3 Best spots to Paddle Board for Beginners in San Diego, CA.

San Diego has miles of public beaches and is a popular haven for stand up paddle boarding (a.k.a. SUP). And with warm weather year round and an epic coastline it's super easy to fall in love with the view. As a beginner, this is a sport fit for anyone who is looking to get out on the water, but may be hesitant to try out surfing. It is a lot calmer but still provides exciting challenges of all levels!


What Do You Need?

As a water based sport, there is equipment needed for both adventure and safety. Here is the gear needed for paddle boarding as a beginner:

  • SUP or Stand Up Paddle Board: you can find an inflatable SUP here, as it's easier to travel with. I recommend getting the pump here since inflating it does take some time.
  • Paddle
  • PFD a.k.a. a personal floatation device
  • Leash
  • Sun Block Clothing


Spot 1: Ventura Cove at Bahia Hotel - Beginner Level


Lots of free parking

Clam waters, great for SUP yoga

Paddle up to the Barefoot Bar & Grill for drink & appetizer mid-paddle session



Spot 2: Bahia Resort, Mission Bay

Lots of free parking

Parking lot is walking distance to local restaurants & Belmont Park

Calm waters


Spot 3: Sail Bay, Mission Bay

Large bay area with plenty of places to take off from

Calm waters where you'll see other paddlers