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Stay The Night In Ayala Cove At Angel Island

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Things to Do with your New Boat Series: Part One

Have you heard of Ayala Cove at Angel Island? It is one of our favorite places in the world to overnight on a boat and is located in the San Francisco Bay. Ayala Cove offers beautiful views of the Raccoon Straights and Angel Island and is a buzz of activity during the day. In the evenings, the fog rolls in, the wildlife claims its island back from the tourists, and the tranquility truly sets in. Our goal is to encourage you to visit this great spot as soon as you can, so we have included some information to help you get there. And once you do, we would love it if you would send some pictures of your adventure so we can show everyone the good time that can be had at the cove.

Here's some information about and tips for mooring at Ayala Cove:

Mooring Availability

Ayala Cove has a limited number of mooring buoys available for overnight stays. These buoys are managed and maintained by the California State Parks system.

Registration and Fees

Moorings are $35 per night and can be paid at the Kiosk located at the top of the islands marina dock gangway.

Amenities and Facilities

Ayala Cove offers some amenities and facilities for boaters. There are restroom and shower facilities available on the island. The cove also has picnic areas, hiking trails, and a visitor center where you can learn about the island's history and natural features.

Regulations and Guidelines

From 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM, boaters are not allowed on the island without a permit to camp on one of the island's 9 campsites When mooring at Ayala Cove, it's important to adhere to all relevant regulations and guidelines. Observe the designated speed limits within the cove and maintain a respectful distance from other moored vessels. Be mindful of any fire and safety regulations the California State Parks enforced.

Exploring Angel Island

During the day, you can hike the various trails on the island, including the popular Perimeter Road Trail, which offers stunning views of the bay. Visit the Immigration Station Museum to learn about the island's history as a gateway for immigrants.

Provisioning and Supplies

It's important to plan ahead and bring any necessary provisions and supplies with you to Ayala Cove. There are no stores or restaurants on the island, so ensure you have enough food, water, and other essentials for your stay.


Tips for Mooring at Ayala Cove:

Mooring Instructions

  • Tie vessel at the bow and stern at the fore and aft mooring balls.

  • The vessel should be secured with the bow pointing northeast and the stern facing southwest.

  • Ayala Cove is shallow. Pay attention to the tidal ranges for the duration of your visit.

  • You will need long lines.


We really hope you make it out there soon and don’t forget to email those pics to chris@simpsonyachts.com

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