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Rules, Rates, Facts

The City of Monterey's Harbor and Marina is a perfect place to park your boat for a stay in the Monterey Bay. The Harbor and Marina are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All boats must obtain a mooring or berthing assignment from the Harbor Office. Close by are shops, restaurants, City attractions, and boater facilities (restrooms, showers, washers and dryers, etc). Click the Master Fee Schedule button below to open up detailed information about rates and fees for slips and moorings.

Master Fee Schedule

Monterey Harbor is a beautiful location that attracts many visitors. In order to ensure that your visit - whether it be long or short - is safe, the City of Monterey has developed several regulations that you need to be aware of.

Please take a moment to visit the attached links and familiarize yourself with the ones that pertain to you. We look forward to your visiting the Monterey Harbor. If you have any questions, please email us.

Monterey City Code
CHAPTER 17- Harbor & Marina Ordinance
Rates for holders of slip licenses are set by City Council Resolution and are based on the length and beam of the slips. Each fiscal year, July 1 - June 30, as required in the terms of our California Department of Boating and Waterways loan, slip fees are adjusted by the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose Bay Area Cost of Living Index.

Slip licensees paying their fees annually, instead of monthly, receive a 10% discount when paid the first month of the fiscal year. Additional fees for boats requesting liveaboard privileges and licensees assessed the berth assignment rate will be added to this base rate.


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How much does it cost to reserve a slip?

Please see Marina Rates

How do I get on the Marina Waiting List?

The Marina currently has a waiting list for slips. See application

Can I reserve a slip?

Monterey Municipal Marina does not take reservations. Accommodations are on a first come first served basis.

Do you have visiting boaters docks?

Monterey Municipal Marina rents slips vacated by our long-term customers. Slip fee income from visiting boats is split with half going to marina operating costs and half applied as a credit to the slip "licensee's monthly slip fees."

Where can I get fuel in Monterey Harbor?

Breakwater Cove Marina operates a fuel dock 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Can I rent a mooring for a night?

Moorings balls in the Outer Harbor are privately owned and can only be occupied with the owners permission and under the City's sublicense rules. The East Moorings are rented on a monthly basis. Slip fees

How much does it cost to launch a boat?

The City of Monterey operates two launch ramps for the public to use. There is no charge to use the launch ramps.

Where can I anchor?

An Open Anchorage area is located east of Wharf #2 outside the mooring field.

Can I tie up for a couple of hours to tie up or take on water?

Monterey Marina will accommodate short stays on a space available basis. Call the Harbor Office for a "Day Use" slip assignment. Please don't abuse this unique privilege.

Where can I get supplies?

There are several stores and three chandleries within walking distance of the Marina. Stop by the Harbor Office for a map and directions.

Where can I rent a boat?

Several businesses rent kayaks and you can charter sailboats and fishing boats, but rental boats are not available in Monterey Harbor.

What can kids do in Monterey?

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most unique aquariums in the world, and a great place to spend the day. Dennis the Menace Playground is a short walk from the Marina with lots to do and paddle boat rentals on Lake El Estero are located close by. The Monterey Sports Center is right across the street from the harbor and marina and features a swimming pool with a water slide, basketball, tennis, and group exercise classes. The Monterey "Path of History" starts at the foot of Fisherman's Wharf with the Old Custom House. Waterfront businesses rent kayaks, bicycles and rollerblades for a day on the recreation trail.