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San Diego Water Activities

Once-in-a-Lifetime Views of San Diego

San Diego’s good vibes and friendly atmosphere make it the perfect place to have an adventure or try something new. There’s plenty of fun to be had along the sun-kissed coastline, where activities like surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and sailing are favorites among visitors and locals alike. But San Diego isn’t only known for its access to the Pacific Ocean. It’s also home to calm lakes and bays, so it’s easy to spend a day (or more!) on the water no matter your experience level. Whether you’re chasing waves or hoping for some lazy floating, you’ll find both in San Diego. And after a day of exploring the city, there’s no better way to cool off.

You don’t have to forego sightseeing to spend a day on the water. If walking tours aren’t really your thing, book a speedboat cruise for once-in-a-lifetime views of famous San Diego landmarks. Get your camera ready to snap photos of Navy ships, the historic ships at the Maritime Museum, Coronado Bridge, the downtown skyline, and even capture aquatic wildlife sightings!

Another excellent way to spend the day on the water is aboard your own private yacht. A boat charter is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday, or it makes for a great weekend adventure. Enjoy views of the city skyline as the sun sets, or venture out on a whale watching tour. You can even create your own itinerary.

Other tour options include kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals! If you really want to make a splash and immerse yourself in the beach lifestyle, grab a board and paddle the protected waters of the America’s Cup Harbor. You can even choose one of the on-water restaurants for lunch.

Browse all San Diego water activities and book your tour or rental online today!