While you can kayak virtually anyplace along the San Diego coast, La Jolla Shores beach is among the most popular. Protected from the brunt of the summer swells, it’s an ideal launching point to explore kelp beds, sea caves, and sea lion colonies. Most of the guided tour operations are centered here, and many local kayakers launch from La Jolla Shores for touring, fishing, and diving excursions. Other popular sea kayaking locations include Mission Bay, Coronado Island, Carlsbad Lagoon, and Oceanside Harbor. It’s not uncommon to encounter dolphins, seals, and even whales. And, in addition to open ocean, coastline, and protected harbors, there are numerous freshwater lakes and reservoirs in San Diego County, many of them suitable for kayaking and, especially, kayak fishing.