his is great paddle boarding spot with easy parking on large lot near the boat ramp. The parking lot is just north of Clairemont Dr on the west side of North Mission Bay Drive, so if you are coming from the north or south, it is very easy access from Interstate 5. Starting out it is an easy launch from a shallow water sandy beach, Let K-Dub carry the paddle boards to the beach, this spot is good for both half day and full day stand up paddle board rentals. The two routes are indicated on the map above are described below.
Easy Mission Bay Paddle Board Route
1.5 Miles & 1-3 Hours
The first route, indicated by the green line is a very easy paddle through calm water, it is a no-wake zone the entire distance. Paddle south from the paddle board launching spot near De Anza Cove through the “north pacific passage” and past the “leisure lagoon” (swimming only, don’t enter with paddle boards) indicated on the mission bay map. You will pass the Hilton on the east side of the bay, take a break from paddling and grab a bite to eat or stop to quench your thirst. Fiesta Island will be towards your left as you paddle board to the south past the youth camp, eventually turning towards the west into the “enchanted cove”.
Be careful not to go too far south into the restricted area, but don’t worry, the boundary is well marked and easy to spot from your SUP. Head back to the launch area near De Anza Cove via the same route.
The route is approximately 1.5 miles, roundtrip and will take 1-3 hours, depending on the wind and the speed you paddle. There are lots of sandy beaches to stop and take a break.
Adventurous Mission Bay Paddle Board Route
3.5 Miles & 3-6 Hours
The second route, indicated by the yellow line is a slightly more difficult paddle, better for someone with a little paddle boarding experience or beginners that are not scared to fall in the water a few times. Much of the route is outside the no-wake zone and thus through slightly rougher water. From the launch spot near De Anza Cove, paddle west around the northern end of Fiesta Island and then head south-west near the shoreline to avoid the fast boats and larger wakes.
Continue paddling your SUP south, staying close to the western shore of Fiesta Island, as you approach the south end of Fiesta Island you will notice lots of happy dogs enjoying one of the nation’s largest off-leash dog parks. You might even spot K-Dub with his favorite puppy, Mona, playing ball or just having fun with the other dogs.
As you paddle around the southern end of Fiesta Island you will see SeaWorld directly in front of you. You can take in a SeaWorld show from your paddle board for free! This is the end of the yellow line on the map and is a pretty good paddle already, but you can paddle even further by heading towards the east into the south pacific passage, just be sure to save enough energy to paddle board back (or call K-Dub for a pick-up if you get tired). Head back to the launch area near De Anza Cove via the same route.
The route is approximately 3.5 miles round trip, and 3-6 hours, depending on the wind and speed you paddle. There are plenty of places to stop and take a break, but no services directly on this route.
Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. We hope you consider K-Dub’s Beach Rentals for your paddle board and beach gear rental needs. Your time at the beach is often limited. Let us lug the boards, you can save your time and energy for the beach fun.