There are several places to kayak throughout San Diego. You can spend an especially memorable afternoon exploring the seven caves off La Jolla Cove, where you can often see seals, sea lions, and even dolphin.
Hike Bike Kayak San Diego. This shop offers several kayak tours, from easy excursions in Mission Bay that are well suited to families and beginners to more advanced jaunts. Tours include kayaking the caves off La Jolla coast, whale-watching (from a safe distance) December through March, moonlight and sunset trips, and a cruise into the bay to see SeaWorld's impressive fireworks shows over the water in the summer. Tours last two to three hours and require a miminum of four people. 2222 Ave. de la Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA, 92037. 858/551–9510. www.hikebikekayak.com.
La Jolla Kayak. This family-owned company offers kayak tours of the Seven Caves of La Jolla as well as snorkel and biking adventures. Several guides have extensive backgrounds in marine biology and ecology. 2199 Ave. De La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA, 92037. 858/459–1114. www.lajollakayak.com. From $39 for singles, $69 for doubles.
Everyday California. This action-on-the-water sports company also has its own clothing line offering beach casual styles inspired by La Jolla. Tours with expert guides, many of which are former college-level athletes, include a sunset kayak tour, where wildlife to see includes sea lions, seals, pelicans, and dolphin; the tour combines kayaking and snorkeling. If you'd rather go out on your own, Everyday California rents kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, snorkel equipment, and bodyboards. 2243 Ave. De La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA, 92037. 858/545–6195. www.everydaycalifornia.com. Sunset Kayak Tour from $80 for a single and $150 for a double, prices can change depending on season.
Bike & Kayak Tours. La Jolla's location of Bike & Kayak Tours offers a Leopard Shark Encounter snorkeling tour ($39 a person), where adventuresome travelers can see the shy spotted creatures up close. The Coronado location has you embarking on a kayak tour ($32 per person) underneath the Coronado Bridge at dusk to enjoy incredible views of Downtown San Diego. The Coronado location also offers stand-up paddleboards for as little as $14 a person. 1201 1st St., #215, Coronado, CA, 92118. 858/454–1010. bikeandkayaktours.com.