Sail Bay

Sail Bay in Mission Bay Park offers sandy beaches and opportunities to participate in water sports, such as sailing, kite surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking.
Why you'll love this beach
Why you'll love this beach
Sail, Paddle Board, Kite Surf or Kayak from Sail Bay at Mission Bay Park
Sail Bay
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Overview

On a Sailboat in Sail BaySunset Over Sail Bay in Mission Bay

At 4,235 acres, Mission Bay Park in San Diego is the largest man made aquatic park in the world. Originally, it was an area of wetlands called False Bay and discovered by European explorers in 1542. The area was dredged and the displaced soil repurposed to form Mission Bay Park during the 1940s to the 1960s.

Mission Bay Park is made up of a number of individual beach areas. One of these is Sail Bay Beach, located in the northwest area of Mission Bay Park. It consists of a circular cove where the entire perimeter consists of a sandy beach between Crown Point to the east and Santa Clara Point & El Carmel Point to the west.

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Things to Do

Beach Volleyball
Beach Volleyball
Bikes Allowed
Bikes Allowed
Kayaking
Kayaking
Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding
Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding
Running
Running
Skateboarding Allowed
Skateboarding Allowed
Sunbathing
Sunbathing
Swimming
Swimming

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.

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.

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.

How to Get There & Parking

Free Parking
Free Parking
Lot Parking
Lot Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Street Parking
Street Parking

Getting to Sail Bay

Both I-5 and Interstate 8 will provide access to Mission Bay Park. From the I-8, you can take the West Mission Bay Drive exit to Mission Boulevard or to Ingraham Street, depending on whether you want to end up on the western or eastern side of Sail Bay. I-5 runs parallel to Mission Bay Park on the east side and offers access to Sail Bay via Grand Avenue or PB Drive.

Parking near Sail Bay

There are several spots along the beach where you can park your car for free. One of these is Fanuel Street Park. Another easy access point is the Riviera Shores Beach at the intersection of Moorland Drive and Riviera Drive.

If you would like to access the part of Sail Bay closer to the Catamaran Resort you can usually find parking off of PB Drive and just walk to any of the streets that dead-end into the bay.

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Boardwalk
Boardwalk
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Camping
No Camping
No Glass Containers
No Glass Containers
No Motorized Vehicles
No Motorized Vehicles
No Smoking
No Smoking
Outdoor Showers
Outdoor Showers
Picnic Tables
Picnic Tables
Playground
Playground
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
Shade
Shade
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

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Available Facilities

There are areas in Mission Bay Park that offer showers, but Sail Bay is not one of them. However, restroom facilities are available, although some close seasonally. Lifeguards are on duty daily throughout the summer and then on weekends in the early fall and late spring.

Dogs Allowed

Dogs are only allowed on Sail Beach at certain times of the day. They are not allowed during the peak hours between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., but they are allowed before and after. From November to March, when the days are shorter, dogs are allowed on the beach after 4:00 p.m.

Sail Bay
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Sailing
Sailing
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Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Restrooms Available
Restrooms Available
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available
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