List of San Diego Launch Ramps

Pepper Park Launch Ramp San Diego Bay

Are you thinking about coming down to visit San Diego with your boat or sailboat? Did you happen to know that there are ten San Diego coastal boat launch ramps?

Here is a complete list of all available San Diego boat launch ramps. I will be concentrating on the entire county of San Diego but limited to only on the coast.

 Also, I will be including smaller launch ramps where you may enter smaller boats, kayaks, and paddleboards.

San Diego Boat Launch Ramps

South Shores Launch Ramp Mission Bay
South Shores Launch Ramp- Mission Bay

Did you happen to realize that San Diego County has three separate harbors to launch out of- Oceanside, Mission Bay, and San Diego Bay? Altogether, there are ten different boat launch ramps.

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San Diego Bay Cruises-Get on the Water!

Hornblower 2 San Diego Bay Cruises

So are you visiting San Diego and want to experience the water? I know of a great way of doing just that, but without getting seasick. May I suggest to you, a San Diego Bay cruise?

I believe that there is no better way to enjoy the saltwater environment than being on it. After doing a little research, I found some interesting cruises. Take a look for yourself, at the wide variety of San Diego Bay cruises that are available.

It should be noted before I begin, that I will only be listing San Diego Bay cruises, not whale watching or fishing tours as I have written about both extensively. If you would like more information regarding whales or fish, please refer to the two previous posts that I have linked.

Let’s now see all of the San Diego Bay cruises and which one is best for you, shall we?

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San Diego Bay-A Photo Tour

San Diego Bay Naval Ship Leaving

Today I would like to take you on a mini photo tour of San Diego Bay! Will you join me?

First off, fun fact.

Did you know that the San Diego Bay was mentioned in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848?

 After the U.S-Mexican War, the Treaty (which is still in effect) specifically pointed out that the entirety of the San Diego Bay would belong to the United States.

San Diego Bay Google Map Satellite

Discovering San Diego Bay Via Photos

Sailing San Diego Bay
Sailing San Diego Bay

The San Diego Bay is a natural deepwater harbor which is found minutes away from the border of Mexico and the United States and is the third largest bay in California after San Fransico Bay and Humboldt Bay.

The  San Diego Bay is over 12 miles long and 1-3 miles wide and is separated into two sections:

  1. North Bay-North Island, Shelter Island, Spanish Landing, Harbor Island, Coronado, Embarcadero
  2. South Bay -National City, Chula Vista, Siver Strand, Imperial Beach

So today we will be starting our tour up north at the mouth of the bay. We will then continue to make our way on the east shore of the Bay going south and finally making our way back up north on the western shore of San Diego Bay.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Best San Diego Birding Hotspots

Loma Alta Creek San Diego Birding

Here I  present to you a comprehensive list of the best San Diego birding hotspots. I will be including all of San Diego County starting first to the north and making my way south. Each site will consist of a link to an address; as well as, habitat type, amenities,  tour information (if available,) and finally any notable birds of interest.

Did you know that there are many free San Diego birding tours offered all over San Diego County? I will also be including any insider information that I turn up in my research; such as prime locations within each site.

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Touring The Living Coast Discovery Center

Sweetwater Marsh National Refuge San Diego Bay

At the beginning of Summer, I took my two daughters to go and check out the Living Coast Discovery Center, located in the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I had not been there for over 30 years, so needless to say I was super excited to go back!

Where is the Living Coast Discovery Center?

First off, The Living Coast Discovery Center is in South Bay, San Diego-Chula Vista which is 12.4 miles from Downtown San Diego.

San Diego South Bay consists of everything south of Downtown San Diego all the way to the Mexican Border; which includes National City, Chula Vista, Coronado, and Imperial Beach.

San-Diego-Bay-Map-Living-Coast-Discovery-Center

1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910

(619) 409-5900

http://www.thelivingcoast.org

Hours  10am-5 pm daily

Adults (13+)            $16
Children (3-12)        $11
Children (0-2)          Free

#please click on any photo to see a larger version

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San Diego Whale Watching Tours

Oceanside Harbor Oceanside Adventures Vessel

San Diego is by far one of the best places in the country to go on a whale watching tour. In this article, I would like to present to you a comprehensive list of all possible San Diego whale watching tours available in San Diego County.

Gray Whales and Dolphins

There are several species of whale to encounter here especially during the Gray whales’ migration season (Nov-April). The Blue whale (May-Nov) is another species that is commonly seen passing by the coastline of San Diego.

Along with whales, there are also four possible species of dolphins frequently seen on a San Diego whale watching tour that includes the Pacific Bottlenose dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, Common dolphin, and the Pacific white-sided dolphin.

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Experience San Diego Whale Watching

California gray whale san diego whale watching

It is that time of year again! California’s official state marine mammal, the California Gray whale, is starting its way down South!  Generally speaking, this is the best time for San Diego whale watching.

San Diego Whale Watching

Whales pass through San Diego year round but prefer to stay more than five miles offshore.  Gray whales, on the other hand,  tend to keep close to the shore when traveling South; as a result, this is a great time to see them from onshore.

Let us now take a look at a few fascinating facts about the Gray whale; also, I have also included a summary of some other possible whales you are most likely to encounter while on a San Diego whale watching tour

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