Living in San Diego we get a lot of opportunity to paddle board especially in the warmer summer months. Below is a list of my 3 favorite places to paddle in San Diego.
SUP Location #1: La Jolla – La Jolla Cove Marine Sanctuary
Water Crowd Factor: Prepare to see a lot of kayaks from the kayak tours
Parking: Weekdays fine but on sunny weekends parking is tough
Sea Life: On its day some of the best anywhere, better than Sea World
Coastal Scenery: Amazing cliffs, mansions, beaches
Bonus: You can pull up and drop your board off on the beach at the boat launch
La Jolla Cove is one of the true Jewels of the California coastline. It’s a marine sanctuary and if you catch it on a special day you will be amazed at what lies beneath you. I have encountered bat rays, leopard sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles and even real sharks while paddle boarding!!! It’s the mother load of sea life right here in San Diego. In addition you get the majestic cliffs and caves along the shoreline to compliment the sea life. Even when conditions are not epic it’s still one of the most beautiful spots to paddle in San Diego or the World for that matter. You cant miss this paddle!
SUP Location #2: Coronado Island – Tidelands Park
Water Crowd Factor: Weekends are nuts, dead during the week, watch for passing ferrys
Parking: Adequate parking steps to the water – weekends beware
Sea Life: A few stingrays, golf balls and halibut if your lucky
Coastal Scenery: Amazing bridge, SD skyline and Military Ships
Bonus: After the paddle hit the Coronado Boat House for Happy Hour
This quaint little island situated just off the coast is just 5 minutes over the bay bridge from down town San Diego Central. It’s also another one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. Filled with amazing bays and connected to the mainland by a 250ft high majestic bridge. You can launch your sup straight into the bay and paddle around the enormous bridge while taking in the million dollar view of San Diego’s high rise skyline and Baseball Stadium. You can continue under the bridge towards the Coronado Yacht Club and catch a glimpse of the Hotel Del. It’s the largest wooden hotel in the world constructed in 1888. You can also soak in the 50’ yachts docked along the shoreline. It’s a must paddle if you plan to be in the area.
SUP Location #3: Mission Bay – Bahia Hotel Santa Barbara Cove
Water Crowd Factor: Hit and miss but usually slow during the week, look out for the Bahia Belle!
Parking: Weekdays fine but on sunny weekends Good Luck
Sea Life: Just some sea grass
Coastal Scenery: Boardwalk traffic, Roller Coaster, Sailboats
Bonus: Head over to Wavehouse after and check out the Standing Wave
They call it one of the world’s largest man made water parks. Mission bay is an amazing sup location of man made bays and parks located just minutes from the San Diego Airport. One of my favorite coves is the Santa Barbara cove not just because it’s easy to access with parking right across the road. The Cove is protected on 3 sides so it’s usually very calm even on windy days especially near the shoreline. And it’s just across from the famous Wavehouse (artificial standing wave) along with its amusement parks and roller coaster. You can check out all the action on the boardwalk as well and the million dollar houses along the shoreline. This spot can’t be missed.
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