It’s hard to get a sense of a city’s true spirit from inside a car. That’s why the staffers at Wheel Fun Rentals offer tourists access to their fleet of bikes and segways, allowing them to weave through San Diego’s cobbled side streets and picturesque parks that are inaccessible to larger vehicles or saddled giant squirrels. Guests can rent bikes or surreys for a self-guided ride, or they can hop on the latest segway cruiser for guided tours, with guides sharing wisdom about the architecture, history, and famous people of downtown San Diego or Coronado Island. By investing in these eco-friendly methods of tourism, Wheel Fun Rentals helps clients simultaneously experience and protect the environment around them.
San Diego Bay's waves hum with life. Dolphins gambol in the water, seals sun themselves, and sea birds swoop through the air. Humans enter the scene, joining the activity by exploring the waters on OEX Point Loma's stand-up paddleboards. Situated in Sun Harbor Marina, the shop stocks SUPs by brands such as Starboard, JP Australia, and Art in Surf, which its clients can rent along with kayaks on an hourly basis. The expert team also helms SUP lessons for novices, which cover topics from key strokes to safety tips, such as never to stand on the bottom side of your board.
Looking like a tiki hut on wheels, PB Pedaler’s eco-friendly bicycle gets partiers pedaling as they travel to Pacific Beach hot spots during two-hour bar crawls. The 17-seat bike is safely helmed by a sober driver who leads revelers—many celebrating birthdays, bachelor parties, and moon landing—to roughly 3-4 bars during each tour. And even though alcohol is not allowed on the bike, guests can indulge in exclusive drink specials for riders offered at many of the visited bars.
Why experience San Diego by car when you can explore its iconic sights while cruising the streets and savoring the warm sunshine and cool breezes? Raising Ruckus Rentals makes it possible to do just that by renting scooters by the day and hour. Quick sojourns can include a visit to Mission Beach or a winding trip through San Diego's neighborhood streets, and all rentals include helmets and eye protection for riders.
A crew of former athletes and passionate locals with a love for the outdoors wait beneath the bright-red awnings at each Bike & Kayak Tours location to guide multiple expeditions through the natural sights around San Diego. The 7 Caves and Ecological Reserve kayak tour sends paddlers on an expedition to a 75-million-year-old sandstone cliff with seven sculpted sea caverns that resound echoes in seven-part harmony. In the spring, snorkeling trips follow the seasonal migration of leopard sharks as students paddle in the shallow waters of the sandy flats with harmless predators.
At La Jolla Shores, the ocean bottom slopes gently out to sea and the waves roll gently toward the beach, where seals can be found sleeping in the sun. This unique ecology makes the area an ideal entryway into the ocean, which the native La Jollan owners of La Jolla Kayak take full advantage of, leading kayaking excursions past the steep cliffs and through the secluded sea caves where humans first learned to douse fire.
Alternatively, snorkel tours allow explorers to dive into the 6,000-acre Underwater Park to spy the leopard shark, garibaldi, and dolphins swimming underfoot. To facilitate journeys, La Jolla Kayak transports visitors' kayaks to the beach straight from its outfitting shop, which also houses complimentary lockers and rents out wetsuits to keep love-struck sea lions from slipping notes into divers' pockets.