A sailing trip on the US Pacific Ocean Coastline can have it all: stunning scenery, easy navigation, and access to iconic Hollywood.
Home to the Pacific Fleet of the US Navy and seventy miles of stunning coastline, San Diego is a perfect destination to charter a yacht. Whether docking in the south bays of Chula Vista, San Diego Bay, or Mission Bay in the north, access to the city is easy. There’s even a marina district in southwest Downtown. San Diego is considered a particularly good destination for a family holiday. From the bustling downtown district, packed with museums, restaurants and nightlife, to the laid-back beach neighborhood of Mission Bay with its famous Sea Life centre, the city offers a vast array of entertainment for everyone.
Further north lies the glitzy, glamourous City of Angels: Los Angeles. Marina del Rey, a seaside town on the west side of the city boasts the largest constructed small yacht harbor in the world, home to over 5000 boats and an ideal location for your charter. From here, it’s easy to walk to the neighboring Venice Beach for a strut on the boardwalk or visit to the infamous Muscle Beach. Further inland, the star-studded sights of Hollywood and cultural melting pot of Downtown LA await.
Chartering a yacht from LA also offers the ideal launching point from which to explore the Channel Islands archipelago, with its national park, marine sanctuary, and beautiful Catalina Island. There are many mooring sites in the coves around the village of Two Harbors from which to access the island, or dock at the resort of Avalon. The underwater life in this protected area is magnificent, and scuba divers and snorkelers may be rewarded with the sight of octopi, giant black sea bass, horn sharks, garibaldi and bat rays. Glass-bottom boat rides are also popular.
The Southern California climate is ideal for sailing, combining temperate weather with dependable breezes. Summers are warm and dry, winters are mild. However, the San Diego area is also renowned for the “May gray and June gloom”—a marine layer that swaddles the coastline in fog, so sailing in these months is best avoided. One of the biggest benefits of this stretch of coastline is that unlike destinations such as New England or the Pacific Northwest, sailing here is possible throughout the colder months. The effect of the vast Pacific Ocean on this coast means that the temperatures do not vary much between summer and winter, making this an ideal destination to charter a yacht and explore.
Sailing is possible year-round in Southern California, although the marine fog during the “May gray and June gloom” makes these months less pleasant to be on the water. Temperatures in LA vary from an average of 20º in January, the coldest month, to 29º in August, the hottest. The sea averages 17º. Rainfall is low, and what there is mainly occurs during winter and spring. Sea breezes make sailing in these waters a pleasure.