The Best Ways to Enjoy the San Diego Bay

The San Diego Bay is a 12-mile-long natural harbor that once served as the Pacific headquarters for the U.S. Navy, just before the U.S. entered World War ll. The Bay still remains a port for several of the Navy’s major aircraft carriers and a popular destination for anyone coming to sunny San Diego. Around the bay you’ll find a variety of activities to include in your itinerary. Explore museums, take a cruise across the water, or get some shopping done with our list of the best ways to enjoy your day on the San Diego Bay.

Visit the Village by the Sea

Spending the day walking around Seaport Village is a great way to enjoy the scenic San Diego Bay. This quaint village offers coastal eateries, charming gift shops, and local events. Enjoy a casual evening meal or simply stroll along the winding paths and check out the views across the water.


Brush Up on History

Climb aboard the USS Midway and dive into the rich history of this historic aircraft carrier. Learn about when and why the vessel was created and its impact on the country’s history. Take advantage of the USS Midway’s self-guided audio tours, join local events aboard the carrier, and visit the gift shop for your very own souvenir photo to remember your visit.


Take a Cruise

Discover the San Diego Bay from a new perspective on a scenic cruise across the bay. Join Hornblower Cruises for one of their San Diego Bay cruises, featuring a romantic dinner, bottomless brunch, or a beautiful sunset. A scenic cruise is a perfect way to learn about the historic body of water, take in the sights, and enjoy a delicious meal. Hornblower Cruises also offers private events, whale watching, and more.


Once you’re done exploring the San Diego Bay, retreat to comfortable accommodations in Shelter Island at Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina.