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San Diego Kayaking

San Diego Kayaking Overview

San Diego

San Diego kayak rentals, canoe rentals and (SUP) stand-up paddleboard rentals are available at harbors, beaches and lakes in the region. Many rental shops also offer tours and lessons. From the open ocean to calm harbors and secluded lakes we've found the perfect places to kayak in San Diego. These water sports are easy, fun and require little experience, making them the perfect summertime activity. Join a tour to sea caves in La Jolla or snorkel with harmless leopard sharks. Rent a paddleboard and explore the seaside playground of Mission Bay.

See our Whitewater Rafting pages for information on whitewater kayaking.

Beaches & Harbors

Oceanside Boat Rentals is located off Interstate 5 in Oceanside Harbor. Oceanside Boat Rentals boat rentals for Duffy electric boat, sailboat, Jet Ski, power boat, fishing boat, paddle boat, ocean kayak (sit-on-top) and stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Rentals include single and double kayak. Paddle the calm, protected waters of Oceanside Harbor or head out to Catalina Island or local kelp beds for deep-sea fishing.

Oceanside Boat Rentals
256 Harbor Drive South
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 722-0028

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Carlsbad Lagoon is located off Interstate 5 from Tamarack Avenue. Carlsbad Lagoon is a calm, protected saltwater lagoon where they offer swimming, boating and water-skiing. Boat rentals include power boat, Jet Ski, water bikes, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), ocean kayak (sit-on-top) and canoe. Rentals include single and double kayak.

Carlsbad Lagoon
4215 Harrison Street
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 434-3089

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Paddle Planet is located off Interstate 5 from Leucadia Boulevard. Paddle Planet offers ocean kayak (sit-on-top kayak, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), surfboard and bodyboard rentals. Rentals include single and double kayak. Head for open ocean to kelp beds teaming with sea life or the calm, protected waters of Mission Bay. They'll deliver to any nearby beach. Lessons available.

Paddle Planet
996 N Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 602-9767

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La Jolla

La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks is located off Interstate 5 from La Jolla Parkway. Situated in La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks offers ocean kayak rentals (sit-on-top) and tours to the secluded La Jolla Sea Caves. Paddle through kelp beds and past La Jolla Cove to several sea caves that are only accessible by kayaking. Rentals include single and double kayak. Also offered are snorkeling tours where you'll explore the rich sea life of La Jolla's kelp beds. Expect to see bright orange Garibaldi fish, harmless Leopard Sharks, Sea Lions and much more. All necessary equipment is provided.

La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks
2164 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-0111

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Hike Bike Kayak is located off Interstate 5 from La Jolla Parkway. Situated in La Jolla Shores, they offer rentals and tours for ocean kayak (sit-on-top), stand-up paddleboard (SUP), surfing, snorkeling and biking. Rentals include single and double kayak. Head for the secluded La Jolla Sea Caves. Paddle through kelp beds and past La Jolla Cove to several sea caves that are only accessible by kayaking. Also offered are snorkeling tours where you'll explore the rich sea life of La Jolla's kelp beds. Expect to see bright orange Garibaldi fish, harmless Leopard Sharks, Sea Lions and much more. All necessary equipment is provided.

Hike Bike Kayak
2222 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-9510

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Bike & Kayak Tours is located off Interstate 5 from La Jolla Parkway. Situated in La Jolla Shores, Bike & Kayak Tours offers rentals and tours for ocean kayak (sit-on-top), stand-up paddleboard (SUP), snorkeling and biking. Head for the secluded sea caves of La Jolla. Paddle through kelp beds and past La Jolla Cove to several sea caves that are only accessible by kayaking. Also offered are snorkeling tours where you'll explore the rich sea life of La Jolla's kelp beds. Expect to see bright orange Garibaldi fish, harmless Leopard Sharks, Sea Lions and much more. All necessary equipment is provided.

Bike & Kayak Tours
2158 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-1010

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Mission Bay

Aqua Adventures Kayak Center is located off Interstate 5 or 8 near SeaWorld in Mission Bay. Aqua Adventures offers rentals, tours and lessons for ocean kayak (sit-on-top) and stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Single and double kayaks are available. They have one of the best selections in San Diego including sit-on-top, ocean, recreational, sea, surf and whitewater kayaks. They're also one of the most convenient with their own parking lot at water's edge. Paddle the calm, protected waters of Mission Bay or head out into open water for a coastal tour.

Aqua Adventures
1548 Quivira Way
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(619) 523-9577

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Mission Bay Sports Center is located off Interstate 5 or 8 near SeaWorld in Mission Bay. Mission Bay Sports Center offers boat rentals for power boat, Jet Ski, sailboat, paddle boat, water bike, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and ocean kayak (sit-on-top). Rentals include single and double kayak. Paddle the calm, protected waters of Mission Bay. Find them at two locations on Mission Bay. They also rent boogie boards and surfboards for playing in the waves at Mission Beach.

Mission Bay Sports Center
1010 Santa Clara Place
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(858) 488-1004
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Mission Bay Sports Center
1441 Quivira Road
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(619) 221-9264
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Mission Bay Aquatic Center is located off Interstate 5 or 8 near SeaWorld in Mission Bay. Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers rentals and lessons for sailing, kayaking, rowing, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Paddle the calm, protected waters of Mission Bay. They also offer instructional classes for wakeboarding and surfing.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center
1001 Santa Clara Place
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(858) 488-1000

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Cheap Rentals is located off Interstate 5 or 8 near SeaWorld in Mission Bay. Situated on the peninsula between Mission Beach and Mission Bay, Cheap Rentals rents bikes, roller blades, surfboards, kayaks, beach chairs, wetsuits and much, much more. Carry your ocean kayak (sit-on-top) to the calm waters of Mission Bay or the open ocean to catch some waves.

Cheap Rentals
3689 Mission Blvd
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(858) 488-9070

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Action Sport Rentals is located at several resorts surrounding Mission Bay and in San Diego Harbor on Coronado Island and Shelter Island. Action Sport Rentals has an array of rental options including ocean kayak (sit-on-top), stand-up paddleboard (SUP), Jet Ski, sailboat, pontoon boat, Duffy electric boat, bikes, Segways and more. Rentals include single and double kayak.

Mission Bay
Hilton Mission Bay Resort
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(619) 275-8945
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Mission Bay
Paradise Point Resort
1404 Vacation Road
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(858) 581-5939
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Mission Bay
Dana Landing
2580 Ingraham Street
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(619) 226-2955
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Seaforth Boat Rentals is located at several resorts in Mission Bay, San Diego Harbor and Coronado Island. Seaforth has an array of rental options including ocean kayak (sit-on-top), stand-up paddleboard (SUP), Jet Ski, sailboats, pontoon boats, Duffy electric boats, fishing boats and even a BBQ Donut boat. Rentals include single and double kayak. Also available are tours and charters for sightseeing, boating, sailing and fishing and instruction for wakeboarding, water-skiing, kneeboarding and boating certification.

Mission Bay
1641 Quivira Road
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(888) 834-2628

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San Diego Harbor

Seaforth Boat Rentals is located at several resorts in Mission Bay, San Diego Harbor and Coronado Island. Seaforth has an array of rental options including ocean kayak (sit-on-top), stand-up paddleboard (SUP), Jet Ski, sailboat, pontoon boats, Duffy electric boats, fishing boats and even a BBQ Donut boat. Rentals include single and double kayak. Also available are tours and charters for sightseeing, boating, sailing and fishing and instruction for wakeboarding, water-skiing, kneeboarding and boating certification.

Harbor Island
955 Harbor Island Drive
Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92101
(888) 834-2628
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Downtown San Diego
333 West Harbor Drive
Marriott Hotel and Marina Gate 1
San Diego, CA 92101
(888) 834-2628
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Action Sport Rentals is located at several resorts surrounding Mission Bay and in San Diego Harbor on Coronado Island and Shelter Island. Action Sport Rentals has an array of boat rental options including ocean kayak (sit-on-top), stand-up paddleboard (SUP), Jet Ski, sailboat, pontoon boats, Duffy electric boats, bikes, Segways and more. Rentals include single and double kayak.

Shelter Island
Kona Kai
1551 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 701-7966

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Chula Vista Kayak is located south of Downtown San Diego off Interstate 5 at J Street. They offer ocean kayak rentals (sit-on-top) and tours of South San Diego Harbor. The southern portion of the harbor includes the Sweetwater Marsh Refuge where you'll explore a shallow saltwater marsh with mudflats, ponds and channels. Expect to see Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Kites, Harriers, Pacific Green Sea Turtles and more.

Chula Vista Kayak
Chula Vista Bayfront Park
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 422-3600

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Coronado Island

Action Sport Rentals is located at several resorts surrounding Mission Bay and in San Diego Harbor on Coronado Island and Shelter Island. Action Sport Rentals has an array of boat rental options including sea kayak (sit-on-top), stand-up paddleboard (SUP), Jet Ski, sailboat, pontoon boats, Duffy electric boats, bikes, Segways and more. Rentals include single and double kayak.

Coronado Island
Loews Coronado Bay
4000 Coronado Bay Road
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 424-4466

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Seaforth Boat Rentals is located at several resorts in Mission Bay, San Diego Harbor and Coronado Island. Seaforth has an array of boat rental options including sea kayak (sit-on-top), stand-up paddleboard (SUP), Jet Ski, sailboat, pontoon boats, Duffy electric boats, fishing boats and even a BBQ Donut boat. Rentals include single and double kayak. Also available are tours and charters for sightseeing, boating, sailing and fishing and instruction for wakeboarding, water-skiing, kneeboarding and boating certification.

Glorietta Bay Marina
1715 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
(888) 834-2628
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Coronado Marriott
2000 2nd Street
Coronado, CA 92118
(888) 834-2628
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Lakes

Lake Hodges is located off Interstate 15 in south Escondido. Lake Hodges is nearly 6-miles long and a ½-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating and picnicking. Lake Hodges offers boat rentals for row boat, fishing boat and kayak. Rentals include single and double kayak. Fish species include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, bullhead and carp.

Lake Hodges
Lake Drive
Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 432-2023
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Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca is located off Highway 79 south of Julian. Lake Cuyamaca is a small lake at less than 1-mile long. Activities include fishing, boating, hiking and camping. Lake Cuyamaca offers amenities like cabins, a restaurant, general store and boat launch. Boat rentals include row boat, fishing boat, pontoon boats, paddle boat and kayak. Lake Cuyamaca supports trout, bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon. Being at an elevation of 4600 feet, Cuyamaca is the only San Diego lake that supports trout fishing year round.

Lake Cuyamaca
15027 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036
(877) 581-9904
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Lower Otay Reservoir is located off Olympic Parkway east of Chula Vista. Lower Otay is the larger of the two lakes at more than 5-miles long and over a ½-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating and picnicking. Amenities include a bait shop and boat launch ramp. Lower Otay Reservoir offers boat rentals for row boat, fishing boat and kayak. Rentals include single and double kayak. Fish species include largemouth bass, bluegill, black and white crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, white catfish and bullhead.

Lower Otay Reservoir
Wueste Road
Eastlake, CA 91915
(619) 397-5212
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