The TOP 11 Places to Stand up Paddle Board in San Diego
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San Diego is known for its miles of public beaches and is becoming well established as a haven for stand up paddle boarding (aka SUP). And with warm weather year round and a diverse coastline it’s easy to understand why.
Stand up Paddle Boarding is a sport fit for anyone who is looking to get out on the water, but may be hesitant to try out surfing (like me!). With that in mind, I’ve put together a guide on the best places to SUP in San Diego.
Like any water based sport, there is gear needed for a fun & safe venture out on the water. Here is the gear needed for paddle boarding in San Diego:
- SUP: you can either purchase your own if you live locally, or rent one. If you decide to purchase I would suggest an inflatable SUP, as it’s easier to travel with (especially if you have a small car like I do), however it’s a workout to pump up for every session.
- PFD, aka a personal flotation device
- Sun blocking attire
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Top 11 places to stand up paddle board in San Diego
FOR BEGINNGERS1.) Ventura Cove at Bahia Hotel, Mission Bay
✔ Lots of free parking
✔ Calm waters, great for SUP yoga
✔ Paddle up to the Barefoot Bar & Grill for drink & appetizer mid-paddle session2.) Shelter Island Bay
✔ Neighborhood parking
✔ Secluded small bay area with great views3.) Fiesta Island
✔ Lots of places to park on the island or near Mission Bay Playground
✔ Calm waters
✔ Public restrooms near the Mission Bay Playground4.) Mariners Basin/Bonita Cove, Mission Bay
✔ Lots of free parking
✔ Parking lot is walking distance to local restaurants & Belmont Park
✔ Calm waters5.) Sail Bay, Mission Bay
✔ Large bay area with plenty of places to take off from
✔ Calm waters where you’ll see other paddlers
FOR EXPERIENCED & SEASONED PADDLERS6.) La Jolla cove Marine Sanctuary
✔ Great for seeing marine wildlife
✔ Parking can be difficult depending on the day of the week & time of day7.) Del Mar Dog beach
✔ Huge perk being there are dogs on the beach, duh!
✔ Convenient parking8.) Tideland Parks, Coronado Island
✔ Great views of San Diego skyline
✔ Parking lot in the park9.) Harbor Island
✔ Great views of San Diego skyline & Point Loma area
✔ Option to have lunch or drinks at Coasterra afterwards
FOR ADVANCED PADDLERS10.) Coronado Island, the Shores
✔ View of the famous Coronado Hotel
✔ Parking is farther away11.) Tourmaline, Pacific Beach
✔ Good for SUP surfing
✔ A local favorite, especially at sunset
✔ Rocky beach
✔ Parking lot fills up fast
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