San Diego-Coronado Ferry
San Diego Harbor Excursion Dock,
1050 North Harbor Drive,
bottom of Broadway
The bad news is you have to do this at the start or the end of the day. The good news, San Diego Bay is at her most beautiful then. What's more, this cruiser really cruises, even though, officially, it's a commuter ferry to Coronado. In the morning you cross over to North Island Naval Air Station and tie up near the old naval headquarters. Matelot and civilian workers jump on and off. Then you putter in the shadow of the awesome aircraft carriers, past Millionaires' Row, till you arrive at the ferry landing. Totally free. Why? Coronado's transit management association is trying to get cars off the crowded isle; they want to encourage commuters to use the boat, not the bridge. Grants subsidize certain "commuter" ferry runs across the bay. Free for you and your bike too. Turn up at the ferry landing (bottom of Broadway), climb aboard, and ask for the "green commuter ticket." That gives you the return afternoon trip. In the morning, these special departure times from San Diego are 5:45, 6:45, 7:30, and 8:20 (8:20 doesn't call at naval base). Free afternoon returns leave Coronado at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30. The 6:30 skips the base, but catches the best of the sunset.