from the Vietnam War and a ferry boat and an actual replica of the gallion that Portuguese Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed on when he discovered San Diego Bay in 1542. It’s all here! For times, prices and more information see the Embarcadero Chapter. Be sure to use their discount coupon on this site online for up to four persons. This is a must see harbor attraction. They also offer harbor tours aboard historic boats.

PARADES

a doubt, being aboard a boat in the annual Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s that good. Seeing the parade from the shore is also impressive. Don’t miss it!

Dec 6 Coronado Holiday Parade

Dec 8 Parade of Lights

Dec 15 Parade of Lights

Dec 26 Holiday Bowl Parade

SAN DIEGO BAY’S MAN MADE ISLANDS

Harbor Island (11) Shelter Island (8) Online and print chapters exist in the SanDiegan.com and the SAN DIEGAN extolling the virtues for visiting these man-made attractions filled with marinas, great restaurants, hotels, yacht clubs and fun things to do.

SEAPLANE TOURS

Enjoy a thrilling seaplane excursion with both takeoff and landing on San Diego Bay. The view of the bay from the air is the ultimate experience. Visit SanDiegoSeaplanes.com or call (  ( 8 0 8 – 7 3 2 – 7 5 2 6 0 ).

S E A P O R T  V I L L A GE 

For FREE fun things to do on the  Embarcadero you must visit the 50 plus shops and 13 restaurants as you stroll thru this bayside park. They also offer parking for a fee for ($5) for 3 . hours or part there of and then ($3) for every 30 minutes thereaften or part thereof. You can also get a valadation with a perchase of a minimum of ($10).

S H IP  CHRISTENINGS

The National Steel and Ship Building Company (18) at 798 East Harbor Dr. The build naval and commercial ships. Periodically, when ships are ready to be launched they offer the public an opportunity to view a ship launching. Call (619-544-3400) for launch dates and times. This too should be on your bucket list.

THE PORT OF SAN DIEGO

San Diego’s #1 attraction is San Diego Bay. It’s the centerpiece of our city and a model for other harbor cities to follow in how to smoothly blend together leisure activities with a robust maritime industry alongside a huge naval fleet. This love affair with our natural natural harbor began on September 28, 1542, when Portuguese Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay and proclaimed it for the King of Spain.

Today, nearly 500 years later, we have a stunning, world-class, port, thanks to the forward-thinking San Diego Unified Port District [portofsandiego.org]. They oversee the protection of the 34 miles of tidelands and waterways. Thus, it’s through their vision that we have economic vitality through a balanced approach to the bay’s maritime industry, tourism, water and land recreation, environmental stewardship and public safety. The stunning look and feel of San Diego’s natural harbor were created by the dredging of the bay to enable deep draft military and cruise ships to navigate the bay with ease. This dredging resulted in the creation of both Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Today, both of these palm tree-lined islands are home to upscale resort hotels, fabulous bay view restaurants, stunning yacht clubs, boat brokerage firms, multiple marinas and grassy areas for picnics, weddings, festivals, concerts, art shows and much, much more.

Equally impressive is the family-friendly enhancement of the downtown Embarcadero by the San Diego Port District. It’s now a fun to explore showpiece with two beautiful cruise ship terminals, stunning waterfront restaurants, multiple “must-see attractions” plus underground parking structures and community parks. So residents and visitor alike can enjoy downtown San Diego’s vibrant waterfront district vs. other cities that have build towering high rise blocking citizens from enjoying their waterfront.

Additionally, now in progress is the redevelopment of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Project. It’s a $24 million public works project that will result in a more modern, clean and efficient commercial cargo terminal. All of these incredible accomplishments by the Port of San Diego were made possible by our port being a financially self-sustaining public benefit corporation. The Port District’s revenues are generated through lease payments and not through taxes. So it’s revenue stream is invested back into the community to maintain and enhance our dynamic waterfront for all to use.

As a result, the variety and extent of the leisure activities on San Diego Bay have become so prevalent that a chapter devoted just to San Diego Bay was needed as a quick reference to get the most out of the San Diego Bay experience. Even though many activities are touted in other suburb chapters in this book and online a central resource was needed.

This love affair with our natural natural harbor began on September 28, 1542, when Portuguese Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay and proclaimed it for the King of Spain. Today, nearly 500 years later, we have a stunning, world-class, port, thanks to the forward-thinking San Diego Unified Port District [portofsandiego.org]. They oversee the protection of the 34 miles of tidelands and waterways. Thus, it’s through their vision that we have economic vitality through a balanced approach to the bay’s maritime industry, tourism, water and land recreation, environmental stewardship and public safety.

The stunning look and feel of San Diego’s natural harbor were created by the dredging of the bay to enable deep draft military and cruise ships to navigate the bay with ease. This dredging resulted in the creation of both Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Today, both of these palm tree-lined islands are home to upscale resort hotels, fabulous bay view restaurants, stunning yacht clubs, boat brokerage firms, multiple marinas and grassy areas for picnics, weddings, festivals, concerts, art shows and much, much more. Equally impressive is the family-friendly enhancement of the Downtown Embarcadero by the San Diego Port District.

It’s now a fun to explore showpiece with two beautiful cruise ship terminals, stunning waterfront restaurants, multiple “must-see attractions” plus underground parking structures and community parks. So residents and visitor alike can enjoy Downtown San Diego’s vibrant waterfront district vs. other cities that have build towering highrises blocking citizens from enjoying their waterfront. Additionally, now in progress is the development of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Project. It’s a $24 million public works project that will result in a more modern, clean and efficient commercial cargo terminal.

All of these incredible accomplishments by the Port of San Diego were made possible by our port being a financially self-sustaining public benefit corporation. So its revenues are generated through lease payments and not through taxes. So it’s revenue stream is invested back into the community to maintain and enhance our dynamic waterfront for all to use. As a result, the variety and extent of the leisure activities on San Diego Bay have become so prevalent that a chapter devoted just to San Diego Bay was needed as a quick reference to get the most out of the San Diego Bay experience. Even though many activities are touted in other suburb chapters in this book and online a central resource was needed.

WATER SHUTTLE

Waterfront Summer  Shuttle (3) operates every day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from May 25 through Sept 3, 2018. Riders can hop on and off the Shuttle all day long for an unlimited amount of rides per day, with one ($3) ticket. The Shuttle, which is provided by the Port District, connects visitors with the waterfront and its businesses and attractions. It runs on a loop (approximately every 20 minutes) from the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island to Harbor Drive Bridge just south of the San Diego Convention Center, with several stops in between along the Embarcadero. Waterfront Shuttle Stops:

  • Coronado Ferry Landing………………..8
  • Harbor Drive Bridge………………………20
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt………………..3
  • San Diego Maritime Museum………….5
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis……………3
  • Seaport Village…………………………………..3
  • Sheraton Hotel Harbor Island……….11
  • Springhill Suites/Residence Inn……..20
  • USS Midway Museum………………………3

WHALE WATCHING

Several companies offer whale watching. See Sports and Recreation.

USS MIDWAY

Don’t miss taking a guided tour of the USS MIDWAY aircraft carrier (3). This ship is longer than a football field. It too is a floating museum and offers audio tours for adults and kids, videos, climb in aircraft, flight simulators and more in Downtown San Diego. The USS Midway is open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (619-544-9600 [midway.org]. It’s America’s most famous aircraft carrier. Be sure to use their discount coupon onlin for a child’s free admission. For details see the the Embarcadero Chapter.

YACHT CLUBS

San Diego natural harbor and easy access to the ocean has made it a paradise for boating enthusiasts, which is why being a member of one of the yacht clubs is the best way to enjoy all aspects of boating. You’ll meet wonderful people just like you who share your love of boating be it on the high seas or over a nice meal at your club. The pluses far outweigh any other considerations. It’s not even a prerequisite to know how to operate a boat to become a yacht club member. On the contrary, you don’t even have to own a boat to join a club. Yet, being around boaters and taking classes in navigation usually results in you owning a boat or becoming a first mate on someone else’s boat. So join the fun and join a club. Amazing as it may seem, yacht clubs are always on the lookout for new members to join in the fun. In fact, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. Since no two clubs are alike, plan to visit several clubs to find the right one for you. Plus, if you are looking for a spectacular venue for a wedding, business meeting or a group event, most of these clubs are well equipped with great food and beverage services riveling the best hotel and restaurant venues in town for non-member usage. Here is an overview of the long-established yacht clubs offering the most services. These clubs are listed by region.

Shelter Island Yacht Clubs Southwestern Yacht Club (9), 2702 Qualtrough St. San Diego, CA 92106 (619- 222-0438) [southwesternyc.org]. Founded 1925. Memberships at reduced rates are temporarily being offered to new members seeking a flag, regular, military and competition membership. This club is well known for being the friendliest yacht club, and one visit is all you’ll need to know it’s true. They have awesome monthly social events and great dining venues with top-flight bands for dancing. You’ll also love relaxing in their very friendly cocktail lounge. They also have an inviting clubhouse. Another huge plus is that their restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. This is a big perk because most clubs only serve food on the weekends. Plus, their reciprocal policy enables yachtmen from other clubs to enjoy this club’s great cuisine and bar privilages. Best of all this club is the closest yacht club to the entrance of the harbor giving boaters easy access to the Pacific Ocean. This club is extremely active with a junior sailing program, racing and a cruising fleet. Thus, they have lots of sailing events as well as SUP’s, kayaks, bicycles and a great angler’s club. You won’t find a more active group of sailors with a friendlier attitude than at this club. Having been a club for nearly 100 years, they have won many regattas as their trophy case easily attests to their members winning ways. This club is considered by many to be the best club for all of the above reasons. For weddings, private parties or corporate event rentals, this club offers an awesome venue.

SHELTER ISLAND YACHT CLUBS

Silver Gate Yacht Club (8), 2091 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego CA 92106 (619-222-1214) [sgyc.org]. Founded 1952. With a new clubhouse it’s a great time to join the Silver Gate Yacht Club. Dine with a view of San Diego Bay, Downtown and Shelter Island while having a great meal with good friends. Membership includes a community of racers, cruisers and fishermen. Pluses, bicycles, paddle boards, fitness center and they actively support the Junior Sailing program.

San Diego Yacht Club (8), 1011 Anchorage Ln., San Diego, CA 92106 (619- 221-8400)[sdy.org]. Founded 1886, this yacht club is the granddaddy of them all with tons of yachting awards and noted yachtsmen past and present. Members enjoy every aspect of boating including competitive sailing, with a cruising fleet, active anglers club and rafting. Their eye-catching clubhouse is open daily, and their restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a cozy cocktail lounge. Plus, they have tennis courts, a swimming pool, tons of lockers, trailered boats and boat docking. The club’s facilities include a reciprocal policy, so yachtmen from other clubs can dine here too.

San Diego Cruise Assoc.(8), 2091 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, 92106 (858- 454-7285). If cruising from one place to another is what you like to do vs. racing, then joining this organizations is a perfect fit for you [sandiegoca.org].

CORONADO YACHT CLUBS

Coronado Cays Yacht Club (13), 30 Caribe Cay Blvd., Coronado, CA 92118 (619-429-0133) [ccyc.org]. Founded 1972. This stunning yacht club boast of having the best view on San Diego Bay and few would disagree. They also have a swimming pool and a spa. The club house is open Mon, Wed. and Fri. with dinner being served from 6 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch is also served from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. The club house is very open and inviting inviting and has a membership of 350 equity members. Thus, it’s easy to get to know everyone. They also offer guest docking and reciprocity dining and bar privilages with guest docking when available. Their marina consists of 58 boat slips marina with three-quarters of the boats being power boats. They also offer military membership and no-equity social memberships. So having a boat is not absolutely necessary. The views and the spaciousness of the club house makes it an ideal location for weddings, wedding receptions, luncheon meetings and community event rentals.

Coronado Yacht Club (15), 1631 Strand Way Coronado, CA 92118 (619-435- 1848). [coronadooyc.org]. Founded 1913. This club is located on picturesque Glorietta Bay. It is a 1,200 member club with a host of events taking place throughout the year. They include an active sailing fleet, a cruise fleet and a rod and reel club full of happy fishermen. Sixty percent of the member are sailboaters. New memberships are welcome. They also honor reciprocity with other yacht yacht clubs and slips are provided when available. Banquet and party venues are available.

Navy Yacht Club San Diego (14), P.O. Box 182111, Coronado, CA 92178 [nycsd.org] with the clubhouse being located at Fiddler’s Cove Marina at 3205 Hwy 75 Coroando, Ca 92155, which is two miles south of the Hotel Del Coronado. You must on active duty, retired, active reserve U.S. or allied military or active duty to be a member of this club. They have sailboat regattas and Wednesday night beer can races.