5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in California

By Penny Fox

5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in California

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Jet skiing is a true thrill—wind in your hair, water spraying, and catching awesome waves. Not only is jet skiing fun, but it has great health benefits as well, such as improved coordination. One of the best places in the country to tear it up on the water is in beautiful, sunny California. Soak in the scenery and enjoy your day outside at these five exhilarating jet skiing spots in the Golden State. 

1. Castaic Lake

With over 11,200 acres including the park, Castaic Lake is Southern California’s largest reservoir formed by Castaic Dam in the beautiful Sierra Pelona Mountains. Open daily, except on Christmas Day, from sunrise to sunset, you’ll have no trouble finding something to do. Boating, fishing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, kayaking, and sailing are just a few of the activities that will delight water lovers Land lovers can enjoy picnics on the beach, hiking, horseback riding, and simply basking in nature. Vehicle entry fees, boat launch fees, and camping fees apply, so make sure to plan in advance. 

2. Marina del Rey

Imagine flying across the water with the wind and water in your hair and heart pumping with excitement on your own one or two-person jet ski. That’s what you’ll experience when you go on a jet ski adventure between Marina del Rey and Paradise Cove in central California. Originally a salt marsh fed by fresh water from a nearby creek and a popular duck hunting area, the marina is now a harbor for pleasure craft and small boats.

3. Big Bear Lake

To witness some of the most breathtaking beauty in California, make a stop at Big Bear Lake. The smooth, shimmering blue waters make for a perfect day on a jet ski. Don’t have your own? Don’t worry. Big Bear Marina boasts an impressive fleet, including WaveRunners. Rates range from $100-$130 per hour, depending on what time you decide to hit the waters. Make a stop in Big Bear Lake Village after a great day to experience the quaint shops, boutiques, and cute restaurants. 

4. Newport Beach

This location is truly paradise. Stop by Balboa Water Sports at Newport Beach Harbor, rent your ride, and jet ski the day away. According to the website, it doesn’t matter your level of experience, no matter what, “they are certain to treasure the experience that awaits them.” Reach up to 60 mph on the back of a Sea Doo, which can accommodate two riders. 

5. San Diego Bay

Southern California offers some of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights in the country, and San Diego really is the crown jewel. To experience the area to its fullest, head to San Diego Bay Adventures. Here, you can rent jet skis for some of the most reasonable rates around—and a wetsuit is included! Take one of their several jet ski tours available, one of which is a “Sunset Tour.” This tour include dinner, and captivating sights. 

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