Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier

Location: Harbor Drive at W Broadway
(End of Broadway on Embarcadero)
San Diego, California (map)
More info: Website

Cruise Ship Terminal, Event Venue

The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier is a relatively recent addition to the century-old Broadway Pier of downtown San Diego’s historic Embarcadero. Sandwiched between the Maritime Museum of San Diego and the USS Midway Museum at the intersections of Broadway and North Harbor Drive, it has a dual role as a cruise ship passenger terminal and venue for public and private events.

Opened in late 2010 by the Port of San Diego, the $28 million, 52,000 square foot transportation and event hub has played host to everything from weddings and proms to concerts, conferences, and commercial photo shoots. It has even served as the headquarters for the America’s Cup World Series, an international sailing competition, allowing fans to watch the races from the pier, or enjoy food, drink, music, and merchandise from within the America’s Cup Village.

The Port Pavilion’s central location offers visitors great views of both San DIego Bay and the downtown skyline. When the structure is not taking care of a docked cruise ship or booked event, the pier’s forecourt – the space between the Pavilion and North Harbor Drive – is open to the public 24 hours a day.

The Pavilion is equipped to accommodate over 2,500 cruise ship passengers and is available for rental from early morning to night. There are no kitchen facilities on-site, though it is set-up to support catering equipment. Event security is not included in the rental price.

As a new structure, the Pavilion is also a green building, featuring a supplementary solar-powered energy source, shoreside electricity for docked vessels, energy-saving exteriors and lighting, natural ventilation, and low-flow plumbing.

The Pavilion’s facade, designed by artist Leni Schwendinger, is titled “Tidal Radiance” and illuminates the building’s sleek glass and metal frame with hues of gold, green, and blue after sunset. Moreover, its outer walls are coated with a color-shifting finish that alters the building’s appearance between various shades of blue and green depending on the viewer’s perspective and how light hits its surface.

Located nearby is the San Diego B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, which acts as the primary cruise ship passenger terminal in the harbor.

By Land and By Sea


Parking for the Broadway Pier is available off-site via metered street parking or at one of a number of paid lots in the surrounding area. It is also accessible by public transportation – besides the local trolley, trains run regularly from the Coaster Santa Fe and Amtrak Santa Fe Train Depot stations nearby.

Bay Ferry

Finally, Broadway Pier is one of 3 docks serving the San Diego Bay Ferry, which provides commuters and tourists a pleasant, scenic route between Broadway, the San Diego Convention Center, and Coronado.

For more information, or to book an event at the Port Pavilion, go to www.portofsandiego.org, or call (619) 686-8027.