Boats are a part of everyday life in and around San Diego, but these three thrilling speedboat tours are sure to move trips around the bay up a gear or two.
San Diego’s sweeping natural harbor is one of the largest in California, which is why the city is one of the oldest colonial Pacific Coast settlements. At 12 miles (19km) long and up to three miles (5km) wide, there is plenty to see on a boat tour of the bay. The best way to take in the US navy’s flagships, including the USS Midway, and to cross the bay in the most exciting way imaginable, is by taking a speedboat with some serious horsepower. Here are three of the best options.
Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride
If you can handle a hefty dose of American jingoism, then hop about the Patriot, an open-air jet boat that offers more than just a way to see San Diego from the water. Combining thrills with a little sightseeing, you’ll get to glide past the military ships, beneath the Coronado Bridge and beyond. The 30-minute trip is enlivened by rock music, which makes even more sense when your captain sends the jet boat into a controlled 360-degree turn. You may get wet, but ponchos are provided. From $32 per person.
San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat
Exploring the bay at a gentler pace might sound like more your thing and it’s possible to rent and drive your own speedboat in San Diego on this guided tour. The boats are moored at the Cabrillo Isle Marine on the north side of the bay, which offers perfect access to many of the US navy sights, including the USS Midway, as well as being within easy reach of the waterfront near San Diego downtown. Your guide will lead the way in their own speedboat on this fun, two-hour excursion. From $80 per person.
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Combo Tour
For those looking to combine a speedboat tour with some of the other great San Diego Bay attractions, this excellent package includes and bicycle rental and tickets to the USS Midway. First, you’ll take a speedboat tour, where you can take the helm of your own boat, following your guide through the lively harbor. Next, get on a bike to explore the shore from dry land. Finally, take a guided tour of the USS Midway, an old aircraft carrier-turned-museum. Please note that this tour option is only available on Weds, Fri and Sat. From $178 per person.