Boating and Cruising in San Diego
San Diego is a world class destination for boaters of all breeds. The strong warm breezes provide phenomenal sailing conditions, and the sheltered bays are amazing places to cruise the by the skyline, or even dock up for a drink and a bite. Boating along the gorgeous coastline, you can spot marine wildlife that will blow your mind, watch the sunset over the Pacific and find some of the best sport fishing in the country. Whether you stay inside the protected bays or head off the coast for a bigger adventure, you’ll find yourself addicted to the natural beauty of this place. America’s southwestern most boating destination will not disappoint you.
The protected waters of Mission Bay make this a perfect spot for watersports like wakeboarding and water skiing. The water is calm and warm making this part of the coast extremely inviting for a relaxing cruise and a swim. The 27 miles of shoreline along the bay, with ample beaches and parks, give you plenty to explore from the water. The western part of the bay is designated for sailing, with limited speeds for power boats. You’ll feel a true Southern California atmosphere in these balmy, palm lined shores.
The many lakes in San Diego County are known for a lot of things including camping, natural beauty, and some serious bass fishing. Most lakes in the area have a long history of welcoming recreational boating and sport fishing. And it’s not just bass. Halibut, rockfish, croaker, corbina, sheephead, catfish, and bluegill are all part of the lake scene here. Dixon Lake, Lower Otay, Poway Reservoir, Lake Murray, Cuyamaca, and El Capitan Reservoir are all great spots to launch a boat and spend a day or two in the peace and calm of Socal’s freshwater oases.
We at Sail San Diego believe sailing is an experience that can make you feel more alive. Being in fresh air, in a gentle swell, away from the coast where the mind can wander is cathartic. We've held residence all over the planet but have rooted ourselves in San Diego because we feel it's the only place where we can do what we love most every day in the company of like-minded people who live life to the fullest. Free of hurricanes, high humidity, ice and snow, we're able to make the most of every minute of every day. We pride ourselves in celebrating and sharing the gift of the sea with others and we do this every time we get the sails in the wind.
Freedom Boat Club was first founded in 1989 in Sarasota, FL. It is the oldest and largest boat club in the nation. The vision and purpose in establishing the boat club model was simple and straightforward … to provide an affordable option to boat ownership and to deliver a hassle-free recreational boating experience for its members.