5 To Try This Weekend: Extreme Water Sports Edition

With the weather hovering around a perfect 73 degrees this weekend, what better way to enjoy it than by spending the day in the great outdoors – and even better – on the water. In San Diego, you can run, ride, and skateboard near the water’s edge, and in the water is just as fun! Here our picks for some fun in the sun and on the water.

Mission Bay Park: There is so much to do in and around Mission Bay Park, and one of the most thrilling activities is renting a jet ski. It can get pretty crowded on nice weekends, but thankfully, there is a special area of the park that is free from boats.

San Diego Bay: Imagine taking in the sights of downtown San Diego with the wind in your hair aboard a beautiful sailboat. It doesn’t get any more San Diego than that. You can either rent it yourself (if you have the experience) or have someone captain the boat for you.

La Jolla: In La Jolla one of my favorite activities is taking the kids snorkeling. At the cove, you don’t have to swim far to find the fish. Both the kids love going and it is a great place for beginners. For those that are more advanced, you can rent scuba equipment and go even further out.

Encinitas: You can surf just about anywhere in San Diego, but I love Encinitas. I’m not going to lie, I am by no means a surfer – but I do like watching others surf! I like Encinitas because of the laid back culture and atmosphere. And if you are lucky, you might just find a pro surfer catching a wave next to you. But be forewarned – people take surfing seriously in San Diego, therefore choose where you surf based on your ability.

Coronado: Stand up paddle boarding has really gained in popularity in San Diego. I’ve only tried it once in Coronado, and had a blast. It really gives you a great workout too. At first it is a little intimidating because the board is so big, but once you get up and get the hang of it, it’s a great way to spend time on the water.

Tell us, what water sport is your favorite in San Diego?

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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