Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: RSVP and text us first.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Happy hours and camping
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Classic Yacht Sailing transports passengers back in time aboard the S/V Vanessa—a restored sailing yacht reminiscent of luxury boats built between 1890 and 1939. As the boat glides silently across the water, passengers can enjoy sights of the San Diego Bay or take pictures of whales. Classic Yacht Sailing's US Coast Guard–certified captains welcome up to six guests aboard the vessel during public cruises and private charters.
With San Diego being one of the world’s sailing capitals, any visitor or local alike should get out onto the water and enjoy the city’s aquatic playground. Next Level Sailing has three gorgeous yachts – Abracadabra, America and Stars & Stripes – that each offer two to three hour excursions around the bay and open ocean. During these hands-on sails, passengers act as part of the team and get to steer the yachts, grind the winches and learn about the entire boating process. The 139-foot America ship takes groups whale watching off the coast from December to April, as pods of gray whales travel from Alaska to Baja. A few months later, 100-foot blue whales appear off the coast, making one of Next Level Sailing’s former America’s Cup vessels the perfect place to catch an up-close glimpse. And regardless of the season, dolphins and sea lions are always ready to make a playful appearance.
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.
Shared Dreams' boat docks at Sunroad Resort Marina's pier, which is just a short jaunt away from nearly all of San Diego's seaside sights and attractions. Because of that, it's not difficult for the boat's licensed captain to customize trips. Depending on what customers want to see—whether it's whales, seals, battleships, the Coronado Bridge, or Olly, the city's beloved thicket of seaweed—he'll steer the boat in the appropriate direction. The cruises depart Friday–Sunday from sunrise to sunset.
With a fleet of more than 50 sailboats and two locations, Harbor Island Yacht Club helps its members get out on the water. Their 22- to 42-foot sailboats are available for members who want to take lessons or explore the water on their own. Its US Sailing-certified school is manned by instructors who teach learn-to-sail lessons, helping beginners get their certification to sail keelboats up to 25 feet in length. More advanced sailors can enjoy bareboat charters on a wide variety of boats, in the hopes of meeting a real live mermaid.