Top Paddle spots for:

  • Beginners 1) Sail Bay
    2) De Anza Cove Park
  • Intermediate 1) Bahia Point
    2) San Diego Harbor
    3) Shelter Island
  • Advanced 1) La Jolla Cove

Mission Bay:

Sail Bay

This is a beautiful secluded bay spot away from all the camping festivities, you consistently find calm water and a relaxed vibe. Pack some sunscreen and umbrella.

Level: Beginner

Bahia Point

Great starting point to paddle, plus lots of parking out on Bahia point or Ventura Cove Park. Just follow Gleason rd until it dead ends. From here you can cruise the docked ships of Santa Barbra Cove. Go around Vacation Island. Or cruise under the West Mission Bay Drive bridge and head over to Mariners Basin. Check out the seas lions hanging on the docks at Quivira Basin.

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

De Anza Cove park

Head to the second parking lot at De Anza Cove Park, right by the entrance to the mobile home park you’ll find a public parking lot with ample parking. Here is a great starting point to paddle to the enchanted cove and back. This path is sheltered from the heavy boat traffic and a fun leisure paddle.

Level: Beginner

La Jolla:

La Jolla Cove

The most scenic paddle in San Diego. The snorkeling here is awesome. Some experience is recommended. Getting to close to the cliffs can be dangerous, rogue waves can catch you off guard. The local kayak tours provide a good example of the recommended distance you should keep from the cliffs and waves.

Level: Advanced

Point Loma/Downtown:

$20 will be added to deliver to this location. Note there is traffic from 4-6:30 that can affect pick up time.

San Diego Harbor

Located off North Harbor Drive the first exit over the bridge from pointloma, turn right on Spanish Landing W/Lee Ct. Here there’s a nice sand beach on your left to launch your boards. You have quick access to views of the Coronado Bridge. There are several boat marinas to view all the parked boats. You can also head toward Liberty Station. Note as you head out to view Coronado, you will be entering a boat wake area and more turbulent water. You can stay in the harbor or Liberty Station to find calmer zones.

Level: Advanced – Beginner

Shelter Island

Shelter Island boast views of the Downtown skyline, and many yachts parked in the harbor. You can do a loop around the island in the no wake zone to avoid boat wake. Or you can stay inside the cove and check the boats out.

Level: Beginner – Advanced.