Here's what I know:
- Mission Bay (depicted by anchor, upper left): Pros: You can anchor for up to 72 hours, any day of the week. It is well-protected here, glassy like a lake. No permit necessary. Cons: Once your 72 hours are up (don't be late!), you can't come back again for 7 days. Since this is the only anchorage in Mission Bay, you have to make the sail all the way back to San Diego Bay (six-ish hours) when you leave here...unless you want to pay an exorbitant amount for a temporary slip at one of the marinas.
- Zuniga Jetty (anchor, lower left): Pros: You can anchor as long as you like for free, without a permit. Cons: It is not very protected, making for a rocky ride. Since it is off the coast of North Island Naval Base, you can't dinghy to shore and walk to town. You are stuck on your boat for as long as you anchor here (unless you're bold like our friend Adam, who rowed from Zuniga Jetty to Shelter Island and back last weekend).
- La Playa (anchor, middle left): Pros: You can anchor for up to 72 hours, weekends only. Fully protected, it is serene like a lake. You can pull your dinghy up on the beach, with easy access to Shelter Island. Cons: You need a permit and you can only anchor here on weekends.
- Glorietta Bay (anchor, lower right): Pros: You can anchor here any day of the week, for up to 72 hours. Cons: You need a permit. There is no dinghy dock but if you want to go into town, you can beach your dinghy and run across the golf course when no one is looking.
- Cruisers Anchorage (sailboat, upper right): Pros: You can anchor here for up to 90 days with a permit. Cons: This anchorage is designated for visitors from out-of-town, so it doesn't actually apply to the hump but it's nice to know, anyway.
So those are the basics. And as long as you don't mind staying on your boat at Zuniga Jetty a lot of the time, it is possible to live on the hump for free. But for now, I'll stick with my mooring.
Up next: Pictures from Glorietta Bay.