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San Diego is a
safe-haven for people who feel at home when surrounded by saltwater. No trip to
America’s Finest City is complete without at least a few days spent seaside.
Here are five aquatic adventures to have in San Diego to ensure that you get
the much-needed water time on your visit.
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Snorkel at La Jolla Cove
Look underwater at La
Jolla Cove and don’t be surprised to see resident sea lions, seals, flashing
orange Garibali, shovelnose guitar fish, and schools of other fish joining you
on your snorkel session. San Diego has unique underwater ecosystems of rock
reefs and massive kelp forests that provide homes to all types of wildlife.
Rent a snorkel, mask, and fins from a nearby shop or simply bring your own.
Sightings of harmless leopard sharks are common, but they’re more afraid of you
than you are of them.
Kayak through Mission Bay
Calm and perfect for
all abilities, Mission Bay is the place to explore from the seat of a kayak.
Expect to get an arm and core workout while navigating through the expansive
bay. Mission Bay is home to over 27 miles of coastline with inlets and
waterways, all waiting to be discovered. Search for marine life like dolphins,
seals, or sea lions for the full San Diegan package. You can even pack a lunch
and paddle ashore at the best beach that catches your eye – just be sure not to
tip over. Take a guided tour with a local or rent a kayak and explore on your
own. Either way, you’re sure to have an adventure.
Surf at La Jolla Shores
Surfing is practically
synonymous with San Diego. Offering waves for all abilities, San Diego is a
prime place to learn. Beginners can go to La Jolla Shores, while experienced
surfers can find more challenging waves at Scripps or Blacks Beach, located
just north of what locals call, “The Shores.” If you’re learning, it’s best to
rent a big foam-top surfboard and try to balance in the white-wash. Post surf,
walk up the main strip, and grab a bite to eat at one of the town’s quirky
Standup Paddleboard at Night in San Diego Bay
Without your standup
paddleboards outfitted with LED lights underneath, this nighttime excursion is
an adventurous way to get prime views of the San Diego skyline. Paddle between
the shores and iconic Coronado Bridge for a unique, challenging, and surreal
experience. Don’t stress too much about falling into the water, the excursion
includes a life vest though the boards are usually stable.
Learn to Sail in Mission Bay
Don’t know how to sail?
Don’t worry, San Diego has you covered. There’s something freeing about using
nothing but wind to propel you forward, and sailing across the world is an
adventure that seems to be universal. Try your hand at being skipper of your
own craft with sailing lessons that teach you the basics.