Paddle Boarding and Other Activities
Water sports are popular throughout Mission Bay Park, and Sail Bay is no exception. As implied by the name, sailing is one of the most popular activities, and sailboats are available for rent. Perhaps even more popular, however, is paddle boarding.
There are two types of paddle boarding. Traditional paddle boarding involves kneeling on the board and propelling yourself through the water with your arms using swim-like motions. A more recent variation is stand-up paddle boarding, which requires you to stand upright on your board and propel yourself through the water with a paddle resembling the oar of a canoe.
Stand-up paddle boarding as it is known today developed in Hawaii in the 1960s. It was first introduced in California in the 2000s. Since that time, it has become increasingly popular with locals and visitors alike. Paddle boarding and kayaking are actually featured in our Best Things to do in San Diego article.
Did You Know?
Sail Bay has speed restrictions during the day so that sailboats, paddle boards and kayakers can peacefully enjoy this the bay without worrying about the wakes of fast boats or jet skis.
A stand-up paddle board looks similar to a surfboard, only it is much thicker. Unlike surfing and traditional paddle boarding, it does not require waves. In fact, although some people do ride stand-up paddle boards on the waves, water that is smooth and calm is to your advantage if you are a beginner.
In the past, stand-up paddle boards were typically made of an EPS foam core wrapped in fiberglass. These epoxy boards are still available, but inflatable boards first became available in 2014 and are versatile enough to suit the needs of both beginner and expert borders. If you are just beginning in the sport, you probably want to rent a paddle board and other necessary equipment rather than purchasing right away.
Stand-up paddle boarding is an excellent form of exercise that develops balance and flexibility while working your core muscles without heavy impact to put pressure on your joints. It allows you to view the world from a unique perspective, and you can take a passenger along with you to enjoy the ride. You can take a long trip on a paddle board and see all the available sights.
However, there is more to the activities at Sail Bay than just sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. This entire area of the bay is surrounded by a boardwalk, so you can walk or run for recreation. There is also a paved bike path where you can ride your bike, skateboard or even skates.
Fanuel Street Park
Fanuel Street Park is one of several kids' play areas around the Mission Bay area featuring climbing equipment. There are also volleyball courts available and a grass park perfect for picnics. At the Catamaran Resort, only a 5-minute walk away, you will find live music on a nightly basis.
Relax on the Sandy Beaches
The sandy beaches are also conducive to sunbathing or simply relaxing by the water. The beach in front of the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa has free chairs and tables to use for anybody, regardless if you are staying at the resort. This is a great spot to set up for the day and relax on the less crowded bay.
If you want to stay on Sail Bay, The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa is one of our favorites!
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego is located in Mission Bay Park south east of Sail Bay. It is accessible from Sail Bay by taking Mission Boulevard and then West Mission Bay Drive or traveling south on Ingraham Street.