Bahia Resort Hotel. This facility and its sister location, the Catamaran Resort Hotel (E3999 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach 858/488–2582), rent paddleboats, kayaks, powerboats, and sailboats from 14 to 22 feet. Thanks to their location on the calm waters of Mission Bay, both are great places for beginners to try paddleboarding. 998 W. Mission Bay Dr., Mission Bay, San Diego, CA, 92109. 858/488–2582. www.bahiahotel.com.
Seaforth Boat Rentals. You can book charter tours and rent kayaks, Jet Skis, fishing skiffs, powerboats and sailboats at Seaforth's five locations around town. The outfitter also can hook you up with a skipper for a deep-sea fishing trip. Seaforth also rents paddleboards at their Mission Bay and Coronado locations. 1715 Strand Way, Coronado, San Diego, CA, 92118. 888/834–2628. www.seaforthboatrentals.com.