Details for Visitor's Dock

Visitor's Dock

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 3.7 stars from 6 reviews

Address 1401 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

The port is now accepting reservations on the website:

They will reluctantly accept reservations by phone. On site not available.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 65
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 26
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2013-05-11)

Other price info: Transient slips are a maximum rental of 15 days in any 40-day period per vessel/person. The 40-day period begins on the first day's rental at sunrise. Reservations and slip permits are available on-line via the port's website,

Reservations may be made up to 14 days in advance. Payment is required in full at time of the reservation.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Public facility type of access.

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Free






Yes - Key code required. Industrial.


Yes - Institutional








Yes - Note that you're in a resort area and expect to pay premium for the experience.



Hotels or motels

Yes - High end resorts nearby.

Repair capabilities

No - Locally available.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - 2 hours per day of free WiFi.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Free ramp. Not secure. Lots of space. Located 1 mile from transient slips.


Yes - Bus available.

Other services


Humphreys by the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
Great restaurant and outdoor concert venue that allows dinghy raft-ups to listen to the concerts for free. Lots of fun on warm summer nights.

Reviews for Visitor's Dock
Great staging site, 2014-11-10
Captain: , Georgetown, SC (616)

Great location to hang out while waiting for a weather window. Straight in/out to the open ocean, but minimal surge.
Two of the end ties are used by pilot boats, so be prepared for their noisy departures in the middle of the night. Like a lot of SoCal locations, you can expect to see sea lions on the docks. Pretty cool as long as they stay off your swim platform.
As noted below, no security. However, the docks are located at the end of the road on top of Shelter Island, so there's minimal walk-by traffic. The docks are also adjacent to the Harbor Patrol & USCG docks, so that may also be a deterrent.

Transient Docks, 2014-10-18
Captain: , Portland, Oregon (101)

$1.00 per foot per night. Works ok for a brief visit. Not much choice for cruiser's passing through other than the A9 Anchorage over by the USCG Air Station. The location is really not very convenient to shopping, although there are a few places reasonably close for food and drink. For bus service be prepared to walk a mile or more.

Visitor's Dock Moorage, 2013-05-11
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

Convenient location for stays before departing and upon arrival. Location is good for water access and for bicycle/walking access to Pt. Loma/Shelter Island area of San Diego. Dock and facilities are well-maintained and clean. Facilities are basic and dock is open to the public. For San Diego, it's a relatively quiet place (better than some of the anchorages near the airport). Restaurants are near by and pizza can be delivered to the dock. No nearby grocery stores. Plenty of nearby marina supply stores.

could be worse, 2013-02-11
Captain: , Salt Lake City (186)

If you are just looking for a slip for the night or two, then this is facility is okay.
The head & showers are less than ideal, but they are clean. My wife was not excited about the fact that anyone with the correct key code (changed monthly?) could walk in on her while showering.
There is a lot of helicopter & airplane noise from the base accross the channel.
The upside, these are the closest slips to the harbor entrance and open ocean.

Cheap and clean with nice docks, 2011-05-07
Captain: , Alameda, CA (811)

Anyplace that only charges $10.50/night for the first 5 nights and then $21/night for the next 5 nights has got my vote! Especially in San Diego Bay. The docks are nice and the fee includes shore power. But the restrooms are VERY cold and institutional! But if you want luxury, there are may luxurious (and expensive) marinas nearby.

For cheap money, who can complain?, 2011-03-28
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

Listen, for $10.50/day for a boat under 55', who can complain? The only issue that we saw/felt was that the docks were next to the Pilot boats, who go out at all hours of the night.

The showers/bathrooms are very institutional. If you want nice, pay the big $ of the high end resorts nearby.

Also, if you want to eat nearby, expect to pay big $s.

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