The best kept secret in Coronado is nestled at the south end of Glorietta Bay Park. Few venture to the end of Strand Way to discover the Boat House and its community of paddlers and rowers with stand up paddleboards (SUP), kayaks, rowing shells, Hawaiian outrigger canoes, and prone boards. With bay views of the bridge and golf course, paddlers and rowers enjoy being on the water year-round on the protected waters of Glorietta Bay.
Autumn is the perfect time to get out on the water and paddle. For the first-timer or experienced watermen or waterwomen, the water is still warmish, and the scorching summer temperatures have abated. Bruce Willie, Aquatics Coordinator for the Boat House, says it is perfect paddling weather.
Paddle with a friend or family member or enjoy the solitude of the bay. Listen to the call of shorebirds overhead, and it you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a sea lion or dolphin. Paddling in the shallows affords spectacular views of sea life below. You may see rays, fish, or even a small octopus amid the seagrass. From glassy “fairytale water” to ripples, to small waves, the many textures of the water make each experience unique.
“When I grab my outrigger canoe it is so nice have the staff’s help. I know the facility is clean and safe and someone is aware I am out on there,” said Teena Leroux. “So few people have the opportunity to enjoy the shore view from the water. It is something very special.”
The number of days and hours the Boat House is open have been reduced due to the pandemic. The Boat House is now open Thursday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesdays for vessel storage customers only, 7 a.m. to noon. Kayaks, SUP boards, and rowing shells are available to rent, and there is limited space available to store personal paddling vessels.
The Boat House looks forward to reestablishing their instructional programs for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, rowing, paddle fitness, erg training on Concept 2 rowing machines, and moonlight paddles. In the meantime, the Boat House is open for rentals. Stop by and see all the Boat House has to offer on Glorietta Bay. Paddling or rowing may be the perfect therapy to get you through the pandemic and costs far less than a therapist. See you on the water! For more information call 619-522-2655.
Rentals by Reservation Prices: Single Kayak $20; Double Kayak $30; SUP Board $25; Single Shell $35 (experienced rowers only until classes resume).
Paddler’s Hourly Punch Pass: Eight hours of use for Stand Up Paddle Boards, Kayaks, and/or Rowing Shells. Includes Boathouse membership. Fee: $100 for 8 punches (1 punch = 1 hour)
Annual and Quarterly Pass: These passes are designed for the paddling enthusiast who wants to take advantage of paddling in the Bay without the hassle of equipment transportation, maintenance, and storage. Fee includes use of stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and/or rowing shells. Includes Boathouse membership. These passes are non-transferable. Annual Pass is $450 and Quarterly Pass is $112.50.
Private Vessel Storage: Applications for non-motorized paddle and rowing vessel storage spaces are now being accepted on a first come, first served basis. If there are no spaces available, an application may be placed on a wait list for one year. Outdoor Storage is $35/month or $385/year. Indoor Storage is $50/month or $550/year ($250 deposit required).