Enchanted Cove (Stinkies)

Continent
North America
Country
California (USA)
Next Big City
San Diego
Next Town
San Diego, Mission Beach
 
Type:
Lake
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
No information

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat
Hazards:
No information
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide independent

The water is pretty shallow and flat. Mission Bay is pretty much a lake with a lot of islands in the lake. It is an excellent spot for advanced flat water riding. Booties are recommended because there is sometimes glass and/or nails especially adjacent to the fire rings. Most people ride with no problems.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
June, July, August

Sandy beach. The beach is ok to launch, better to do it in the shallow water. Good beginner's beach. There will almost always be people to help launch/land your kite.

Wind

Best Months:
August
Wind Type:
No information
Best Direction:
N, W, WNW, NW
Main Direction:
W, WNW, NW

The Mission Bay could get a little gusty sometimes, but usually you get some nice winds there. Stinkies has the most consistent winds in this area. On a typical North wind day it blows side shore relative to the launch.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

To get to Stinkies take the Sea World Drive exit off of Interstate 5 and head west. Follow signs to Fiesta Island (you can see it from the exit). Drive onto the island and the first cove you come to is Stinkies (about 3/4 mile from the entrance to the island). If you get to the fork in the road you have passed the cove and need to circle around the island. If there is wind you will see kites.

Extra information

Rules
Zones

The city requests that we do not walk on the mini-island (Enchanted Isle) located in the downwind portion of the cove because it hosts an endangered species of plant.

Nightlife

San Diego has great nightlife.