San Diego: Paddle boarding for the first time

San Diego: Paddle boarding for the first time

As you will know if you’ve read our other posts about the city, we love San Diego, in particular Mission Beach, but the whole city made a massive impact on us the first time we visited just under a year ago.

There is so much to do, but one thing I tried for the very first time last time we were in San Diego was paddle boarding on the ocean (actually a very quiet ocean bay – I didn’t have to battle the waves!)

I have always wanted to try it and with so many watersports on offer in Mission Beach, I took the chance to try it out.

A quick lesson from the hire hut guy, and some rather worryingly laid back advice about ‘shuffling your feet so the stingrays move out of the way’ and I was on the water.

Rob kayaked and I paddle boarded for an hour or so, hiring the equipment from the Bahia Hotel ($25 each for an hour).

I am proud to say I didn’t fall in once. I did however have to push myself off from the wooden boat decking walkway more than once as it took my a while to get the hang of steering!

It was a great way to build up an appetite for a fish taco lunch whilst catching some sun and gliding over the clear water. I hoped to see a seal – no such luck. I did see hundreds of jellyfish though. Luckily they were harmless, but I didn’t realise this until I was safely back on the beach.

Whether it’s surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing – give watersports a try in Mission Beach.

Here’s the proof!

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  1. May 24, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Great pictures. I lived in San Diego years ago, and I am thinking that perhaps I need to go back. Maybe in the future.

    • May 24, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks Marcela. We have been there twice now but absolutely love it! We will definitely go back soon, feel very at home there 🙂

      • May 24, 2016 / 9:23 pm

        I am so glad you enjoyed San Diego. I lived there for 2 amazing years.