Water Activities and Boating in San Diego Bay
The San Diego Bay is a lively area. The natural bay is why the city was founded in the area. Throughout the history of San Diego, the bay has played a huge role in commerce and daily life. To this day, it is a center of activity for the city. If you are visiting the area, the bay is a must-see part of the experience. These are some of the activities you can enjoy on the water.
A short cruise around the harbor may be one of the best ways to see San Diego from a new perspective. There are plenty of great harbor cruises available. Some of them are some options focused on sightseeing while others are just about having a relaxing trip out on the water. Depending on the time of day, some tour operators will have dining and drink options available also.
Taking a harbor cruise in San Diego Bay is featured in our Best Things to do in San Diego article.
Paddle Boarders Just off of Spanish Landing in San Diego Bay
Paddle Boarding and Surfing
For a human-powered experience, consider paddle boarding. There are a number of places around the bay that offer rentals. Consider opting for one of the more sheltered areas such as the landward side of Coronado or Shelter Island.
Did you know?
The San Diego Bay is considered one of the best natural harbors on the west coast of the United States and in North America.
There is some great surfing just outside the bay on the ocean side. There are two surf spots that are boat access only via San Diego; Ralph's Surf Break is located just inside the eastern tip of Point Loma and Donut's Surf Break which is located on the oceanside of Cabrillo National Monument.
Of course, there are also some amazing beaches just up the coast in Point Loma and Ocean Beach.
San Diego is home to some of the best whale watching in the country. Gray Whales migrate in the late winter and spring not far from the coast. Additionally, you can sometimes see incredible Blue Whales and Humpback Whales in the area.
If you are in the right season, you can be certain of getting at least a few great sightings. During the migration, you may also see mother whales with their babies, a unique sight that is hard to find elsewhere.
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Pulling into Dock
Consider heading out on the bay yourself. San Diego is a coastal community with plenty of rental businesses for boats, personal watercraft and more. This can be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy all the area’s sights.
There are some breathtaking beaches in the bay. For example, the Silver Strand State Beach and Glorietta Bay Park & Beach are beautiful places that are as popular with locals as with tourists. Head to one of these spots for a relaxing day of swimming and sunning in the unforgettable San Diego weather. In the evening, find a spot on the beach to enjoy the city’s famous sunsets.