Things to do in San Diego
When planning a trip San Diego there are many outdoor activities that you plan to do while in this sunny Southern California city.
You could paddle board, bike, hike, surf, run, sail or leisurely enjoy Balboa Park. There is not a shortage of things to do in San Diego. On the contrary, it’s hard to narrow down the list of things to do.
On the top of Peter’s must-do list was sailing in San Diego. Before leaving for San Diego, I researched online which were the best sailing experiences we could do. Of course, I searched on Groupon because they offer activities at a super discount.
I found Pacifica Sailing Charters that offered a two-hour sailing lesson for two people only for $99. Pretty awesome deal. I then read the reviews and checked their star rating, and they checked out pretty good. I bought the deal, and we scheduled our sailing day in the morning. They also have sunset tours and whale watching tours, but we started off with the lessons because Peter wanted to learn to sail.
Sailing in San Diego
The day we went sailing was perfection. Blue skies with little patches of clouds and it was warm but not too hot. It was a group of six people and our captain’s nickname was “Happy Captain” so we knew we were in for a treat!
The captain asked us what we expected for our sailing session so he could make sure that everyone was happy!
An interesting thing that I learned is that most of these sailing captains make their money off of the tips! The captain’s love sailing and teaching others how to sail and they enjoy being out in the water. So make sure to bring some cash to tip your captain. If you have an excellent experience tip them more than expected.
On the way out to the ocean, our Happy Captain explained to us the different aspects of sailing we should be aware of. Those who wanted to learn to sail, like Peter, worked with him to sail the ship out to sea or bring it back in. I on the other hand just wanted to relax and enjoy the view.
As you can see from the photos, we were in a true sailing ship. Peter learned how to use the wind to gain speed and what causes sailing boats to go faster and slower. He also learned how to use the different objects in the distance as markers and who has right of way and who doesn’t.
Sailing in San Diego was a wonderful new experience! I highly recommend it to everyone that’s even considering a trip to San Diego. You get to see San Diego in a new light and experience why people love this activity so much!
After two and a half hours, we wanted to keep going but we had a conference to get to that evening. We’re definitely going to plan another sailing trip soon.