Sure, San Diego is known for its great beaches, but many people don’t think of snorkeling when going to the beach in America’s Finest City. In fact, there are a lot of great snorkeling spots throughout the county, making it one of the best things to do in San Diego for those who are feeling a little adventurous. Below, we’ve listed the five best places to snorkel in the county.
This one’s a no-brainer. If you can deal with the throngs of tourists and can find a place to park, there is no better place to snorkel. The kelp forests are loaded with Garibaldi, sea lions, spiny lobsters, and much more. Visibility varies, but if you’re lucky you’ll show up on a clear day and see countless marine life.
A little south of La Jolla is another great snorkeling spot that is generally far less crowded. There is some surf here compared to the Cove, but if you’re a good swimmer, snorkeling at Boomers and Shell Beach is one of the most rewarding things to do in San Diego this weekend.
On the other side of La Jolla, to the north, lies this incredible underwater landscape where you can swim amongst guitarfish, horn sharks, harbor seals and more in water that is only 20 feet deep. You will need to swim out about 25 yards to really get the most of the experience, though.
An easy and very rewarding spot to snorkel, La Jolla Shores by the Marine Room restaurant is the place to go in the summer and early autumn months when leopard sharks are breeding in the area. You can see (harmless) sharks up to six feet in length just a short swim out. Be sure to start swimming and snorkeling as soon as possible though, because there are a lot of stingrays in the area.
This spot just across from South Mission Beach is not generally thought of for snorkeling, but there is an abundance of sea life along the jetty. Swim in the calm waters and keep an eye out for octopus, lobsters, bass, sea cucumbers, and more.
Rent some snorkel gear at a local dive shop like La Jolla Water Sports and enjoy one of the top things to do in San Diego by heading out on a snorkeling adventure. Funbassadors can arrange trips as part of a FunGig, while Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that connects them with an experienced guide who provides the necessary equipment.