San Diego Bay-A Photo Tour

Today I would like to take you on a mini photo tour of San Diego Bay! Will you join me?

First off, fun fact.

Did you know that San Diego Bay was mentioned in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848?

 After the U.S-Mexican War, the Treaty (which is still in effect) pointed out that the entirety of San Diego Bay would belong to the United States.

San Diego Bay Google Map Satellite

Discovering San Diego Bay Via Photos

Sailing San Diego Bay
Sailing San Diego Bay

The San Diego Bay is a natural deepwater harbor found minutes away from Mexico and the United States border and is the third-largest Bay in California after San Francisco Bay and Humboldt Bay.

The San Diego Bay is over 12 miles long and 1-3 miles wide and is separated into two sections:

  1. North Bay-North Island, Shelter Island, Spanish Landing, Harbor Island, Coronado, Embarcadero
  2. South Bay -National City, Chula Vista, Silver Strand, Imperial Beach

So today, we will start our tour north at the mouth of the Bay. We will continue to make our way on the Bay’s east shore, going south and back north on the western coast of San Diego Bay.

Ready? Let’s go!

North Bay San Diego

San Diego North Bay Map San Diego Bay

The Navy has larger ships in North San Diego Bay, as the water here is deep enough for them, and South San Diego Bay waters are relatively shallow in comparison.

Depths of 60 feet have been noted in the northern part of the Bay, while in the most southern region, the water is only a couple of feet deep. The average depth of the entire San Diego Bay is 21 feet.

Naval Base Point Loma

Starting at the mouth of the San Diego Bay, on the shores of Point Loma, we have the Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL)

San Diego Bay Mouth open water rocky edge

Here we are looking at the mouth of the San Diego Bay from Shelter Island, with Point Loma on the right and Naval Air Station North Island on the left.

Naval Base Point Loma Top View San Diego Bay
Here is a view down on the NBPL from up above at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma

In 1998, the Navy consolidated under the Commander, Navy Region Southwest. I found out through research that there are seven facilities here, which include:

  • Submarine Base
  • Naval Mine and Anti Submarine Warfare Command
  • Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific
  • Space and Naval Warfare Command
  • SPAWAR Systems Center
  • Fleet Intelligence Command Pacific
  • Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar
Naval Base Point Loma panoramic San Diego Bay
Naval Base Point Loma view from Shelter Island

Fun Fact- It is not uncommon to hear the Navy’s trained sea lions barking, as well as seeing the Navy dolphin trainers out with the dolphins in the bay around this area.

Shelter Island

Shelter Island Pier Harbor View San Diego Bay
View of Downtown San Diego from the Shelter Island Pier

San Diego, CA 92106

Shelter Island is not an island but is attached to the mainland by a thin stretch of land.

Originally this area was a sandbank only seen during low tide. But in the 1950s, San Diego built the site into dry land using material initially dredged from the Bay in 1934. It is essential to mention that the dredging was necessary to allow for deeper waters to enable ships to access the Bay.

Today, Shelter Island is the home to hotel resorts, restaurants, marinas, a pier, a boat launch, and a public park.

Here we are at the southwest spot of Shelter Island, where the San Diego Harbor Patrol Station is located.

San Diego Harbor Police Dock San Diego Bay
San Diego Harbor Police Station

Looking toward the northeast at the tip of Shelter Island, there are two yacht clubs across the Bay on the eastern shore of Point Loma:

Pacific Rim Park

Pacific Spirit Shelter Island San Diego Bay
Pacific Spirit -Southern point

The Pacific Rim Park is located on the southeastern tip of Shelter Island and has a one-of-a-kind view of the Bay’s mouth.

Here we have the Pearl of the Pacific, a gateway park art project which showcases and blends the artistic attributes of each of the four Pacific Rim countries-United States, Russia, Mexico, and China.

Pacific Rim Park Fountain 2 Shelter Island

The Pearl of the Pacific was a collaborative effort taken on by architectural students from San Diego and sister cities Vladivostok, Tijuana, and Yantai, China, under the famed artist and designer James T. Hubbell.

If you would like to know more about the symbolism of this park, I found some more in-depth information here.

Pearl of the Pacific Shelter Island San Diego Bay
Pearl of the Pacific Fountain

Shelter Island Pier

Shelter Island Pier San Diego Bay
Shelter Island Pier

A small T-shaped pier is always pretty busy in the middle of Shelter Island. Due to its close location to the Bay’s entrance and the deeper waters, you may have a better chance of catching bigger fish, such as yellowtail and barracuda, on this pier.

When I visited last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see a new food cafe on the pier-Fathom. If I drank beer, what a treat that would be to sit and have a glass while watching the boats go by and all of the fishing action.

I have linked Fathom’s webpage above if you would like to have a look. They make homemade sausages as well as kimchee. Take a look at the menu. I have to say that it is very eclectic for a pier restaurant!

Fathom Bistro Shelter Island San Diego Bay

Downtown San Diego View Shelter Island Pier
View from the Shelter Island Pier
Shelter Island East View San Diego Bay
Looking east from the Shelter Island Pier

Here is a view from the entryway of the pier. Do you notice how low the tide is?

Shelter Island Launch Ramp

Making our way east, we come upon the Shelter Island Launch Ramp. Here is one of the busiest launch ramps in San Diego Bay because its location is close to the Bay entrance. Upon further research, I found that over 50,000 boats launch from here every year.

Shelter Island Boat Launch San Diego Bay
Shelter Island Launch Ramp

Construction started in May of 2017 and is estimated to be opened again in late 2018. But as you can see by this photo, taken on Oct 23,  I would guess more like early 2019, but then, I am no expert on construction.

Below is a blueprint of what the new ten-lane launch ramp will eventually look like when completed.

Very lovely!

New Shelter Island Launch Ramp San Diego Bay
New Shelter Island Launch Ramp
boat launch 2020 boat ramp
June 22, 2020

America’s Cup Harbor

Americas Cup Harbor San Diego Bay

Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92106

The American Cup Harbor is located in the northwestern part of Shelter Island. As you probably figured, it has been named after the famous sailing race, America’s Cup.

Point Loma Seafood Americas Cup Harbor
Point Loma Seafood restaurant

At this Harbor, there are three Sportfishing Landings:

  • H&M Landing
  • Fisherman’s Landing
  • Point Loma Sportfishing

 One of my favorite seafood restaurants is also here, Point Loma Seafoods. If you are ever in the area, you must try fish and chips!

Spanish Landing

Spanish Landing Paddleboarder San Diego Bay
Looking at Harbor Island from Spanish Landing

3900 N Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101

Spanish Landing, located directly across the street from the San Diego Airport, is a linear park that offers a bike path adjacent to the Bay and connects you to Embarcadero and Downtown San Diego.

The park was named to commemorate the anchoring here of the two Spanish ships, the San Antonio and the San Carlos, on May 4-5 in 1769.

To summarize quickly, there was a land expedition in Baja, California, to meet ships within the Bay. Because so many onboard these ships had scurvy, the Captains decided to settle and make camp to wait for the land explorers to arrive. Once the two parties met on May 14 and then again on July 1, they joined forces and began the occupation of what was to be called “Alta California.”

Fun Fact-The Alta California territory in 1769 also included the land of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Spanish Landing East San Diego Bay
Looking toward the west
Spanish landing east view san diego bay
Looking east

Cancer Survivor Park

Cancer Survivors Park Spanish Landing San Diego Bay
‘Cancer There Is Hope’ by Victor Salmones

At the most eastern point of Spanish Landing, we have Cancer Survivor Park. Richard Bloch (founder of H&R Block), along with his wife Annette, founded the R&A Bloch Cancer Foundation with the primary goal of helping those who are battling cancer. There are 23 parks throughout the United States and 2 in Canada.

If you would like more information on the Cancer Survivor Parks and discover what other major cities have one, I have linked their official website above.

Harbor Island

West view harbor island july 27 2023

Harbor Island is a man-made island created in 1961 from dredging material located between Downtown San Diego and Shelter Island and directly behind the San Diego Airport.

The island is 2 miles long and only a few hundred feet wide, with two high-rise hotels, restaurants, and several marinas.

Harbor Island Park

Harbor Island Park downtown San Diego

Harbor Island Park – Google Maps

Free parking is available at Harbor Island Park as well as picnic tables, restrooms, and gorgeous large trees to sit underneath.

Lovely east and west views of North San Diego Bay, North Island, Downtown and the Coronado bridge.  The rocks here are a popular spot for anglers hoping to catch fish and watch the planes come in and take off over at North Island.

Cabrillo Isle Marina

Harbor Island West View San Diego Bay
Harbor Island West View

San Diego, CA 92101

Cabrillo Isle Marina was voted the top marina in the 2017 Boaters’ Choice marina by and ranked among the full 2% highest-rated marinas in the United States.

I have listed many sailboat charters in a previous post-San Diego Whale Watching Tours dock in this marina.

Marina Cortez Harbor Island San Diego Bay
Do you see Spanish Landing across from here?
Harbor Island East View San Diego Bay
East view of the Cabrillo Isle Marina on Harbor Island


North Embarcadero- San Diego Bay

Embarcadero hand statue holding fish
Near the beginning of North Embarcadero

N Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101

As we make our way east, we pass by the San Diego Harbor Police and the United States Coast Guard Sector San Diego until we finally reach Embarcadero.

Translated from Spanish, Embarcadero means ‘landing place’ and is the home to the San Diego Cruise Terminal, a Maritime Museum, the USS Midway Museum,  Seaport Village, several parks, marinas, restaurants, and the San Diego Convention Center.

Various waterfront art pieces are scattered along the boardwalk to complement the beautiful scenery and sculptures with historical significance. I will be adding a few of them, but I found this terrific North Embarcadero Self-Guided Art Tour printout if you would like more information.

Let’s have a look!

Maritime Museum and the Star of India

Maritime Museum San Diego Bay

1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

The Maritime Museum has a worldwide reputation for restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels. The Star of India is the oldest active ship in the world! Tours are available daily; see the link above for any further information.

Star of India Bow San Diego Bay
Star of India

We come upon the International Cruise Ship Terminal as we make our way south.

Outside Cruise Terminal San Diego Bay
Outside the Cruise Terminal

1140 N Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101


USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum Entrance San Diego Bay

910 N Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101

Just south of the San Diego Cruise Terminal, we come upon the USS Midway Museum- the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century.

I was honored to visit this vessel for my husband’s Christmas work party nine years ago. I was surprised at how low the ceiling was below, and I am only 5 foot 2 inches tall!

Please click on the link if you would like more information on the USS Midway Museum.

USS Midway Museum View San Diego Bay

Tuna Harbor Park

Embracing peace statue Tuna Harbor Park
Unconditional Surrender sculpture

598 Harbor Ln, San Diego, CA 92101

The Tuna Harbor Park is on a small peninsula south of the USS Midway Museum. The Harbor and park were named in honor of San Diego’s rich history of once being the tuna capital of the world. Though this was over fifty years ago, San Diego still remembers.

Several war memorials honor the servicemen and women of the United States Military, located within and around the park.

USS San Diego Memorial San Diego Bay
USS San Diego Memorial

I wanted to mention quickly that one of my favorite seafood restaurants is found here- The Fish Market. If you are hungry when visiting here, you must experience this place. Make sure to sit outside on the patio overlooking San Diego Bay!

Fish Market San Diego | Seafood Market and Restaurant (

The National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military Memorial is next to the Fish Market.

Bob Hope Memorial Navy Pier San Diego Bay
Memorial next to the USS Midway

Bob Hope Memorial San Diego Bay

Let us now have a look at Tuna Harbor which has an excellent view of the Coronado Bridge.

Tuna Wharf Coronado Bridge San Diego Bay
Tuna Wharf looking southeast at the Coronado Bridge
Tuna Wharf USS Midway View San Diego Bay
View of the USS Midway and Tuna Harbor from Tuna Wharf Way
Tuna Wharf Way San Diego Bay
Tuna Wharf Way

Seaport Village

Seaport Village Walkway San Diego Bay

825a Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Seaport Village is located just south of Tuna Harbor and is home to various shops and restaurants on the waterfront.

Seaport Grill Edgewater Grill San Diego Bay
Edgewater Grill

I have written a bit about this spot in a previous post if you are interested in checking it out.

There are over four miles of paths to follow in and around Seaport Village, as well as many unique shops and food places to visit! Down below is a list of shops if you are interested.

–>Interactive Seaport Village Map<–

Have a look for yourself.

Seaport Village Shops
Seaport Village Interior Park

Seaport Village Interior San Diego Bay

Here is one of my favorite spots at Seaport Village. Looking inside the pond closely, you will find red-eared slider turtles. It is so calm and peaceful here.

Seaport Village east San Diego Bay
End of Seaport Village
Embarcadero North Park San Diego Bay
Embarcadero North Park

Walking straight out of Seaport Village at the most southern section, you will enter Embarcadero North Park, one of my favorite spots to take pictures of the water and people-watch.

Seaport Village Sunset 2011 San Diego Bay
Embarcadero Marina Park North

I have added the above picture to illustrate the photographic potential of sunsets. Seaport Village is one of my favorite places to film sunsets. I love the coral trees here in the wintertime, as they perfectly contrast the sky.

Sorry, I went off on a tangent. Let’s keep going, shall we?

South Embarcadero

South Embarcadero beginning san diego bay
Embarcadero Marina Park South is in the far background

San Diego, 92101

South Embarcadero begins just south of Seaport Village and is the home of the Marriot Hotel and Marina, the San Diego Convention Center, Embarcadero Marina Park South, the Embarcadero Fishing Pier, and Fifth Ave Landing,

South Embarcadero walkway san diego bay
Outside of the San Diego Convention Center
South Embarcadero San Diego Bay
San Diego Convention Center

Embarcadero Marina Park South

Embarcadero South Park San Diego Bay

200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101

As we make our way to the end of the Embarcadero bike path, we come upon the Embarcadero Marina Park and Pier.

Embarcadero Northwest view san diego bay
Embarcadero Pier looking northwest
Embarcadero Pier Coronado Bridge San Diego Bay
South view toward the Coronado Bridge

The Embarcadero Pier is a famous fishing pier near Downtown San Diego. I have written extensively about this pier in a previous post. If you want to look at it, I have it linked here.

If you are looking to have a snack after our long adventure thus far, Burgers, Bait, and Beer are at the base of the pier. As the name suggests, they sell bait and rent fishing rods by the hour.

Here is a look at the menu.

Burgers Bait and Beer Embarcadero Pier

Fifth Ave Landing

End Embarcadero Fifth Ave Landing San Diego Bay
Fifth Ave Landing

San Diego, CA 92101

As we leave Embarcadero South Park and continue south, we come upon the Fifth Ave Landing. Here is where all of the ‘Superyachts’ must land, seeing that they are too large for the marinas. Every time we are down here, there is a new colossal yacht to check out.

Fifth Ave Landing Embarcadero San Diego Bay
Another beauty docked at Fifth Ave Landing.

Just past Fifth Ave, Landing is the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, with a prime location next to the San Diego Convention Center.

San Diego’s Working Waterfront

San Diego Shipyards San Diego Bay
NASSCO Shipyards-Credit USCG Press

1800 Crosby Rd, San Diego, CA 92101

Following South Embarcadero, we come upon shipyard after shipyard, otherwise known as San Diego’s Working Waterfront. Did you know that San Diego is home to the largest shipbuilding and repair force on the West Coast?

Let’s have a quick look.

The Five Port of San Diego Shipyards:

  • BAE Systems
  • Continental Maritime
  • General Dynamics NASSCO
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication

According to the Port of San Diego’s official website, the San Diego Working Waterfront, along with its suppliers, is responsible for building, fixing, and maintaining commercial vessels and the US Navy vessels, whether homeported here or destined for the far seas.

The maritime business in San Diego contributes over 13,000 direct jobs on the waterfront and $2.7 billion in direct economic impact to the region of San Diego.

Working Waterfront San Diego Bay
Here is the view from the Embarcadero Pier of  San Diego’s Working Waterfront

Free Public San Diego Waterfront Tours

I found something exciting! The Port of San Diego offers free tours of San Diego’s Working Waterfront every year in May as part of Maritime Month in San Diego! Upon further investigation, more dates were added throughout the year due to the popularity of these tours. I am not sure what will be offered in 2019, so please look at the link, as you might get lucky.

Coronado View Working Waterfront San Diego Bay
View of San Diego Working Waterfront from Coronado Island

Fun Fact-  The top three imports that come into the San Diego Bay are the following: bananas, fertilizer, and cars. I found it fascinating that over 3 million metric tons of bananas pass through the port of San Diego from Central America each year! 

Naval Base San Diego

San Diego Naval Base San Diego Bay
Photo credit- Wikimedia Commons

3455 Senn St, San Diego, CA 92136

 Naval Base San Diego is the second-largest Surface Ship base of the United States Navy. Home to 50 ships of the Pacific Fleet as well as 190 tenant commands. Established in 1921, the base sits on 977 acres of land and 326 acres of water and has 13 piers.

There are over 25,000 military personnel as well as 10,000 civilians that work on this base.

South San Diego Bay

South San Diego Bay Map

Have you noticed that we have not seen one salt marsh, mudflat, or any eelgrass beds in every place that we have visited so far? This is because North Bay San Diego was dredged to allow the large Navy vessels deep in the Bay’s north.

San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

 Over 90 percent of the historical wetlands of San Diego Bay have been drained, diked, or filled in, so preserving all that is left is of utmost importance.

Established in 1999, the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex put aside 2620 acres of land and water in and around South San Diego Bay. There are two units: the Sweetwater Marsh Unit, which consists of 316 acres, and the South San Diego Bay Unit, which has 2300 acres.

The main goal of the refuge is to protect and restore the habitat for the hundreds of thousands of migratory birds that stop here while using the Pacific Flyway, as well as for the native species that call the Bay home.

Let’s continue our adventure, shall we?

Pepper Park-National City

Pepper Park Pier San Diego Bay
Pepper Park Pier-right next to the National City Marine Terminal

3299 Tidelands Ave, National City, CA 91950

As we continue south past Naval Base San Diego, we come upon the National City Marine Terminal, specializing in foreign car imports and exports. This is the port of entry for one out of every ten new foreign cars shipped to the United States.

Pepper Park, located in the far southeastern corner of the National City Marine Terminal and adjacent to the Sweetwater River Channel; spans 5.5-acres, has a fishing pier, a boat launch, and Pier 32 Marina.

Across from here is the Sweetwater Marsh, within the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Sweetwater River
Sweetwater Channel and Sweetwater Marsh

If you look closely, in the middle of the far background is one of the openings of the Sweetwater River into the Sweetwater Channel. This is one of the reasons that anglers like to fish off of Pepper Park Pier.

Pepper Park Boat Launch San Diego Bay
Pepper Park Boat Launch

Living Coast Discovery Center

Living Coast Discovery Center San Diego Bay
Sweetwater Marsh at Gunpowder Point

1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910

On our way south, across from the Sweetwater Channel, lies the Living Coast Discovery Center– an interactive Nature Center/Zoological Center. I was fortunate enough to have visited here this past summer.

There is a fee required to enter here. The parking lot is located right outside the reserve, and a shuttle bus comes by every 15 minutes to pick up passengers.

Gunpowder Point Looking Southwest San Diego Bay
Gunpowder Point looking south
Living Coast Discovery Center San Diego Bay
Looking northwest from the Living Coast Discovery Center

Here we are looking at the Sweetwater Marsh Unit, which is part of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

I have written extensively about the Living Coast Discovery Center, so if you want more information, click on the link above.

Bayside Park

Bayside Park Chula Vista San Diego Bay

999 Bayside Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91910

We pass by a couple more shipyards as we continue south before reaching Chula Vista’s Bayside Park. We have a huge grassy park, sandy beach, restrooms, pier, launch ramp, and the California Yacht Marina Chula Vista.

Bayside Pier Chula Vista San Diego Bay
South view with Chula Vista Launch ramp straight ahead

 There are additional wetlands and mudflats here just past the launch ramp to the south. Sitting just south of the launch ramp is Bayfront Park.

Here is another excellent spot to sit and watch the birds within the salt marsh. Over 172 species have been noted here!

Bayside Park Pier San Diego Bay
Bayside Pier looking northwest
Chula Vista Marina San Diego Bay
Chula Vista Marina

South Bay Salt Works

South Bay Salt Works May San Diego Bay
Salt evaporation ponds

1470 Bay Blvd, Chula Vista, CA 91911

After passing by the salt marshes south of Bayside Park, we come upon South Bay Salt Works, which has been in business since the 1860s, making it one of San Diego’s oldest businesses after the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.

South Bay Salt Works still incorporates the same way of salt extraction as it has since its inception. Spanning over 1000 acres, salt water is moved from pool to pool, and with time evaporation occurs, and piles of salt, some 40 feet high, are seen sunning in the sun.

South Bay Salt Works San Diego Bay
South Bay Salt Works                                        Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons

Fun Fact- The salt works produces over 75,000 tons of salt a year from the salt ponds. Since it has been operating, over a million and a half tons of salt has been harvested!

Salt Ponds and Migratory Birds

The salt ponds fall within the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge territory and attract hundreds of thousands of birds yearly.

San Diego Bay Salt Works terns swarming
San Diego Salt Works                                                Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons

It turns out that the increased salinity found in these pools is a perfect home to brine (a tiny shrimp-like creature) that birds love to eat.

Though this site is off-limits to the public, an accessible birdwatching tour is offered from time to time through the San Diego Audobon Society. Here is a link to a few of their field trips. So far, nothing is listed, but please check back after the first of the year.

Silver Strand

Silver Strand Bike Path San Diego Bay
A section of the Bayshore Bikeway on the Silver Strand. Do you see the Coronado Bridge in the background?

Silver Stand begins right towards the southern section of San Diego Bay, part of the Coronado peninsula that connects to Imperial Beach.

Along the 7 miles of the thin sandy isthmus, the Silver Strand runs the 24-mile long Bayshore Bikeway. It should be noted that only 16 miles are on a designated pathway, while the remaining miles consist of bike lanes on the city streets.

I appreciate the Siver Strand because you are far from the highway on this bike path section and have excellent views of South San Diego Bay.

If you are interested in more information on Bayshore Bikeway, click on the link above.

Coronado Island

Coronado Ferry Landing San Diego Bay

Coronado, CA 92118

As we make our way from the Silver Stand, we enter Coronado Island. A lot of rich history has taken place here, and I have written extensively about the island’s west side, so if you are interested, click on the link above.

Coronado Island has always been a favorite place to visit for my family and me. On the northeast shore of the Coronado, there is a boat launch and a small outdoor mall, the Coronado Ferry Landing, with many shops and restaurants. There is also a small pier, and if you haven’t already guessed it, because of its name-a, a ferry landing.Coronado Downtown View San Diego Bay

Coronado North Island View San Diego Bay
Coronado Ferry Landing Fishing Pier

Take a Flagship Ferry Ride!

Here is a spectacular chance to go on a boat and experience the San Diego Bay up close and personal! A Flagship Ferry departs from Coronado every 30 minutes and takes you to Downtown San Diego. There are two destinations to choose from once the ferry crosses the Bay-South Embarcadero or North Embarcadero. If you would like more information, click on the link above.

 Naval Air Station North Island

Naval Air Station North Island San Diego Bay
Naval Air Station North Island in the far background

Located south of San Diego Bay and north of Coronado, Naval Air Station North Island is part of the largest aerospace-industrial complexes in the United States Navy-Naval Base Coronado (NBC).

Naval Air Station North Island is home to 23 aviation squadrons,  80 additional tenant commands and activities, homeport to several aircraft carriers; as well as, and the largest aerospace employer in San Diego, the Navy Aviation Depot.

When all the ships are in port, there are over 35,000 active duty military, selected reserve military, and civilian personnel on this base.

There is also a tiny military fishing pier just north of the Coronado Ferry Landing pier that is a favorite of those living and working on the base.

End of Tour

South Bay San Diego
Gunpowder Point at the Sweetwater Marsh Reserve

Wow! That took a lot of work to put together! I never realized how big San Diego Bay is! As you can see, with over 34 miles of waterfront, there is something for everyone here.

Let’s see; there are five fishing piers to choose from and countless marinas, harbors, parks, shopping centers, restaurants, museums, bike paths, and harbor cruises. How did I do? Did I forget anything?

Thank you so much for making it this far. I know that this is a lot of information. Please check back soon as I will go more in-depth regarding South San Diego Bay.

I can not wait to go down near the San Diego Salt Works to go birdwatching this winter, and I will take a fair share of pictures and explore the South San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Imperial Beach and Silver Strand.

Please feel free to leave any comments or questions that you might have!

10 Replies to “San Diego Bay-A Photo Tour”

  1. These pictures and views are amazing. I spent almost a year in San Diego and didn’t do much site seeing. I won’t miss out again.

    1. Hi Justin! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I would definitely go sightseeing the next time you are in San Diego. There is a reason that we are called “America’s Finest City!” I hope you will be able to make it back here in the near future.

  2. Thanks for showing me this. It was like I was travelling around with you.

    There’s just so much to go and see in San Diego

    1. Hi Jordan! Yes, there is so much to see and do at the San Diego Bay. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourself. Please feel free to come and visit anytime!

  3. WOW !! What a lovely site and enormous information ! I want to go and visit, and I would love to do some fishing off those piers and visit the museums and go on one of the harbor cruises, What a wonderful vacation that would be !! I enjoyed your photos. Thanks for sharing !

    1. Hi Tina! I am so happy that you enjoyed my post! Yes, there are oodles of things to see and do at the San Diego Bay. I would say at least 3 or 4 days worth. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

  4. Thank you so much for this very thorough insight into San Diego Bay. I have never been lucky enough to visit this place but now feel like I have had a good snippet of it.

    What a beautiful place with so much history, lots to do and see and plenty of great places to eat!

  5. This is an exquisite documentation of the beauty that this planet offers as you have explored the best parts of the san diego bay. It is most interesting how you have focused on the best parts different islands have offer whilst accompanying the explanations with beautiful visual imagery. 

    I’ve found that the best vacation spots are the ones with the most tropical like and relaxing atmospheres. Having access to open sea areas and he natural surrounding island landscapes can really ease a mind and put it to reset especially if you are living that city life style.

    What area would best be suited for a single person looking just to escape from it all for a week and why?

    1. Thank you for your opinion Shane, I appreciate it very much. Let’s see, single and for a week and I see that you like tropical. I guess it all depends if you are an introvert, I would suggest staying up in Oceanside and exploring all of the North County San Diego Beaches, especially Trestles and San Onofre State Beach. It is a relatively untouched ‘native’ beach. Once there head south and you will come to ‘Old-Man’s:’ beach which has its own tropical garden. Another day you could explore Encinitas beaches and head over to Swami’s Beach, which also has a tropical feel. 

      Let’s say you are somewhere in between and introvert and extrovert then I would suggest staying in Mission Valley. Here you are centrally located with Sea World being less than 10 minutes away. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are very popular with the college crowd. Ocean Beach is a great place to go, it makes you feel like you are living in the 70’s there, with a very pungent skunk smell everywhere (if you know what I mean) Also Sunset Cliffs Natural Park which is just south of Ocean Beach must be seen by anyone and everyone who visits San Diego! 

      Now on the other hand, if you are an extrovert and love action, I would definitely suggest staying in Downtown San Diego and explore the San Diego Bay. At night, Downtown is the place to be if you like going to clubs. Also, just a few miles inland is Balboa Park which has many museums and miles of walking paths, not to mention the San Diego Zoo. I hope that gave you a few ideas. I think you may have given me a few ideas, so thank you!

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