Sightseeing Yacht Charters
San Diego Bay History
Sightseeing yacht charters will provide you with much of the history of San Diego, from its discovery in September 28, 1542 by Guatemalan explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo to current times. A great place to get a view of San Diego Bay is at Cabrillo National Monument at the end of Point Loma – the picture below was taken from there.
The port which he discovered and named San Miguel would later be called San Diego Bay. His ship more than likely anchored at Ballast Point, just beside what is now the Navy Submarine dry dock (at the land outcropping at the left below). He stayed in the area for only 6 days before continuing to sail up the coast. It was only 6 months later on Catalina Island that he died from an infection which became gangrenous.
Sightseeing Charter – During the Day
During the daylight hours there is a lot to see on San Diego Bay with dozens of various types of boats such as sailboats, kayaks, military boats and tugs to name only a few. It is common to view aircraft carriers as well as submarines both docked as well as coming and going in the bay. A great article on Aircraft Carriers can be found on our blog
There will also be lots of wildlife such as sea lions, seals, birds as well dolphins and whales are not uncommon. We will be getting very close to the sea-lions (so close that you will be able to smell them), so bring your camera as you are sure to get some great pictures.
Point Loma is the entrance to San Diego Bay and the lighthouse has welcomed seafarers for years. An interesting article on the Light House written by a relative of the original light keeper.
The Light House is open for visitors and the area provides an incredible view of San Diego Bay.
Additional tour highlights are the submarine base, nuclear aircraft carriers, North Island Air Station, downtown San Diego, Coronado bridge, Glorietta Bay as well as other attractions. San Diego’s past is full of interesting facts such as at different times Ballast Point was home to both Chinese fishing villages as well as a whaling station. Fragments of pottery as well as whale bone have been found at this site.
The Star of India , an icon on the San Diego waterfront. It is the oldest still active sailing ship in the world (being built in 1863) and launched 5 days before president Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. She is now part of the San Diego Maritime Museum and has 21 circumnavigations under her keel!
We encourage you to visit her.
You are reserving the entire yacht!
We cover many of the current items of interest from the end of Point Loma as you enter into the Pacific Ocean to Glorietta Bay which is past the Coronado Bridge. Let us know your wishes, we will be happy to customize the charter for you.
Yacht Charters – Evening and Night
San Diego Bay is beautiful at night and we offer both dusk and night charters on the bay. Night charters are a perfect venue for both business functions as well as personal events. A night charter will create lasting memories of peaceful water and beautiful vibrant city lights which come alive at night. Evening and night charters are often catered.
Evening and night charters are operated throughout the year, but starting and ending times vary depending on the season. The yacht can be enclosed and heated, so you will be very comfortable.
These peaceful charters slowly cruise many areas of the bay such as La Playa (also know as America’s cup Harbor), Shelter Island, Harbor Island, downtown San Diego and Glorietta Bay.
Anchoring for a short period to watch the boats come and go is also possible. During the summer months the San Diego Symphony has the series the Summer Pops. Attending one of these by yacht is a real treat, floating on the water listening to the concert. This middle picture below was taken at such a concert.