SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - When the long warm days of summer arrive, San Diegans take advantage of the seafaring lifestyle to cool off.
If you want to enjoy a day (or night) on San Diego Bay or Mission Bay, you have a wide array of choices for entertainment, whether you’re celebrating a big event or just looking for a new way to relax in America’s Finest City.
These ship-bound adventures offer more than alcoholic beverages. Try a new San Diego-brewed craft beer or drink champagne to your heart’s content as you gaze at the skyline or beach bonfires.
See some of our top picks on this list:
Flagship Cruises & Events
Flagship has spent more than a century on local waters, so it’s no wonder this locally-owned company is eager to show off San Diego Bay. Favorite trips include the Saturday or Sunday brunch cruises, or the Spirits at Sunset cocktail cruises on Friday and Saturday nights. Our pick is Hops on the Harbor, a beer cruise featuring a different local brewery each month.
It’s like Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise has come to life on these charming 22-foot Bay Island boats, but don’t worry - there’s no threat of crocodiles on Mission Bay. Your private or group voyage around the bay includes a spacious cabin with wine and a cheese plate.
Mai Tai Yacht Charter
Wouldn’t you love a prime seat (with no parking struggles) for the Embarcadero Marina Park summer concerts or Red Bull Air Races? This company specializes in charter trips so you can choose your own adventure. Mai Tai Yacht Charter welcomes groups from 6 to 130 people on its ten power and sailing yachts.
Celebrate the “booze cruise” at Hornblower Cruises. The established San Diego Bay business has several great picks, including the Rock the Yacht! Cruise with an onboard DJ and cocktails. The Sights & Sips Sunset Cruise is billed as a “one-of-a-kind” happy hour on Friday and Saturday nights through October.
Take a trip in time (as well as a trip on Mission Bay) on the Bahia Belle, a Mississippi-style sternwheeler boat. The three-story vessel has an observation deck where you can kick back on a starry night as the ship sails between the Bahia Resort Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. The Bahia Belle has DJs and rotating drink specials after 9 p.m. For an added experience, try the Sunset Luau Pineapple Run and Mango Run, which are followed by luaus and clambakes after your sail.
Ship ’N a Bottle
These 1967 sloop sailboats are a fun way to drift along Mission Bay. Snack on appetizers and wine while the waves rock you into relaxation. You can choose from a couples cruise or a private group wine cruise.