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    Large Double Decker Pontoon Boat With Water Slide!
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    Large Double Decker Pontoon Boat With Water Slide!

    Book Holiday Rambler Boat In San Diego!
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    Book Holiday Rambler Boat In San Diego!

    Double Decker, Free Water Toys, BYOB, Party Hardy
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    Double Decker, Free Water Toys, BYOB, Party Hardy

    60' Power Yacht For Private Charter
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    60' Power Yacht For Private Charter

    Exclusive San Diego Boat Excursions! Harbor or Coastal!
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    Exclusive San Diego Boat Excursions! Harbor or Coastal!

    Circumnavigate Santa Catalina Island on a Tayana 48 CC
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    Circumnavigate Santa Catalina Island on a Tayana 48 CC

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    Boating Guide - San Diego

    Things to know about renting a boat in San Diego.

    Oceanside, Mission Bay, and The Big Bay are the three harbors of San Diego. These also offer marina facilities, giving you the advantage of mooring your boat with ease. To explore San Diego waterways, rent a boat, take a private captained charter, or even go for scheduled excursions. With hundreds of boat listings available, GetMyBoat can offer you the best boat rental or charter for your travel needs. Renting a boat in San Diego is the best way to enjoy all that this city has to offer, seeing the stunning buildings from the perspective of the water. Not sure who to rent with in San Diego? Check out our post on our Top Harbor Cruises in San Diego.

    Are you hosting a private event in San Diego? Why not have your venue be on a boat? Chartering a boat for private events is a great way to bring your guests together and deliver an experience they'll never forget. 

    San Diego has many inland lakes and coastal beaches where you can rent small boats and kayaks. Paddle your way around on a kayak rental in San Diego to get an excellent workout while exploring the city. Stand-up paddleboards are also a unique way to get some exercise while on vacation in San Diego. 

    Anglers on a trip to San Diego won't be disappointed if they book a fishing charter. Experience an incredible day on a trawler boat, reeling in great catches. An experienced fishing captain will take you to all the best spots where they're biting. Check out our Guide to Fishing in Southern California for more information on fishing in San Diego and nearby cities.

    Pamper yourself by booking a dinner cruise in San Diego. Watch the sunset over the Pacific as you enjoy a meal and a glass of wine while the captain and crew sort out all the details.

    For adventurous travelers in San Diego - consider booking a water sports experience or scuba diving. Scuba charters and fun activities like jet skiing, flyboarding, and shark diving are the perfect way to get an adrenaline rush while visiting San Diego. 

    Ecotourism in San Diego is also a thriving industry. For an eco-tour, book a whale watching trip to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. 

     If you are in a mood to go beyond San Diego, make sure to explore the waters of the adjoining places such as Leucadia, Coronado, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Dana Point, and Newport Beach.

    Make your way up the coast and visit the surrounding waters of Coronado, Leucadia, Chula VistaOceansideDana Point, and Newport Beach. Lake Perris and Big Bear Lake are popular freshwater boating areas near San Diego in Moreno Valley.

    While on land in San Diego, be sure to check out the famous San Diego Zoo. It's one of the top things to experience while you're in the city.

    Marinas in San Diego

    Some of the top marinas in San Diego include Sunroad Resort Marina, Cabrillo Isle Marina, Glorietta Bay Marina & Yacht Club and Kona Kai Marina. The marinas are great places to go for boating advice, to watch yachts cruise in and out, and to explore while you're walking around in San Diego. There are lots of cool bars and restaurants nearby, and you can easily access the marinas from the city. 

    About San Diego

    With a pleasantly warm temperature, steady winds, and inviting waters, it is hard to escape the lure of the lively beachside town of San Diego. This beloved coastal city in Southern California is a favorite for many travelers making their way through the highlights of the state. Although many believe that the welcoming climate is the primary reason why people love this place, boating is easily a worthy contender. From a laidback recreational pursuit to more adventurous races, San Diego is a boating city. This pastime is further nurtured by the 70 miles of Pacific Ocean beaches that offer ample playground’ to practice the art of cruising.

    The best time of year to visit San Diego is during September and October when the temperatures are still pleasant but the peak tourist season has passed. Summer is the perfect time for warm weather, it never reaches unbearable heat in San Diego, but travel will be more expensive in June - August in the city. 

    To get to San Diego, catch a flight to its international airport, which is close to downtown. Renting a car is a good way to get around, but you can use the public transport system as well. You can also arrive by car on the major highways from other US Cities, or Amtrak train. 

    Using GetMyBoat to Rent Your Next Boat in San Diego

    Experiencing the water has never been easier thanks to GetMyBoat. GetMyBoat allows you to search quickly, compare prices, submit rental inquiries, and pay for your rental or charter from the convenience of your phone or computer. We offer a secure platform for renters to facilitate a seamless rental transaction. For boat owners, we connect millions of renters to their boat and provide the security and safe checks on each rental transaction.

    Search for the perfect experience now and book your dream day out on the water.

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    San Diego Boat Rental FAQs

    How much is it to rent a boat in San Diego?

    San Diego boat rental prices start at $75/hour for a small powerboat and can cost over $1000/hour for a private luxury yacht charter. There are many boats available at different price points to rent in San Diego.

    When is the best time to visit San Diego?

    The best time to visit San Diego is between March and May and September and November for fewer crowds and great deals. Summer is a good time to visit, but it can be busy and more expensive.

    What are the best things to do by boat in San Diego?

    There are many great boating experiences to have in San Diego. Some of the best include:

    • Sailing charters
    • Boat tours of Mission Bay and La Jolla
    • Wildlife tours to see dolphins, sea lions, and more
    • Hot tub cruising on hot tub boats
    • Fishing charters from San Diego
    • Pontoon boat rentals

    What is the water temperature in San Diego?

    The water around San Diego is cold, typically between 60-70℉, but it can be warmer in the summer months, 75℉ and higher.

    Can you take a boat from San Diego to Coronado Island?

    Yes, you can take a ferry or a private boat rental from San Diego to Coronado Island. Coronado Island is a great day trip by boat from San Diego.

    What is the best month to go whale watching in San Diego?

    The best month for whale watching in San Diego is December. Peak whale watching season runs from December through April. During these months, you’re most likely to see grey whales and humpback whales migrating with their calves.

    How much does it cost to go whale watching in San Diego?

    Whale watching tours in San Diego cost from $75/person on a group tour. Private boat tours for whale watching can cost between $100-$200/hour for an entire boat.

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    GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in San Diego.

    1. SR
      Luxury Party Cruise for up to 17 people! We're Rated #1 Party Cruises in San Diego!

      This was an incredible experience! Paul communicated very well, had a very well-maintained boat, and was extremely helpful. We were told all the spots to go to and everyone in our party enjoyed themselves immensely. If we come back to SD we’ll definitely book again!

    2. Varun
      12 Passenger Private Yacht Party Cruises with Captain in San Diego Bay

      Paul was great! He helped us my birthday party on the boat with 12 people and we had a blast. He listened to the type of event we wanted and took us where we wanted to go for sunset. Would definitely recommend again!

    3. Valeria
      12 Passenger Private Yacht Party Cruises with Captain in San Diego Bay

      Paul is an amazing captain, very friendly! We had a great time with him, he is a nice person and very funny! He made my whole party have fun! 100% recommend!

    4. TD
      Luxury Pontoon Party Cruise up to 12 people! Rated #1 Party Cruise in San Diego!

      Everything was awesome! The booking was smooth, we got to see a lot! From seals to dolphins to the Navy base and museum! It was a great experience overall! My family had tons of fun!

    5. JH
      Luxury Pontoon Party Cruise up to 12 people! Rated #1 Party Cruise in San Diego!

      So. Much. Fun!!! We rented the pontoon boat and had Captain Paul take us around downtown, Coronado bridge, the midway, and stopped off at restaurant/bars along the way for drinks. Paul listened to our requests and did exactly what we wanted in taking us to all these places. He was fun and easy to communicate with before and during the trip. I highly recommend renting from him. We definitely will again!

    6. RM
      12 Passenger Private Yacht Party Cruises with Captain in San Diego Bay

      We had such an amazing time. Booking and finding the boat was so easy. We felt safe and secure on the boat while our driver was extremely attentive. We also appreciated all the advice on other things to do in the area. We 100% recommend this to anyone.

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