The view of both San Diego’s skyline and waters while on a cruise from the scenic San Diego harbor is not to be missed. Whether it’s adventure and speed or leisure and luxury you’re after, here are your options for seeing San Diego from the water.
- Drink champagne at brunch or enjoy a three-course meal on board a luxury vessel under the stars.
- Enjoy sailing on the bay and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
- Go whale watching for an encounter with the giant marine mammals.
- Speed things up on a thrilling jet boat ride that spins past the waterfront and takes in major sights.
Cruises range from small six-person sailing trips to self-driven speed boats, with different options to suit your style. If you stick to the harbor, you can check out the USS Midway, Coronado Bridge, Star of India, the San Diego Maritime Museum, and more.
Whale Watching Cruises
Choose a kayaking trip in the La Jolla area (December through March) for a low-key approach to seeing gray whales, or board a historic schooner at any time of year for the chance to see gray whales, dolphins, and other marine life. Some whale-watching cruises guarantee sightings.
You can sail privately for the day on a gorgeous 36-foot, fully restored sailboat that’s perfect for privacy or special occasions. Or you can sip drinks and listen to music by day or in time for the sunset in a small-group sailing trip.
If food and drink on board is your idea of fun, look no further than the many champagne brunch cruises, food and wine cruises, and romantic harbor dinner cruises. For a fun take, choose a dining cruise that offers beer pairings.