Top 5 Things to do by Yacht in San Diego

Top 5 Things to do by Yacht in San Diego

San Diego is an ideal destination for sun seekers due to its beaches and warm climate. Spend the day soaking in the sun at Coronado Beach, and yacht to the picture-perfect La Jolla Cove. Or even take the water toys out to paddle around the largest man-made aquatic park in the USA, Mission Bay, or jet ski within the San Diego Bay.

San Diego is a city located in California, along the U.S.’s Pacific coast known as “America’s Finest City.” San Diego is famous for: its miles and miles of white-sand beaches and amazing weather, its immense Balboa Park home to the well-known San Diego Zoo, art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens, and its deep harbour that boasts a large active naval fleet and the USS Midway – a war aircraft-carrier turned into a public museum.

Please note that your YachtLife charter specialist will be able to assist in planning your bespoke itinerary in San Diego, so the below should be considered as inspiration for your San Diego yacht charter. Additionally, we have created a 7-day Southern California yachting itinerary you may enjoy.

1. Sail through San Diego Bay

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in San Diego - San Diego Bay

As you board your yacht, begin sailing down San Diego’s Embarcadero, past, on one side, the walkable harbour-front filled with shops, small parks and overall San Diego skyline view, and on the other Coronado Island and the Naval Air Station North Island. Sailing through San Diego Bay provides you with a different view of the city: you will see the San Diego-Coronado Bridge from the water whilst you spot wildlife like pelicans, herons and sea lions and cruise by important landmarks and ships immortalised by movies and popular culture.

2. Drop Anchor at Glorietta Bay

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in San Diego - Glorietta Bay

Just past the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, you’ll find what is probably the best-known rendezvous point for yachts in San Diego – the Glorietta Bay with a backdrop of the grand Hotel del Coronado. On any given weekend, you’ll find dozens of yachts anchored in the bay and tied up together. You can jump from the swim platform into the shallow water and party with friends, or relax on the flybridge in what is usually a high-energy atmosphere. It’s not uncommon to see people take their jet skis to visit nearby yachts or race along the coast. For dining, we recommend docking at the Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill for the best fresh local menu seafood in the area.

3. Step aboard The USS Midway

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in San Diego - The USS Midway

If you are interested in naval aviation, tender ashore to visit the USS Midway, the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the world that has now become the largest museum dedicated to aircraft carriers and naval aviation. The USS Midway was commissioned in 1945 and served in the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm and is now permanently moored at San Diego’s Embarcadero.

4. Admire Point Loma

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in San Diego - Point Loma

Before reaching Point Loma, you will sail past Broadway Pier where you will find several fantastic dining options. As you sail out of San Diego Bay, you will arrive at Point Loma, a long rugged historically important peninsula; this was the landing point for the first European expedition to what we now know as the West Coast of America.

5. Lounge in luxury at La Jolla

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in San Diego - La Jolla

Cruising north from San Diego Bay, along San Diego’s rugged coast on the Pacific Ocean, you will reach La Jolla, home to San Diego’s upscale oceanfront community. Here you will find luxury boutiques, waterfront restaurants, the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course, and some small beaches where seals and sea lions relax on the sand. Furthermore, whilst you sail along La Jolla, you will most definitely watch some great surfing in action.


Yachting in San Diego will prove to be an experience not to be missed and will make for lifelong memories for you and your guests. Enjoy this stunning part of the world as it was meant to be seen – by the water.

How to Charter a Yacht in San Diego?

Chartering a private yacht in San Diego should be simple and stress-free.

Whether we are working with you to create the perfect itinerary, or you would like water toys or provisions, at YachtLife, we do our absolute best to ensure your yacht charter in San Diego will be one to remember.

We spend so much time and focus on the smallest details so you can focus on what matters most – enjoying your San Diego charter vacation.

If you are looking to charter tomorrow or you are planning your next vacation, YachtLife is here to help you find the perfect yacht for any occasion.

Go onto our website or mobile apps (Android and iOS) and browse browse our hand-selected inventory of yachts to charter in San Diego. View photos, specs and pricing, and reserve without having to call a broker.

If you have any questions, or need help planning, our team of professional yacht brokers are more than happy to assist in finding the perfect yacht for your charter vacation.

You can contact our team here to charter a yacht in San Diego or anywhere in the world you desire.

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