6 Best Boat Rentals in San Diego

Looking to rent a boat in San Diego? Here’s the best in the biz, and where to book your special day on the water!

San Diego is one of the top 3 destinations in the United States to rent a boat. Why is San Diego such a boating hub? We will tell you why!

It’s got 2 amazing bays. San Diego offers 2 bays, Mission Bay and San Diego Bay – both offering unique qualities for boating. While Mission Bay is relatively small in comparison, it gives boaters some really valuable opportunities that San Diego Bay cannot. Mission Bay is a much smoother ride than San Diego Bay, so if you’re one of those millions of people who gets sea-sick, stick with Mission Bay. The types of boats for rent in Mission Bay also are different. You’ll find that boat rental companies in Mission Bay offer smaller and slower boats. If cruising is something you’re looking for, Mission Bay could be your best bet.

San Diego Bay is the Big Bay of the two, which houses the U.S Coast Guard and U.S Navy fleets. You’ll find some HUGE boats in San Diego Bay and with that, comes big waves. If you’re planning on venturing through San Diego Bay, we recommend renting a bigger boat.

With that being said, let’s explore the best places in San Diego to rent a boat, including some pricing and recommendations.

Triton Charters

Okay, maybe we are a little biased, but with over 300 5-star reviews, how could we not be? The Triton is a 75 catamaran yacht that can hold up to 100 guests. Offering not only private charters, but ticketed charters makes it well rounded for large groups or just you and a few friends. It includes a Captain, Crew, and Bartender and TONS of space (it’s the biggest catamaran in San Diego!). Pricing starts at $825 and tickets start at $55 for a 2.5 hour San Diego Bay Cruise.

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If you are looking for luxury and large boat rentals only, you need to check out yacht rental san diego. What’s nice about renting from them is you are able to fill out a ‘booking request’ and they will get back to you with availability and pricing. On yacht rental san diego’s website you’ll find plenty of options to enjoy a day on San Diego Bay or Mission Bay. They offer yachts that range from 12 passengers all the way up to 100 person catamarans.

Malarky Charters is a 47ft catamaran located at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego. This is not just a regular boat, this is a world-class sailing yacht that is built in South Africa and sailed all the way to San Diego! It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, aft deck, and tons of seating. Although it legally can hold 12 passengers, this boat is HUGE and luxurious. If you’re looking for luxury on the bay and in the ocean, you found it with Malarky Charters.

malarky charters mission bay

Offering everything from a Paddleboard to a 75ft Catamaran, boat rental san diego has everything under the sun! It’s the hub of renting a boat in San Diego and definitely gives you the most options. Pontoon Boats start at $175/hr and some of the other yachts range from $450-$825 per hour. Check this out if you want to see all of the boats in one place.

Check out the newest boat rental in San Diego! Aquata Charters is a 37′ Axopar (this thing is awesome!) that has a TON of amazing techy features. Firstly, the Aquata is made by Axopar which is an award-winning yacht manufacturer that focuses on quality and comfort features that no one else offers.  Here’s an excerpt from their website:

“This model combines the functionality, ease of movement, social outdoor and indoor spaces and versatility of outboard walkaround centre-consoles with a spacious, fully enclosed weather proofed cabin, that with distinctive looks challenges traditional perceptions of cabin boats.

We consider the 37XC to be the Gran Turismo of the seas opening a world of possibilities for safe, extended voyages in comfort even in unpredictable weather.”

This is a MUST-SEE boat that will not disappoint!

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Meet the newest catamaran rental in Mission Bay! The Alana is a 40′ Coral Catamaran that was motored all the way from Florida! This catamaran can hold up to 45 passengers and includes a Captain, Crew, and Bartender! Not only does the Alana do Private Charters, but it also does Ticketed Mission Bay Cruises and Seaworld Firework Cruises! 

alana boat rental mission bay

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