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San Diego Kayaking Destinations

Kayaks at La Jolla San Diego

Known for its beaches, parks and sunshine, San Diego is a gem when it comes to kayaking. There’s 70 miles of coastline, thrilling chops, scenic slices of paradise and more.

Where to Go Kayaking in San Diego

Whether you are a first-time looking to rent a boat or an experience paddler ready to navigate the open waters, there’s San Diego has the perfect kayaking spot for you.

La Jolla

San Diego, CA

La Jolla is San Diego’s “jewel by the sea.” It’s dramatic coastline and incredible ocean views make it one of San Diego’s most popular beaches and kayaking destinations. It is surrounded by the sea on three sides with the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad at its back. You’ll enjoy paddling past sandy beaches, sea caves and cliffs with plenty of opportunities for spotting wildlife including garibaldis, dolphins, leopard sharks and sea lions. The beach and cove provide some protection from the waves but be prepared to navigate some choppy waters.

Mission Bay Park

San Diego, CA

Stretch along 27 miles of San Diego coastline, Misson Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the US. The park covers more than 4,000 acres, half of which is water, giving kayakers, paddleboarders and surfers plenty of opportunities for fun. Paddlers will enjoy calm, flat waters along with a network of tiny islands and clear blue channels to explore.

Coronado Beach

Coronado, CA

Just across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado has been voted best beach in the US multiple times. Its golden, sandy beaches sparkle under the San Diego sun. Enjoy beautiful views of both the island and the unmistakable San Diego skyline as you kayak.  Admire the Coronado Bridge from below and see the impressive steel plates that went into the make of the two-mile-long structure. Watch for seals, dolphins and even whales.

Carlsbad Lagoon

Carlsbad, CA

Comprised of three adjacent bodies of water, the Carlsbad Lagoon offers a variety of kayaking opportunities just up the coast from San Diego. There’s a large 295-acre inner lagoon, saltwater wetland and watershed. Enjoy exploring the unique coastal ecosystem and glassy calm waters. The area is home to nearly 200 different bird species and fills with wildlife at high tide.

Lower Otay Lake

Chula Vista, CA

Kayak like an Olympian at Lower Otay Lake. Located in Chula Vista, this manmade reservoir is the home of the US Olympic Training center for rowing sports. It offers perfect flatwater kayaking and spectacular views of the rugged mountain scenery. It is a calm and relaxing kayaking destination with few crowds and lots of wildlife.

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