Enjoy The Beach and Bay With These San Diego Boat Tours

It’s no secret that “America’s Finest City” has some spectacular waterfront. Our proximity to the Pacific means we’ve come up with nearly endless ways to enjoy the water. So if you’re looking to indulge in one of the most popular ones, many local boating companies offer amazing San Diego boat tours. Here are our picks for some of the best.

Cruise San Diego (0.3 miles)

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Cruise San Diego offers a variety of chartered events on the yacht Ohana — a vessel built for the famous Wrigley family in 1960. In addition to making themselves available for leisurely treks and sightseeing tours, Cruise San Diego also books private dinner cruises above the craft. Best of all, they depart from a dock that’s less than a five-minute walk from our front door! Take a look at their schedule here, and book your adventure.  

1617 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109 


Next Level Sailing (4.5 miles)

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Speaking of whale watching, San Diego is one of the best spots along the West Coast to spot pods of gray whales as they make their annual 10,000-mile migration to cooler northern waters. December is the beginning of the season, but the migratory patterns of these majestic ocean behemoths can last for months. Spotting whales from shore is not uncommon, but our friends at Next Level Sailing offer trips that get you up close.

2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106


Sail JADA (5.2 miles)

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The JADA is a famed wooden racing yacht that was built in 1938 to be the fastest boat of its day. And it rose to that goal, winning several speed trials during its active years of competition. Rumor has it that the ship’s race days came to a close after it was purchased by actor Marlon Brando sometime in the early 1970s. Today, the JADA is one of San Diego’s preëminent sailing charters, offering elegant cruises to the adventuresome.

1380 Harbor Island Drive San Diego, CA 92101


Hornblower City Cruises (6 miles)

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Hornblower’s leisurely yacht cruises offer passengers a variety of excursions, from holiday events, meal cruises, sunset sails, cocktail socials and even a champagne brunch cruise featuring live jazz music. Once you’re on board, there are always a variety of awe-inspiring sights from the deck, as well as refreshments, entertainment, and plenty of warm sea breezes. Cruises depart nightly, although if you’re in the mood for a daytime trek, they’re also available by reservation.    

1800 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 


Flagship Cruises & Events (6.9 miles)

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Flagship Cruises is a San Diego institution, having first offered local ferry service from local ports in 1885. In the century-plus since, the company has chartered countless pleasure cruises, sightseeing tours, nightly dinner cruises and more. No matter which you opt for, Flagship’s experienced crews make sure it’s a memorable experience. Passengers enjoy scenic views, craft cocktails, and elegant ambience every trip out.  

990 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 


The Gondola Company (17 miles)

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The Gondola Company offers a classically continental experience; one akin to floating through the canals of Venice. Each intimate excursion can accommodate up to six passengers as your gondolier leisurely navigates the waterways of the Coronado Cays. Guests are welcome to bring light bites to accompany the wine and truffles that will be served. So sit back, relax, and take in one of these romantic aquatic adventures.    

503 Grand Caribe Causeway, Suite C Coronado, California 92118


Adventure Water Sports


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Want to chart your own course? Our good friends at Adventure Water Sports offer watercraft rentals so you can set off on your own self-guided adventure. Their fleet features easy-to-operate craft like twin-engine waterskiing boats, waverunners, pontoon boats perfect for leisurely cruising, and other multi-passenger craft ideal for fun and exploration. Best of all, they have a location right here at the Dana!  


Plan Your Stay at The Dana on Mission Bay

Ready to get out and start enjoying the Pacific? There’s no better place than right here at The Dana. Especially during amazing boating events like the San Diego Bayfair hydroplane races — taking place right here on Mission Bay from September 16-18! Take a look at our special offers to select the San Diego travel deal that’s right for you, and we’ll have your room ready when you arrive.