San Diego Attractions: Guide to Visiting San Diego Bay

See this latest San Diego Travel Blog article, ‘San Diego Attractions: Guide to Visiting San Diego Bay’ and learn about all there is to discover as you explore this amazing deep-water port of San Diego.

Written by
Maria Mancuso

San Diego has a near limitless list of things to do, see and experience during your visit. From beautiful beaches, a World Class Zoo and Safari Park, Balboa Park, Old Town San Diego and miles and miles of incredible shoreline to explore.

One of the most popular San Diego attraction is beautiful San Diego Bay…in this San Diego Travel Blog article; 'San Diego Attractions: Guide to Visiting San Diego Bay' – we introduce you to this picturesque natural harbor and deep water port located just off the coast of downtown San Diego.

San Diego Bay
Location: West of Downtown San Diego
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San Diego Bay is very active bay or harbor.  This natural deep-water harbor is 12 miles long and up to 3 miles wide. It is the third largest natural bays along California’s coastline. 

San Diego Bay is one of the most popular San Diego Attractions that delivers options for relaxed and active adventure and entertainment for the entire family, including the San Diego Bay Walkway, Restaurants, Cruise Ship Port, beautiful Parks, Marina’s and the new Bay Side Concert venue; Bayside Performance Park.

San Diego Bay extends from Point Loma, along Harbor Drive, and far south to the shores of Imperial Beach. 

Why you should consider a Visit to San Diego Bay:

There are many San Diego Attractions to choose from during your visit, and San Diego Bay should be on your list. 

The gorgeous land and seascape that you’ll experience along San Diego Bay hosts several great water view and waterfront restaurants, the dining and entertainment complex; Seaport Village, Marina’s where you can rent a variety of boats to take your own cruise along the bay.

San Diego Bay has a walkway that runs along most of the bay in Downtown San Diego. This is a wonderful place to walk for a beautiful sunrise or sunset or to have a picnic and watch the boat traffic throughout the day and night.

From Shelter Island on the Bay, you can take San Diego Harbor Cruises and enjoy a memorable Dinner Cruise. Plan on a visit to America’s Cup Harbor and check out the beautiful boats in the marina.

Tips for Visiting San Diego Bay:

  • If you want to take a step back in time, visit the San Diego Maritime Marina on Harbor Drive, on the edge of the Bay. Roam the decks of several ships, including the Star of India, which is a tall ship that sailed the Pacific during the 1860’s and is still seaworthy today.
  • For a bit of military history, stop by the USS Midway Museum which is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in San Diego Bay at Navy Pier. The USS Midway Museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway and many interesting exhibits and an extensive collection of aircraft.
  • Make your way to picturesque Harbor Island, which is just a few minutes from downtown San Diego, and you can enjoy far-reaching views of the San Diego Bay.
  • There are several great water side restaurants to enjoy a fantastic meal and view of the bay, including; Fish Market, Coasterra, Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse to name a few.
  • Visit bustling Seaport Village, which sits on the shore of the San Diego Bay. At Seaport Village, you’ll find a variety of additional San Diego Restaurants and cafes, Shopping boutiques, live music venues, and fabulous street performers. 
  • You can rent a boat and explore the bay on your own, or travel under the Coronado Bridge and if you like, you can travel to the marina at Coronado Island, have lunch at one of the restaurants there and then travel back to the San Diego Bay Marina…it is a great way to spend a few hours and discover San Diego Bay.

San Diego Bay is very active bay and harbor along Downtown San Diego, north to Point Loma and south to Imperial Beach.  This natural deep-water harbor is 12 miles long and up to 3 miles wide. It is the third largest natural bays along California’s coastline. 


Interesting points of interest about San Diego Bay:

  • Point Loma is located on the north end of San Diego Bay, was discovered in 1542, and was named San Miguel. This was the beginning of the San Diego Bay’s rich history, which starts at the tip of Point Loma where the Cabrillo National Monument is on display.
  • Imperial Beach, which sits on the southern end of San Diego Bay, is the land link between San Diego and Coronado Island. The beaches of Imperial Beach are popular with surfers and sandcastle sculptures and there is even the annual Imperial Beach Sandcastle Contest is a part of the ‘Sun & Sand Festival’ held in July.

Our latest San Diego Travel Blog article; 'San Diego Attractions: ‘Guide to Visiting San Diego Bay’ tells you about only a fraction of what you can expect from your visit to San Diego Bay. The best way to learn about this amazing part of San Diego is you came and discover it all for yourself!

Visit our San Diego Visitors Guide for more recommendations for all there is to do, see and experience when visiting San Diego.

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