There are so many fun activities to try, and whether you have never been to the ocean or are a pro out on the waves, you’ll be sure to have tons of fun. Here are some exciting activities to try out on the water this summer.
One of the biggest stereotypes about Southern California is that it is full of surfers, but that stereotype definitely exists for a reason. There are so many amazing places to surf in the San Diego area. If you are a beginner, try heading to La Jolla Shores or the Silver Strand, where waves are just big enough for you to get some good practice, but not strong enough to do serious damage. For more experienced surfers, Ocean Beach, Windandsea, or Pacific Beach are all great choices. There are tons of places to take lessons as well, and you can rent gear from one of the many shops around the city.
You might not think of kayaking when you think of San Diego, but there are actually a ton of great places to kayak in the area. The Mission Bay neighborhood, in particular, features a ton of connected waterways to explore. You can rent kayaks very cheaply on the marina, and head out on a solo adventure or go with your friends. Kayaking is also a great way to get a workout in – you will definitely feel sore the day after.
If you want a completely unique experience that you won’t forget anytime soon, head up to La Jolla to try snorkeling. The area is full of amazing marine wildlife, like seals, leopard sharks, stingrays, and plenty of fish, so you are virtually guaranteed to see some amazing sights. La Jolla Shores is the best place for beginners to learn because the water is shallower, but you’ll see some more dramatic sights in La Jolla Cove. Rental gear (goggles, fins, and a wetsuit) is generally very affordable, and if you have kids or just want to learn from a pro, there are tons of places that offer lessons.
This is a great activity for adventure junkies with a craving for speed. You can rent jet skis throughout the Mission Bay area, and enjoy racing your friends and family around. These small personal watercraft are easy to maneuver around, and you can go by yourself or rent a large one and ride with friends and family. This is a good choice if you don’t want to get in the water, but still want to enjoy some time out on the ocean. Just be sure to be safe and aware of your surroundings.
For a completely relaxed day outside, try fishing. While there aren’t many places to fish right on the coast, you can head a short drive inland and find tons of great spots. Lake Cuyamaca, Lake Miramar, and Lake Murray all are relatively accessible and have a variety of fish available.
If you aren’t adventurous enough for any of the other activities on this list, you can still enjoy the gorgeous waters of the Pacific Ocean by going swimming. Just head down to any of the incredible beaches and dive right in. The rhythm of the waves is sure to help relax you, and if you don’t visit the beach regularly, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget. Just be sure to go on a warm day, because the water tends to be on the colder side.