Best Places for Pictures in San Diego

Posted January 14th, 2018 by Riley Swisher with Comments Off on Best Places for Pictures in San Diego

There’s plenty of places to snap the perfect Instagram photo during your trip out to San Diego. Here’s the insider tip on great ways to see famous San Diego Landmarks, including a local’s perspective on great places to snap shots of beautiful San Diego.

First, here’s a couple fun ways to help you get around while sightseeing:

  • Speed Boat Adventures: Drive your own speed boat around the San Diego Bay! Speed Boat Adventures takes you on a 13 mile route to the must see landmarks on the water. First, you’ll head out to the US Navy Submarine Base, where you’re almost guaranteed to see sea lions. Then you’ll speed over to the USS Midway and experience being 55 feet under the flight deck. A little drive over to the Maritime Museum is where you’ll hear about San Diego’s historical fleet. You get to see ALL of this in our thrilling two hour tour.
  • Go Car Tours: Not wanting to spend miles on that rental car you purchased? Book a tour with Go Cars and hop in a storytelling car that’ll guide you to famous San Diego landmarks. You can take as long as you want, all day or just an hour, it’s all up to you! You pick a tour and decide what spots you want to see and when you want to stop. Book a Go Car Tour today online or over the phone. (800) 914-6227  https://www.gocartours.com/locations/san-diego-sightseeing-tours/

Bayview Park, Coronado

This a perfect place to get a fantastic view of the San Diego Skyline. It’s perfect for a day time picnic on the grass or visit it at night to see the downtown lights, sitting on the park’s benches. Last year, the Red Bull Air Race was held in San Diego right in front of Bayview park! You can easily find parking on the street in the residential area surrounding the park.

413 1st St., Coronado

Photo courtesy of Yelp


Cabrillo National Monument

This is by far the best place to experience a panoramic view of all of San Diego. The drive up to Cabrillo National Monument is one of the best parts too. Just a $15 entrance fee that’s good for the following 6 days gets you in to see: Cabrillo Statue & Museum, Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and the tidepools!! You may even see the Pacific Gray Whales that pass Point Loma and Cabrillo on their winter journey.

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Photo courtesy of VacationIdea


Sunset Cliffs

We all need a good place to get those sunset pictures. Well it’s called Sunset Cliffs for a reason! This is one of the best places tourists and locals will go to watch the sunset. There’s not many places for actual beach access here but there’s trails and benches along the cliffside to watch the sunset. During the summer it’s common to see many locals sunbathing on the cliffs and even some recreational cliff diving.

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA 92107

Photo courtesy of ToursDepartingDaily


Torrey Pines

Want to do something active with a great view?!? Well then this is the place to go! Torrey Pines is one of the best hikes in San Diego that’s super close to the beach! The natural trails formed throughout the cliffs make it a great photo spot. You might even see the paragliders that fly around Torrey Pines! You’re not going to want to miss out on the panoramic ocean views that you’ll see at Torrey Pines. It’s $8 per vehicle to park in their parking lot but there’s free parking on Torrey Pines Road.

12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia


Balboa Park

You’ll find endless spots to take pictures at Balboa Park. Balboa Park is home to 17 museums, beautiful gardens, art venues, trails, and other recreational attractions including the San Diego Zoo! One of the most photographed locations in the entire park is the lily pond. A crowd pleaser for it’s architectural backdrop & the numerous Koi fish swimming around in the pond.

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Information courtesy of balboapark.org

 Photo courtesy of PlanetWare


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Top 5 New Year Resolutions for 2018

Posted January 6th, 2018 by Riley Swisher with Comments Off on Top 5 New Year Resolutions for 2018

new year new you

Whew, the holiday season is over and it’s a new year. Here’s the top 5 common new year’s resolutions that people make and tips to make them stick for the long run.

Lose Weight

The beginning of the year is a great time to kick start your own person weight loss goals. The best way to start shedding pounds is to first focus on cutting calories. When you begin to search for that perfect dieting plan, find one that you believe is maintainable! Some find that keeping track of calories, water intake, macronutrients, and exercise is a good way to evaluate their progress and motivate them to reach their goals. Some free apps that track those are: MyFitnessPal, Lose It!, FatSecret, Cron-o-meter, and SparkPeople.

Programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are alternatives that may be easier to stay motivated. Weight watchers just launched a new freestyle program that’s an expanded list of food with zero points.

Get Organized

There’s some preparation that comes with this new years resolution. Starting out with a massive deep clean may lead to more of a mess. Establish a daily and weekly routine before you begin anything. Think about things in your life that you need to declutter, consolidate, straighten up, sort and label. Remember everything needs a home, even if that’s in the trash.

 Enjoy life to the fullest

It’s never too late to be inspired to get the most out of what this life has to offer. You already took the first step of making a list of your goals. Start to find things that you enjoy doing and do them more often! Stop putting life on hold and go after those things that you’re passionate about. Fill your life with thrilling experiences like doing something you’ve never done before. Spend your money on experiences that will leave you with lasting happiness.

Experience driving your own speed boat for the first time. At San Diego Speed Boat Adventures you can captain and navigate your own boat around the San Diego area. See awesome sites like the US Navy Submarine Base, USS Midway, the Maritime Museum, Coronado bridge, and more!

Another thrilling experience in San Diego is the GoCar tours. An experience of a lifetime that allows you to choose what exciting spots in San Diego that you want to see. Zip around San Diego in a storytelling car that guides you turn by turn through San Diego.

Learn something new

Learning something new can be difficult and time consuming. Try to shoot for something small and work your way up. Here’s some ideas:

  1. Learn a new recipe
  2. Learn how to juggle
  3. Learn how to play an instrument
  4. Learn how to snowboard/ski
  5. Master a new language

 Spend more time with family and friends

It’s not always easy to invest as much time as you once did in all of your relationships! So start 2018 with making intentional time a couple times a week for your friends and family. Set up times to meet up, facetime or phone calls with your loved ones!  


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Posted June 13th, 2017 by speedboatsd with Comments Off on BIG BAY BOOM – SAN DIEGO

Big Bay Boom is back!

It’s almost time to celebrate our nation’s birthday!

Location, Location, Location… Where will YOU be this 4th of July?

San Diegan’s are gearing up for the annual “BIG BAY BOOM” Fireworks show,  which is the most spectacular fireworks show in southern California!

You won’t want to miss this one!  Gather around with family or friends, lawn-chairs, snacks, and blankets –

…and enjoy the show!

Photo Evgeny Yorobe

San Diego’s Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show!!!

July 4th, 2017 @ 9:00pm

Where to watch: Fireworks will be going off in the San Diego Bay, in 4 separate locations:

  1. South Embarcadero Barge
  2. North Embarcadero Barge
  3. Harbor Island Barge
  4. Shelter Island Barge

Best places to watch:  bring your own lawn chairs/blankets!

  1. Shelter Island
  2. Harbor Island
  3. North Embarcadero
  4. Marina District
  5. Coronado Ferry Landing

*If you’re looking for something fun to do during the holiday week- try a Speed Boat Adventure Tour!

Let freedom ring! Give us a call at 619-294-5852, and let us help you reserve your boat(s) today!

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5 things about California Sea Lions

Posted April 27th, 2017 by speedboatsd with Comments Off on 5 things about California Sea Lions

If after our tour you feel that urge to spend more time cruisin’ out on the water be sure to check out our friend’s reliable reviews on inflatable boats at InflatableBoater.com

Sea lions basking at Bait Barge

Here at Speedboat Adventures we love our California sea lions, which is why bait barge (pictured above) is one of our favorite destinations to hit on the speed boat tour. California sea lions can be found all over but get their name designation because of their extremely large population in the golden state. There is no doubt about it, the sea lion is in love with California and we are too! Today we present to you our favorite facts about the adorable California sea lion:

  1. Sea lions can swim up to 25 miles per hour, that’s more than 5 times the speed of Michael Phelps. Typically recognized for their commendable relaxation skills in sun bathing these guys are great athletes, spending sometimes up to 30 hours straight of hunting and zipping around at remarkable speeds.
  2. Sea lions should be called sea cryin’ as they are known to shed a few tears. If you’ve ever observed a sea lion crying you may be wondering why. It’s actually because they have tear ducts specifically to help remove the salt water out of their eyes.
  3. Sea lions don’t like the Northern Atlantic Ocean. You can find sea lions in bodies of water all throughout the world except for the Northern Atlantic Ocean. The reason for this is a mystery to even scientists as the temperature and environment are compatible with their typical habitat.
  4. Sea lions have a big heart! More and more instances of abandon pups being fostered by other sea lions have recently been recorded. Isn’t that sweet?
  5. Lastly, sea lions are are total brainiacs. As highly intelligent creatures, some have even been taught to understand a simple version of sign language. In rare occurrences they have even been used for military operations.

Sea! We ain’t lion when we say, sea lions rule! Come sea for yourselves!

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Mother’s Day in San Diego

Posted May 5th, 2016 by speedboatsd with Comments Off on Mother’s Day in San Diego

Mother’s Day is just days away now. If you’re still unsure of what to do for mom on her special day you’ve clicked to the right post. We’ve taken the time to plan a whole day of fun that mom is sure to remember you as her favorite for! Let her sleep in today and invite her instead, for brunch at Florent Restaurant & Lounge in the Gaslamp District. There you can indulge in endless mimosas and short-rib eggs Benedict, as she reminisces about when you weren’t even old enough to drink.









After brunch, pamper mom at a relaxing spa at L’Auberge Del Mar where she can enjoy bottomless champagne and even more mimosas while she  takes in the ocean. What better way to say “thank you for taking care of me all these years.” We guarantee she will call you her favorite!







After relaxing for a spell wake her senses up with an adventure speed boat tour! You and mom get to cruise along in your own speed boat on the San Diego bay, following a trusted and cheerful tour guide. Of course we advise waiting until after your buzzes have worn off after all those mimosas!








For dinner, we recommend ending your epic Mother’s Day extravaganza with  Island Prime and C Level Lounge. From 11am – 7pm on Sunday, May 8th, Chef Deborah Scott serves her special 3-course menu for $59.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids. Treat Mom to classic Lobster Bisque, Macadamia Crusted Pacific Seabass or Roquefort Crusted Filet Mignon! We’re salivating just thinking about it!

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