Details for Chula Vista Marina

Chula Vista Marina

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Average rating 4.3 stars from 12 reviews

Address 550 Marina Pkwy
Chula Vista, CA 91910-4098


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager



Mike Sullivan

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Stay in the marked channel on the approach to avoid the shoals to the south and east of the harbor entrance.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 18
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Controlling depth is 8 feet decreasing to 6 feet as you approach the edges of the basin.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Very nice.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: 2010 Rates
Slip Size Rate/foot
24'-29' $12.50
30'-40' $13.00
41-44' $14.00
45-48' $14.50
49-51' $14.75
52-53' $14.95
54-58' $15.50
58'+ $16.50 End Ties 33' - 112'


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Power is provided as 30/dual-30/50 and can be change to meet the requirements of the tenant.

Pricing info: Metered, $5/m minimum

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Via Cox Cable.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Yes - Via SBC/ATT. DSL service at 256k available at most slips.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - At each slip, included in the rent.

Dinghy access

Yes - Limited basis.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboard is available on a limited basis. The waiting list varies from several months to two years. Minimum boat length is 35'. Liveaboard fee of $250/m for up to two people.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Propane is available at the RV resort immediately adjacent to the marina. $3.99 per gallon, 1/5/2013.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are allowed and there are special pet areas at the adjacent RV park.

Disability access

Yes - Ramps and wide sidewalks. Ramps to the docks can be steep at low tide.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Available at the head of J dock. Contact the office to have it unlocked, or use the pump out at the public boat launch south of the marina.


Yes - Available at the RV park general store.


Yes - Bins are located on each dock.


Yes - Three larger showers are located on the east side by the restaurant and smaller shower stalls are located at the RV park and pool.


Yes - 2014, recently renovated and located on the east side of the basin by the office and restaurant and on the north side inside the RV park.


Yes - 6 washers and 6 dryers. Washers cost $1.25 per load and dryers start at $0.50 for 20 minutes, 2014.


Yes - There is a small store with some grocery items, beer, eggs, and milk.




Yes - The Galley Restaurant. Dolphins Restaurant closed as of January 1 2015.


Yes - At the Galley Restaurant.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Complimentary WiFi with a code from the office. Good signal strength with multiple WiFi repeaters located throughout the marina. Verizon Wireless 4G has 3 bars.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Located at the southwest side of the marina basin


Yes - H Street Trolley is a 1.5 mile walk away. $2.50 one way, $5.00 round trip fare including local buses.

Other services


Reviews for Chula Vista Marina
Friendliest and Well Managed Marina, 2017-03-14
Captain: , Scottsdale, AZ (10)

Chula Vista Marina is a fantastic marina, away from the hubub and hassles of San Diego. The previous owners of our boat kept the boat in one of the marinas on Harbor Island "closer to the action". The area was congested, parking was a huge hassle, tenants and management were testy and our eisenglas was covered inside and out with jet fuel from the nearby SD airport. In my opinion, the relaxed and much quieter atmosphere at Chula Vista is well worth the extra 1 h it takes to motor to open ocean. The ammenities are wonderful and the tenants, including those in the adjacent RV park, are friendly. Mike and his staff run a first rate operation, while doing a great job of being friendly and helpful.

Nice but removed, 2016-11-13
Captain: , Block Island, RI (20)

We stayed here for two months in Feb. and March 2016. The marina is very clean, bathrooms spotless. The restaurant is mediocre, at best. The pool at the RV park is nice, and there is a small gym there.
Chula Vista is a bit removed from the "action" of San Diego, and a car would be handy, but the busses/train is an easy walk.
here's a tip for long-termers- record your electric usage! We were charged over $200 for a two week period!! (I used my blender and hair dryer about 3x/week.) Another 3 week period was around $90. After contesting it with the office for over week, we agreed to pay half, but best to have the meter numbers upon arrival and departure.

Nice Little Marina, 2016-01-19
Captain: , San Pedro, CA (80)

We sailed down to San Diego to pick up our spinnaker pole from the previous owner of our sailboat. We scheduled a stay at this marina, and although they could not find our reservation, I showed them where they had already charged our credit card, so there was not a problem. Nice staff and good accomodations.

Four stars because of the difficulty in getting to this marina. Quite a few places that quickly become shoal of you do not stay in the middle of the channel. I understand that running aground is not uncommon.

Great location, other than the long sail to the open ocean, 2015-06-04
Captain: , Tucson, AZ (60)

We moved our sailboat here in 10/14, have been living aboard since the first of the year and will be here until the end of Oct, when we start cruising. Most has already been said, but some additional points. Pumpout is $35/month for twice/month. Bottom cleaning is $40 for our 39'. In addition to West Marine, there are Grainger, two nut and bolt places and a Tandy Leather shop within 2 miles. Home Depot, Costco and Walmart are ten minute drive. the marina has onsite storage lockers or there is a self storage 1.5 mi away. Unless price is no issue, for living aboard, I wouldn't choose any other Marina in San Diego.

Fabulous Marina and Staff - Safe and Secure, 2015-01-24
Captain: , Austin (450)

Most everything that has been said I would agree with. We could not have been more happy staying here. We were at the marina 3 weeks in October and another 3 weeks in January. Our boat stayed here over the holidays while we returned home to be with family. The security was great and we had plenty of people on the dock to look out after the boat while we were gone. A great community of people that are friendly and open. Great time watching football games in the mariners lounge and talking with other cruisers or RVers in the hot tub. We were happy there was no room for our catamaran at any of the other marinas. The only negative is the distance, but if you are staying a while or leaving the boat unattended, this is a very safe and secure spot. For our needs, this has been a Five-Star Marina!

Well managed, maintained facility, 2014-11-10
Captain: , Georgetown, SC (616)

We spent 4 months here 7-14 - 11/14), waiting out the Pacific hurricane season before heading south.
Floating concrete docks, built by Bellingham Marine.
Many slips for multi-hulls.
To assist in enforcing their clean marina policies, they offer a "concierge" service for in-slip pump-outs, bottom cleaning, etc.. Seems to be widely used. No idea as to the charge however.
The marina staff is exceptionally accomodating and friendly. Rates were comparable to the other marinas where we've stayed on our trip south from San Francisco.
No too much to add about ammenities/services/shopping from the reviews below.

A great value in a resort like setting, 2014-01-25
Captain: , San Diego, CA (1239)

There's plenty to do at Chula Vista Marina. The community is active with weekly boating seminars, ham radio club, karaoke, live bands at the restaurant, water aerobics, step aerobics. The facilities are green and well maintained. There's a pool, gym and general store. The marina is flanked on both sides by parks and there's lots of open space.
The marina office staff are friendly and helpful. There's a West Marine just around the corner and trolley stop nearby to get to downtown San Diego or Tijuana. It's also one of the most inexpensive marinas around, it's just a long sail to the ocean.

Grade A - but long way to the ocean, 2013-05-31
Captain: , Kemah, TX (234)

Great Marina and one of the newer marina's in the bay. The staff is excellent and the slips and maint. are awesome. Stayed here for 3 months a few years ago and enjoyed every minute.

Nice place and good value (for San Diego), 2013-01-15
Captain: , San Diego (10)

Very nice facilities, concrete docks, single boat slips (except smallest sizes), many nearby places to eat (great taco shops) and shop (Walmart, Harbor Freight, mechanics, West Marine). Trolley station about 3/4 mile walk (ride to downtown San Diego or other parts). About 25% cheaper than Shelter Island / Harbor Island marinas. (but still expensive -- Southern Calif is high cost) and seems easier to get a slip. Bay sailing is great.

Cons: A long way from open ocean. If sailing can take like 3 or 4 hours to go out the bay and clear entrance. South bay is mostly shoal and getting to marina requires navigating a marked channel.

Like living in Disneyland, 2012-03-17
Captain: , Clear Lake Shores, TX (73)

We stayed here for nearly a year. The staff is fabulous, the maintenance guys are unbelievably cool and helpful and friendly, the on-site pro, Jessie, ( is a gem. The facilites are great, the RV park hosts a pool, hot tub, laundry, and gorgeous landscaping.

The only two bummers are the security staff, who are not nearly as informed about basic boating as you might expect, and the rules list, which involves a whole lotta no. Don't this, don't that, don't don't don't. Some folks we met in the RV park refer to this as the "Marina of No".

Having said that, it's the cheapest, prettiest marina on San Diego Bay. Check it out.

The Best in San Diego., 2010-03-06
Captain: , San Diego, CA (10)

We have had our restored trawler here for 20 years.
It's the best in San Diego. A beautiful location.

Great place and people, 2007-10-24
Captain: , Seattle, WA (17)

I stayed her prior to the Fubar ralley in Oct of 2007. While the entrance is narrow and bends several times on the way in, once her it's wonderful. Docks are concrete, power and water to all slips. I draw 5' and was worried about a -1' tide, but it wasn't a problem. Pump outs are free. You get to use the facilities of an RV park near by. Pool, game room, small store... Again, very nice place to stay if you can't get into San Diego.

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