San Diego’s warmth, sunshine, long sandy beaches, and bountiful kelp forests and coral ecosystems mean it is one big watersport playground. Water temperatures in the summer can get as high as 69 degrees and as low as 57 in the winter, so while you may need a wet suit for deep sea activities, you won’t have to suffer bone-chilling temperatures to enjoy San Diego water sports. You’ll have access to any water sport you can think of: waterskiing, tubing, scuba diving, surfing and more.
If you’ve never gone scuba diving, San Diego is a great place to take your first dive. There are tons of guides and charters and schools that will offer first-time dives to get you acquainted to dives meant for the professionals.
The San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve is a popular place to scuba dive. You’ll see red and two-spot octopuses, juvenile fish, shrimp, blennies, and an ever-changing and multihued array of nudibranchs. In Wreck Alley, halfway between La Jolla and Point Loma, you’ll find eight ships, including the HCMS Yukon, a Canadian destroyer, and the Ruby E, a 165-foot (50 m) Coast Guard cutter. At Point Loma, you’ll find crabs, lobsters, moray eels and sponges.
Surfing is One of the Best Water Sports in San Diego
The surfing scene in San Diego is world famous and it’s one of the most popular water sports in San Diego. Some of the most famous surfing spots in the world are right here in San Diego. They include Black’s Beach, which has one the most powerful breaks in California. Swami Beach is such a household name among surfers it was even mentioned by the Beach Boys in the song “Surfin’ USA.” Trestles, south of the city center on the border of San Diego and Orange Counties, is a world-famous surfing spot.
Imagine skipping across the San Diego bay at 75 mph. It’s hard to hold back on the throttle when you’re on a jet ski. This might be one of the most fun San Diego water sports. You can rent jet skis from San Diego Jet Skis, San Diego Bay Adventures, and Luxury Jet Ski Rentals among other places. Prices start at $50 per hour with fuel included.
Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard
If jet skiing is the most fun way to experience the water, kayaking and paddleboarding may be the most accessible. These are great sports if you’re looking for a more leisurely experience out on the water or if you’re looking for something to bring the family on. There are tons of stores around San Diego that rent both kayaks and paddleboards, including San Diego Bay Adventures and Aqua Adventures Kayak & Paddleboards.