San Diego, CA
With a year round perfect climate, San DIego offers some fine kayaking.
Mission Bay is a 4000 acre recreational boater's heaven with 24 miles of mostly sandy shoreline, abundant wildlife, good fishing, waterfront restaurants, and more! It is the perfect kayaking destination for paddlers of all ages and abilities with several waterfront rental locations and numerous public launching l;ocations. While there are an infinite numebr of possible routes, check out our map for launch spots, kayaking and paddleboarding route suggestions with detailed descriptions and optimal conditions, convenient eateries, the best wildlife spots, the best kayak fishing spots, and more.
San Diego Bay is a large working harbor with stunning views of downtown, the Coronado Bay Bridge, excellent kayak and SUP fishing, and a fascinating and historic waterfront. Limited launching and landing spots, lots of large and small boat traffic traveling at all speeds, wind, and significant boat wakes makes much of the bay suitable only for intermediate or avanced paddlers. Beginners will find protected areas at Liberty Station behind Harbor Island, on Coronado Island near Glorietta Bay or at Tidelands Park, and at J Street Marine at the south end of the bay. Visit our map for route suggestions with detail descriptions.
Coastal San Diego is subjected to Pacific Ocean swell that can be punishing, especially in the winter. The fantastic surf that San Diego is so famous for can be hazardous for inexperienced paddlers. Coastal launching and landing spots are limited and separated by significant distances. The only coastal route suitable for beginners is the La Jolla Shores Loop. Other coastal routes should only be considered by groups of properly equiped experienced paddlers after analyzing wind, weather, and swell forecasts. Visit our map for route suggestions with distances and links to more information.
San Diego County has a number of lakes and reservoirs that are open for recreational boating use. Each lake has a different set of rules regarding kayak and paddleboard use. Visit our map for lake locations and all the details.