San Diego Naval Base
Naval Base San Diego Relocation Information
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Welcome to Naval Base San Diego!
Located in "America’s Finest City," San Diego Naval Base sparks thoughts of the beach, sun, and great weather (oh, and delicious food!) for those relocating to the area. But there’s more to this base that you’re probably wondering: where to live, what to do, military spouse employment, schools, and more. Read on for more information for your military family’s move to the San Diego area!
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Located in the heart of the city, there’s no denying the big city lifestyle you’ll feel while stationed at Naval Base San Diego. The area surrounding the base is broken down into neighborhoods — you’ll find that each offers a slightly different culture and demographic, whether it’s primarily college students, tourists, military, or those born and raised here. And you don’t have to live here to know that this booming southern California city draws millions of tourists from all over the world each year.
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Though you’ll become well acquainted with the center of the city, the area that’s considered “San Diego” extends beyond the spirited downtown area. It follows the California coast from Mexico to Orange county and includes mountain ranges, national and state parks, desert, and popular areas like downtown San Diego, Chula Vista, La Jolla, Escondido, and Carlsbad. San Diego is only 20 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico, and you’ll immediately notice the Mexican influence on culture, music, food, and activities.
If you love the outdoors, you’ll feel right at home with plenty of opportunities for surfing (though you’ll definitely want a wetsuit), and other water sports or even just a walk along the beach. Be prepared for a higher cost of living than you may be used to, as well as dealing with regular traffic snarls, though public transportation is a great option to minimize commute times. Explore the area with day trips or weekend getaway trips to the Temecula wineries, Disneyland, Big Bear Lake, Hollywood, or Joshua Tree National Park.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Naval Base San Diego
1. Is there public transportation to Naval Base San Diego?
Good news! There is public transportation to Naval Base San Diego. The UC San Diego Blue Line runs right through the base making multiple stops to get you as close as possible to where you need to go. Most people in the area still drive cars (since the city is so spread out), but if you live downtown, the trolley system is a great way to avoid a few of those dreaded traffic jams.
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2. Is there base housing available at Naval Base San Diego?
Base housing is available at Naval Base San Diego. However, whereas most on base housing means just that, “on base”, Liberty Military Housing is spread out over the San Diego area both on base and off. Since there are so many bases in this region, they often share resources and housing. So, when Liberty calls you with a housing availability, it’s a good idea to know where the neighborhood is in case proximity to Naval Base San Diego is important to you.
3. How many gates does Naval Base San Diego have?
Naval Base San Diego has 16 gates. There are multiple gates to accommodate for the trolley stops and civilian roads running through base.
Click here to see a list of Naval Base San Diego's gates, locations, and availability.
4. In what county is Naval Base San Diego located?
Naval Base San Diego is located in San Diego County.
5. What is the zip code for Naval Base San Diego?
The zip code for Naval Base San Diego is 92136. Other nearby zip codes include 92101, 92102, 92113, and 92118.
6. What is the BAH for Naval Base San Diego?
BAH for Naval Base San Diego ranges from $3,579 for E-1 to $4,491 E-9 with dependents, and from $3,939 for O-1 to $5,334 for O-7 with dependents. See the housing section for more info.
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Base Location & Information
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Military Installations in the San Diego Area
The naval base in San Diego is the Navy's largest surface force support installation. It provides short support and berthing facilities to the operating forces of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Naval Base San Diego is located in downtown San Diego. Even though it’s a big city with public transportation running directly to base with your back yard literally full of amazing restaurants, hiking, surfing, and local attractions (go Padres!), you probably don’t want to give up your car. The city is vast. It stretches far north and with attractions spread out across miles, a car is your best option when adventuring to nearby adventures like Torrey Pines, Temecula, L.A., La Jolla, and more.
Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar are up north but within just a few miles of Naval Base San Diego are five other military installations. Because there are so many packed in this closely, you’ll find many of them closely intertwined, sharing MWR resources, housing, and more.
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The Navy Lodge and Navy Gateway Inns & Suites takes care of incoming servicemembers and their families. With guest rooms and suites with a full kitchen and utensils, the Navy Lodge - San Diego provides a relaxing place to lay your head, whether it’s for one night or ten.
Naval Base San Diego Housing
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Naval Base San Diego military housing is privatized and managed by Liberty Military Housing. They offer 48 different communities in what they call San Diego (Naval Complex). This means that you’ll find a handful of housing options on base, many off base, and a varying degree of proximity to Naval Base San Diego.
Contact: (858) 633-2105
Naval Base San Diego Off-Base Housing
View homes for sale and houses for rent near Naval Base San Diego: Naval Base San Diego Homes
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Naval Base San Diego BAH Information
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S. based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.
Naval Base San Diego is near downtown San Diego, National City, and Coronado with many options to buy or rent. Some sample Naval Base San Diego BAH rates for zip code 92136:
- E-1 with dependents: $3,579
- E-1 without dependents: $2,684
- E-9 with dependents: $4,491
- E-9 without dependents: $4,101
- O-1 with dependents: $3,939
- O-1 without dependents: $3,153
- O-7 with dependents: $5,334
- O-7 without dependents: $4,404
Area Weather & Climate
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You won’t find the traditional four seasons you’d find at many other duty stations in the U.S. in San Diego. Though you’ll notice the temperature fluctuate throughout the year, there aren’t extreme changes in weather. You’ll find that many people consider swimsuits appropriate attire during the summer months. And the winter is justification to wear jeans and a jacket for a few months.
Your biggest concern here is wildfires. The fall, when the winds pick up and the winter rain hasn’t wet the earth left dry from summer, is considered wildfire season. And you shouldn’t feel surprised to feel an earthquake or two as well. Thousands occur every year. Some cause damage but you’ll hardly feel most of them.
Learn more about California wildfires (how to prepare, prevent them, and recover from them) at readyforwildfire.org.
Naval Base San Diego Area Schools
There are no DOD schools offered on Naval Base San Diego. However San Diego Unified School District prides themselves on their favorably rated schools.
San Diego County:
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Families can find the area private schools in San Diego County on Niche and the Private School Review.
Homeschoolers should follow the guidelines provided by the California Department of Education. There are many resources and support groups made available by the California Homeschool Network.
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Support for Military & Families
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Military families and spouses benefit from this duty station’s location. The Southern California area boasts a large number of companies that employ military spouses. And the job hunt looks favorable: the unemployment rate in October 2019 was down to 3.9%.
There are a great variety of non-profit organizations you can volunteer with, as well as many MyCAA approved institutions to further your education, as well as social groups to get involved with the community.
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