With 70 miles of sparkling coastline, countless outdoor offerings and more than 100 unique city neighborhoods, it’s easy for visitors to enjoy San Diego while still following safe social distancing habits. Whether looking to escape a crowded city or just a monotonous day, visitors can find private activities and open-air spaces to unwind while enjoying San Diego’s sunny summer (and fall) days.

From exploring behind-the-scenes at the San Diego Zoo to sailing along San Diego Bay on a private charter and lounging poolside in a secluded cabana, the following are ways to practice “coastal distancing” in San Diego.

On the Water

Visitors can view San Diego’s stunning coastline from a different perspective while navigating its bay and ocean waters. For those in search of an exclusive experience, Halcyon Seas offers one-day, overnight or three-day getaways on board their 70-foot luxury motor yacht. Available for up to 12 guests, the all-inclusive excursions feature whale watching, harbor to harbor sailing and a visit to Santa Catalina Island. For a relaxed or romantic sail around the bay, San Diego Sailing Tours takes two to six guests cruising aboard a private charter. For two hours, guests can enjoy San Diego’s calm waters during the daytime or watch as the skyline begins to light up in the evening. Adventure seekers can be captain for a day aboard one of Luxury Jet Ski Rental’s six-passenger Bayliner boats. The vessels can be rented by the hour and no boating experience is required.   

Poolside Cabanas

Visitors can get some vitamin D while sunbathing under the sparkling San Diego sun in a private cabana. Surrounded by a lush garden and a heated saltwater whirlpool, Estancia La Jolla’s pool area is a perfect daytime retreat. Hotel and spa guests, as well as day-pass holders, can reserve a private cabana or daybed, which come with a stocked fridge and a discount on food and beverages from the Haven Bar & Grill. The Pool House at Pendry in downtown San Diego is a rooftop oasis offering city views of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Private, plush cabanas can be reserved for daytime lounging with access to the bar’s full drink and food menu. In the heart of the trendy North Park neighborhood, The Lafayette Hotel features a cool 40’s vibe with its Olympic-sized pool, designed by former Tarzan and five-time gold medal winner Johnny Weissmuller. The pool area includes a semi-private cabana that sits six guests and offers the convenience of catered pre-ordered food and drinks or poolside service from Hope 46, their onsite classic American restaurant. 

Happiness is calling you back to San Diego. For safe, healthy travel while in our destination, we encourage visitors to follow the guidance of the Safe Traveler Pledge available at the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org.


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