Call the Harbor Police (619) 686-6272 to obtain an anchoring permit
, then hang out at La Playa Anchorage in Shelter Island. It's pretty, quiet and relaxing. Or, go to the Coronado anchorage area, in the lee of the golf course and in sight of the Hotel
Del Coronado and Boathouse. Same deal: quiet and pretty. A somewhat longer trip is to Mission Bay's Mariner's Cove. None of these has convenient night spots close by, so be prepared to generate your own entertainment.
If you venture to the Coronado Islands, be sure you carry no fishing equipment
unless you have licenses for yourself and crew and the boat. If you anchor
for the night, on the sand flats to the east of South Island (30-50', good holding), you will have to check in with Homeland Security
at the Shelter Island Harbor Police docks on your return.
Sailing out to San Clemente is an entertaining trip, but rather long. Plan on a three to four day trip so you can have a day or so to dive its crystal waters. Check the Notice to Mariners regarding firing practice, which could ruin your whole day if unprepared.
, and the balance of the Channel Islands, are a greater time commitment, outside the scope
of your proposed available stay.
You can also sail around the Point and anchor
in the kelp beds for a few hours to fish
and dive or surf.
San Diego is limited in destinations, but rich in good weather
and interesting land-based options. You can go visit the Maritime Museum, maybe by docking
at Anthony's Seafood Restaurant for a couple hours. Point Loma has a number of stores that are pretty cool: Downwind Marine
on Canon St., also the nearby Sailing Supply, or the West Marine
Flagship store on Rosecrans. Excellent fish
tacos at Santana's on Rosecrans (2 locations). And, of course, Point Loma Seafood, the best place anywhere for fresh goodies. Also, have breakfast (or anything else) at Red Sails
on Shelter Island Drive, where much of the waterfront shows up.
Go beach diving
or surfing in La Jolla, watch the hang gliders at Torrey Pines, take your clothes off at Black's Beach, go hike Mission Trails Park or visit museums and the world-famous Zoo at Balboa
Park. Hop on the trolley and ride it to the ends of its routes and back.
Then, if you're still looking for exciting adventure, you can come help me sand my cabinsides and learn to paint
with linear polyurethane
. You get to take home all the paint
spots you want at no additional charge.