Paddleboarding, or stand-up paddling (SUP) is quite popular in Southern California; it appeals to a lot of folks in the watersports community for its appeal of surfing and kayaking. People also love it because it allows a wider range of athletic types to get involved and enjoy being out on the gorgeous waters of San Diego and North County. Check out these five fantastic options around San Diego and North County for paddle boarding.
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Carlsbad Lagoon is located along Harrison Street off the I-5 freeway. There is a private beach where you can gear up for your paddle boarding adventure or just hang out. You can also take advantage of other water sports like jet skiing or water skiing. There is something for everyone! Carlsbad Lagoon is open year round and can also accommodate large groups. Paddle boards can be rented for $30 for one hour or $50 for two hours here.
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove is often considered San Diego’s most desirable spot for all types of water sports, including paddle boarding. Here you’ll find breathtaking views with plenty of caves as well. Calm waters provide an ecological sanctuary for yellowtails and even leopard sharks. Expect to see plenty of marine life while out on the water here. Water visibility at the cave has been known to exceed 30 feet. There are several companies nearby to rent paddle boarding equipment during your visit.
Coronado Island (Tidelands Park)
Paddle board at the largest San Diego Bay Park when you visit Tidelands Park. Take advantage of the beach area as well as picnic areas and other open space that is ideal for picnics. From this area you can catch some awesome views of the Coronado Bridge. There is no reef or rocks which makes it an ideal spot for paddle boarding. There are a variety of places here as well where you can rent paddle boards and even take lessons that teach yoga poses on the board.
Oceanside is San Diego County’s north most harbor and is home to two sections. The southern section is where you want to head for watersport rentals, like paddle boarding. The north section has a marina with slips for recreational boaters. If you’re a seasoned paddle boarder, bring your equipment from home. If not, you can rent everything you need at one of several shops. Oceanside Harbor is also known as a hot spot for whale watching.
Located just ten minutes from the downtown area, Mission Bay is one of the largest man-made salt water bays. This is a favorite spot for paddle boarding because of the flat waters. If this is your first time paddle boarding, don’t worry! There are so many different places to check out to rent all the equipment you need as well as instructors who can show you the ropes…or in this case, the boards! While you’re on your board, don’t forget to look around at all the beautiful homes that surround the Bay. They provide a picturesque backdrop for your day out.
Whether you’re looking to burn a few hundred calories, or just want to take in the scenery, these five spots make for a perfect paddle boarding day!