We’ve talked about San Diego beaches before, but beyond the sand is one of nature’s greatest features: the Pacific Ocean. Here are some of the coolest activities you can partake in while you’re on the world’s largest ocean.
April marks the end of the gray whale migration to Baja – which means you’ll be in the right place at the right time to catch some great whale watching. Each year, over 20,000 gray whales make the journey to warmer waters, and San Diego is right on their route. Ready for a voyage? Check out Flagship Cruises & Events or Hornblower Cruises & Events for two of the area’s most popular tour operators.
Kayaking is a great water sport that visitors of all ages and experience levels can enjoy. The most popular place to launch is La Jolla Shores, but nearly all beaches offer the opportunity to set sail on the open ocean. Rent a kayak and set off yourself, or sign up for a guided tour. You can usually see lots of local wildlife, since dolphins, sea lions and seals make themselves at home nearby, and if you’re lucky, you can even see whales!
The California weather in San Diego means that the water’s always warm. Many local diving equipment manufacturers are located nearby, so you can get the best instruction. Already certified? Head to the La Jolla Underwater Park, which features two distinct diving sections. The Ecological Reserve is protected from fishing and many species make their homes there, including leopard sharks and dolphins. The Marine Life Refuge section hosts Scripps Pier and plays host to the research of the Scripps Department of Oceanography.
Technically, these cruises don’t head into the Pacific Ocean (they stay in the San Diego Bay), but close enough. San Diego Harbor Cruises, operated by Flagship Cruises & Events, offer plenty of options for a sail around the Bay. During the day, head out on narrated harbor tour, or wait for nightfall and set sail on a gourmet dinner cruise.
If you’re looking to captain your own ship, check out Seaforth Boat Rental, the largest boat rental and charter company in San Diego. The list of watercraft you can rent is almost endless: powerboats, sailboats, fishing boats, paddle boats, pedal boats, wave runners…there’s something for everyone. The company also offers classes, as well as charters for sailing, yachts and fishing.
How do you like to spend your time on the water?