Continent
North America
Country
California (USA)
Next Big City
San Diego
Next Town
Chula Vista
 
Type:
Lake
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Shower, Toilet, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Swimmers, Animals, Ships, Jetskis, Mole, Stones
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Enclosed bay, flat to choppy, depending on wind direction and strength, tides not much of a factor here. Rip rap jetty and concrete fishing pier to the south, industrial boatyard to the north, so either stay upwind or stay close to the beach. Nice open waterway with minimal boat traffic except for holiday weekends. Lots of stingrays, so try to stay up. Lots of sharp rocks, recommend using foot protection of some sort.

Beach

Type:
Grass, Sand
Size:
Tidal
Hazards:
No information
Beach Users:
None

Small beach on eastern shore of San Diego Bay, mixed soft and hard-packed sand, grassy rigging area. Assisted landings or walk kite to large lawn north of bathroom to self land. Launch is sand (walk through mud at extreme low tides). Intermediate spot due to the compact launch and landing area and the necessity of staying upwind due to lack of sandy beaches away from launch.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal, Frontal
Best Direction:
NW
Main Direction:
NW

Wind can be strong during winter and spring storms. Spring and early summer thermals from Northwest most consistent. Typically big gear. Local 'Catalina Eddy' effect can produce strong Southerlies at times with glassy powered up conditions in the lee of the levee at south end of bay. Santa Ana Easterlies are offshore and can be tremendously gusty. There are accessible launches on the western shore of the bay if you want to sail in a Santa Ana.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

From San Diego Airport, take Highway 5 south to Chula Vista, take J Street exit, go right, follow road west, then north (right) past marina, go left, then right (past RV park) then left. Go through yellow gate, parking lot is on the right, bathrooms and grassy rigging area next to it.

Extra information

Rules
Other

Popular park on summer weekends, please respect beach goers. Pretty empty most weekdays and when the wind picks up. Try not to dump your kite in the boat channel, as deeper draft boats are pretty much confined to it due to shallowness of the rest of the bay. Harbor Police station 1/4 mile south, so be responsible so we can retain access.

Nightlife

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and Tijuana's Avenida Revolucion and Zona Rio nightclub districts are both about 7 miles away, just choose whether you wanna go north or south.