Rowing in Imperial Beach

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Perhaps with the exception of a high-school prom, The Gondola Company can put almost any romantic event on the water. Its vessels ferry passengers across the canals of the Coronado Cays on several types of cruises, all of which spark a romantic ambiance with Italian music and BYOB amenities. The classic 50-minute Pasaporto jaunts depart for relaxing voyages day and night. As an optional add-on, a live mandolin or violin player can tag along to strum charming, traditional melodies.

The gondoliers do not exclusively transport small groups; they also pilot Venetian caorlinas, larger boats that can accommodate up to 14 people during family-style celebrations. For even grander gatherings, a fleet cruise dispatches as many as six separate gondolas, which can smoothly support entire wedding parties atop the water. Other specialized cruises treat passengers to more than scenic views and the melancholy mating croons of wild sturgeons. On a wine-tasting cruise, a sommelier lectures on a flight of six libations. Alternatively, a Voga massage cruise lays two beds inside the boat, permitting massage therapists to coax tension from couples' torsos and limbs as they skim along the canal surface.

4000 Coronado Bay Rd
Coronado,
CA
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The experienced staff at Seaforth Boat Rentals play host to watery adventures that were voted finalists for the KGTV San Diego A-List’s Best Water Activities in 2010 and 2011. Guided sailing adventures and WaveRunner tours shoot seafarers along the waterways for exceptional views of the coastline, splashing sea life, and dolphins circling on their own WaveRunners.

Consummate aquaphiles can haul various benefits⎯including reduced rates on the rentals of kayaks, canoes, and other seaworthy crafts, access to all five Seaforth locations, and free bicycle rentals in Mission Bay⎯with the Seaforth Sailing Club membership. Seaforth also offers sailing classes along with myriad sailing, yachting, and fishing charters for luxurious days on the water or early mornings spent serenading elusive sailfish.

1641 Quivira Rd
San Diego,
CA
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From two outposts on the shores of Mission Bay, Adventure Water Sports, LLC launches vessels and seafaring classes to introduce customers to the joy of cutting through veils of spray and sunshine. Both launching points are near the bay's full-speed zone, so captains hoping to tote skiers behind powerboats or do donuts on a scuba diver’s lawn in WaveRunners don't waste valuable time idling through the no-wake zone. Kayaks, pedal boats, and paddleboards cut across the steel-blue mirror of the no-wake zone, an ideal stretch for learning and exploring.

Instructors from Adventure Water Sports impart nautical wisdom to youngsters in summer youth classes that focus on anything from waterskiing and wakeboarding to riding aqua cycles. The waterfront retailers also rent out single and tandem terrestrial bicycles for those looking to cruise the Mission Beach boardwalk or simply explain the motorcycle noises they are making with their mouths.

1710 W Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego,
CA
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Mission Bay Aquatic Center, which was voted 2010 Best Water Activities in San Diego by CityVoter, expertly guides more than 15,000 waternauts yearly in the ways of wave roving. Harboring one of the world's largest instructional seaside facilities, MBAC immerses beginners in basic sailing lessons held in four three-hour installments. Let the marine mavens fill your brain with essential sailing theories and boat handling tips while you man a Sabot, a single-handed boat that leaves your other hand free for high-fiving dolphins.

1001 Santa Clara Pl
San Diego,
CA
US

In the cerulean blue waters around Mission Beach, jet-powered craft cut through the waves. Affordable Jet Ski's staff members set customers loose at the helm of a three-seat, 1,100cc Yamaha VX 110, a four-seat, 1,200cc Yamaha SUV, or a Sea Doo jet ski—which enables its pilot to ride standing for higher visibility or sitting to dodge low-flying UFOs. They also supply jet boats, whose 270-horsepower twin engines propel drivers and six passengers through the water. Staffers ensure that all their customers can reach the water by providing a tow vehicle with each rental, and can also lead tours of the area for those unfamiliar with its waters.

1636 Grand Ave
San Diego,
CA
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Whether by kayak or stand-up paddle-board, by wind-steered sailboats or motorized boats, Oceanside Boat Rentals gets its clients off the land and into the Pacific. The quaint harbor area features plenty of scenery to chew on and attractions to visit. Couples can steer a double kayak out into the lagoon and lunch while gazing at Camp Pendleton's beachfront, or opt for an electric boat and cruise further into the Pacific waters. Oceanside also offers SeaDoo rentals for speed and sport, six-passenger powerboat rentals, and pedal boat rentals for vacationing cyclists.

256 Harbor Dr S
Oceanside,
CA
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