Brent Bernasconi

Exploring San Diego Bay in a Speed Boat

Yesterday, San Diego Speed Boat Adventures invited a few ConVis folks to spend the afternoon jetting around and exploring San Diego bay in a speed boat. How can you say no to that?

After our guide Tommy gave us the safety speech and showed us the route, we boarded our speedboats (which can hold 2 comfortably and up to 3 if needed) and pushed off from Harbor Island. Once out in the open water, Tommy gave the signal and I threw the throttle forward to speed across the open waters.

Tommy led us throughout the bay all while telling us interesting tidbits as we sped by. We stop by a dock to check out the sunning and lazy sealions, explored the coasts of Coronado and Downtown, went under the front of the USS Midway (which looks even bigger when seen at water level), saw the Maritime Museum’s collection of ships and as a special bonus, went past the visiting Chilean tall-ship, the Esmeralda.

Of course one of the best parts was just being out on the water with the sun shining, the wind in my face and the occasional mist (hence not much footage of the boat at full speed, iPhones and water do not mix) from the boat settling on the water to cool me off. My hair was definitely wind-blown by the time we docked back on Harbor Island.

These speed boats are a great way to see San Diego’s waterfront from a whole different perspective. During the summer, San Diego Speed Boat Adventures offers tours starting at 9:00 am with the last one leaving at 5:00 pm. During the winter, the last tour leaves at 3:00 pm.

So what are you waiting for, book your speed boat adventure now at or call 619-294-5852.

Let me know in the comments your favorite way to get around on the water? Are you a sailboat, water ski, speed boat, kayak or other person?


High Speeds and Boatloads of Fun

speeding past a sailboat... eat our dust!

Last week, I had the time of my life on a San Diego Speedboat Adventures harbor tour. The new, two-hour tour allows YOU to jump in the Captain’s seat and drive a mini speedboat around San Diego Bay for a 13-mile guided tour.  

My friend and I decided to share driving duties, so we each had the opportunity to put the pedal to the metal and sit back and take in the sights. Following our tour guide’s lead boat, we zigged and zagged and bounced over waves, we sped past sailboats and harbor cruises and screamed and laughed the entire time.  My favorite part of the tour was making a U-turn underneath the Coronado Bridge. (Well, my turn was more of a “C” because I cut the corner a little sharp, but you get the gist.) 

Tour highlights include up-close views of sea lions, Naval ships, the USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego.  We also got one-of-a-kind views of Coronado, the Coronado Bridge and the downtown skyline.

This sightseeing tour is like nothing I’ve ever done before and it definitely a MUST DO!!! Tours are offered daily at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; prices are $100 for a single person boat, $59 per person for a two person boat and $39 for kids.  

Gerrard, our tour guide

the route around San Diego Bay

check out that skyline! ignore the windblown faces

Guest Blogger

Come Sail Away

So there’s this thing called sailing.”  Have you heard of it?  Why has no one told me of this sailing stuff before?  It is awesome.  I mean, I’ve been out on the water plenty of times – usually on a short harbor cruise, a ferry, or perhaps a whale watching trip or two – but it wasn’t until I got out on the San Diego Bay aboard a 32-foot sailboat that I truly discovered the beauty of being out on the water.  It is one of the most peaceful activities I can remember doing, and one of the most fun.

Captain Tim sets a course for adventure and romance!

Captain Tim sets a course for adventure and romance!

It’s an escape for your senses; or rather, a return to your senses.  You motor out into the bay, and as soon as the captain cuts the engine, the city just recedes into the distance and becomes another feature on the horizon, leaving only you, the wind, the water and the sky.  Serenity.  If that sounds hokey to you, then I won’t bother to go into how time doesn’t even seem to pass when you’re sailing.  And I’ll definitely refrain from singing the 1980 Christopher Cross song for you (even though he did hit it right on the head with that one).

Having quickly developed a taste for sailing after my first hour on the bay, I chartered a private sailing excursion with Sail San Diego for my wedding anniversary.  $85 a head will get you on board one of their boats for a sunset sail that includes beer, wine and light snacks.  The captains are fun and quite knowledgable about the San Diego Bay.  They’ll usually let you get your hands on the wheel, too.

Plenty of charter companies sail on and beyond our beautiful bay, most originating on Shelter Island and Harbor Island.  And it’s almost never a bad time to sail.  You can pretty much sail year round in San Diego.  (The weather, you know.  I’m told it’s pretty good around here.)  You know, all of this reminds me of a song.

Well it’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles – just you wait and see
Belieeeeeeve me

Whoops, I said I wouldn’t sing, didn’t I?  I lied.

Go sail.