Cruising California – San Diego to San Francisco
San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA
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San Diego is a world class destination for boaters of all breeds. The strong warm breezes provide phenomenal sailing conditions, and the sheltered bays are amazing places to cruise the by the skyline, or even dock up for a drink and a bite. Boating along the gorgeous coastline to San Francisco, you can spot marine wildlife that will blow your mind, watch the sunset over the Pacific and find some of the best sport fishing in the country. Whether you stay inside the protected bays or head off the coast for a bigger adventure, you’ll find yourself addicted to the natural beauty of this place.

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Kona Kai Marina
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL
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Catalina Mooring Service
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL
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Esprit Marina
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL
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Channel Islands Harbor Marina
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL
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Port San Luis Harbor
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL
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Morro Bay Marina
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL
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Breakwater Cove Marina
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL
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Pillar Point Harbor
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL
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Pier 39 Marina
305-398-6800
Miami Beach, FL

Cruising California – San Diego to San Francisco

San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA

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San Diego is a world class destination for boaters of all breeds. The strong warm breezes provide phenomenal sailing conditions, and the sheltered bays are amazing places to cruise the by the skyline, or even dock up for a drink and a bite. Boating along the gorgeous coastline to San Francisco, you can spot marine wildlife that will blow your mind, watch the sunset over the Pacific and find some of the best sport fishing in the country. Whether you stay inside the protected bays or head off the coast for a bigger adventure, you’ll find yourself addicted to the natural beauty of this place.

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Kona Kai Marina
619-224-7547
San Diego, CA

This is an easy channel to enter but stay in the channel. The Zuniga jetty is south of the channel and is partially submerged at any tide. Go past Ballast Point and the submarine base to Shelter Island. If entering from Mexico (or further south) you are required to stop at the Harbor Police / Customs dock. Phone in customs clearance is not allowed in San Diego. After clearing in the next marina on your starboard side is Kona Kai Marina.

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Catalina Mooring Service
310-510-4253
Catalina Island, CA

Catalina Island is gorgeous and has three bays, Avalon and Isthmus on the east side and Catalina (Cat) Harbor on the west. There are no docks for transiting yachts at any of these harbors, there are moorings available on a first come first serve basis.

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Esprit Marina
310-591-2475
Marina Del Rey, CA

As close to downtown L.A. as is possible to get by boat. Enter via the south side of the breakwater. Channel is subject to shoaling, contact Harbor Patrol to check depth if you draw over 61/2 feet. There are several marinas to choose from.

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Channel Islands Harbor Marina
805-984-7780
Oxnard, CA

Today, the islands that the Chumash first settled are part of Channel Islands National Park, in Santa Barbara, Calif., which itself is encompassed by the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, a preserve that stretches from Point Conception south toward Oxnard. The national park is made up of five islands: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Each of the islands offer a unique boating experience that includes hiking, diving, kayaking, bird and whale watching, fishing, and even camping should you want to bring a tent and stay ashore for the night.

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Port San Luis Harbor
805-595-5400 ext:14
Avila Beach, CA

An easy to enter, large roadstead, semi protected. This is a good stopping place to rest up after rounding Point Conception.

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Morro Bay Marina
805-772-8085
Morro Bay, CA

Beware of entering this area in high seas. Morro Bay is a nice quaint small town.

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Breakwater Cove Marina
831-373-7857 ext 10
Monterey, CA

Home of the famous aquarium.

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Pillar Point Harbor
650-726-5727
Half Moon Bay, CA

Beautiful double breakwaters protecting a large bay. You will see the giant antenna from a distance. Inner harbor has some transient moorage but outer harbor has good holding ground and is very protected if you decide to anchor.

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Pier 39 Marina
415-705-5436
San Francisco, CA

One of the best destinations and coming under the Golden Gate Bridge is truly memorable. Strong currents, lots of chop, high winds are features of this great, huge bay. If you want to stay outside of the city just to the north is Sausalito with Schoonmaker Point marina (415-331-1550) having only large boat transient slips on the Bay. They can take yachts greater than 150 feet with up to 10-foot draft.

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