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What Makes Us Happy and Grateful This Holiday Season

What Makes Us Happy and Grateful This Holiday Season

As we celebrate this holiday season, there is so much to be grateful for. We are Russ and Kate, the owners of Eco Boat Rentals. We started our company in 2019 with a desire to offer the best eco-conscious boating experience in San Diego. Four years later, we are still going strong. Below is our list of what makes us truly happy and thankful. We Couldn’t Do It Without You! One of the best parts of our day is interacting with you, our valued customers. Whether it’s a couple on their first date pedaling a glow boat, or a family celebrating a birthday in a pink party boat, providing a one-of-a-kind experience is always our mission. Your joy is priceless. We love to read your reviews. Knowing we made a positive impact makes us happy. Owning a small business has been a dream, and your support has made it come true. “Last night Eco Boat Rentals provided my family and I a fantastic, magical experience relaxing on a Pink Boat cruise in San Diego Harbor! Captain Ryan kept us comfortable as we floated through the waters, blue skies and puffy, clean white clouds above, while getting an ocean’s level view of the majestic USS Midway, the tall boats docked along the wharf, and all the newly completed restaurants and sights surrounding downtown San Diego. The peaceful cruise transformed us, putting us immediately into a tranquil state and thankful for the beautiful city where we live. All this made possible by the superb, professional service we received from the entire staff with Eco Boat Rentals! This was an experience worth repeating, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the fantastic job owners Kate & Russ have done creating a unique Eco Boat rental adventure.” – Lisa P. Thank you for letting us be a part of your life. The Dogs Make Us Happy It’s not just the humans we are grateful for. Nothing puts a smile on our face faster than a dog having a blast on one of our dog-friendly pedal boats! It’s an adventure that humans and canines can share. When you love a place, why not come back?? Instead of two dogs, how about three this time! We absolutely love everything about Eco Boat Rentals. Just look at our doggos! If their beaming eyes and smiles don’t say it, then let me tell you it made their day! My loving husband did 99% of the pedaling, so I could take more pics to add to my camera roll full of dogs…” – Erin N. We are Grateful for Our Staff Without our amazing staff, Eco Boat Rentals would not have a 5-star rating. Our team works together to provide the utmost in customer service ensuring that each boat ride is fun and safe. From the moment you check in until you return to the dock, our employees are there for you. We are more than grateful for our wonderful team. Just see what our customers are saying. “…The staff definitely made the experience much more enjoyable. Thanks Ryan for all your help.” – Jackie T. “…Ryan and Juan greeted us upon arrival with the most energetic and welcoming energy! The boat was ready for us and Ryan was thorough to explain the instructions on how to navigate the bay and enjoy the hour time slot we had.” – Rachel R. “…We got there and were greeted by the sweetest lady, who offered a life vest for our pittie, Bennie. She walked us through a map of the harbor and told us where to catch an incredible view of the skyline. She also offered us a speaker for our ride but we had brought our own.” – Chris P. We are in Awe of the Magnificent San Diego Bay Each day we continue to be in awe of the magnificent San Diego Bay and are thankful we get to call it home. It’s easy to come to work when you are surrounded by views that can’t be beat including the spectacular San Diego City skyline. Eco Boat Rentals is located in the America’s Cup Harbor. It is a natural harbor and part of the San Diego Bay. It was named after the 1995 America’s Cup races held in San Diego. Besides housing a variety of boats and yachts, it is the playground of an abundance of sea life such as birds, sea lions and seals. We are grateful to enjoy the beauty of the area daily and find it the perfect spot for our pedal and pink boat cruises. We are Beyond Grateful for the Growth of Eco Boat Rentals When we opened Eco Boat Rentals in 2019, we started with people-powered pedal boats. They became so popular; we expanded our business to include glow boats. Illuminated inside and out with bright colorful lights, these nighttime cruises provide a romantic way to explore the bay. Recently, we were fortunate enough to add two pink party boats to our fleet. These electric Duffy boats are decked out with bright pink hulls, canopies and accents. Equipped with a captain, they are a unique location to hold birthday and bachelorette parties, or any special occasion. As the holiday season approaches, we are grateful for the growth of our business over the last 4 years. It wouldn’t have happened without our wonderful customers. We Love Our Neighborhood Both of us love our neighborhood of Point Loma. This sleepy seaside town within San Diego is full of remarkable restaurants and activities. For incredible seafood, you must try Point Loma Seafoods or Mitch’s. Craving Pizza? Pizza Nova is just a short walk from Eco Boat Rentals. Maybe you’re looking for a great view of the harbor. Then Vessel Restaurant and Bar is for you. Point Loma is also home to the Cabrillo National Monument. Here, you can go hiking, check out the tide pools and explore the famous lighthouse. Humphrey’s by the Bay brings in top musical acts from all over with views of

Burn Off Holiday Calories in the Beautiful San Diego Sunshine

Burn off holiday calories with outdoor exercise in the beautiful San Diego sunshine.

Did you know the average American consumes a whopping 5,370 calories on Christmas Day? Add that to the 3,000 to 4,500 calories from Thanksgiving, and it’s no wonder you can gain a few pounds over the holidays. With busy schedules, shopping and parties, it is hard to find time to get to the gym during the holiday season. How about trying some outdoor exercise to burn off holiday calories instead? Besides burning off calories, exercising outdoors is a natural antidepressant. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve mood and lower anxiety. Not only will you enhance your physical wellbeing by exercising outdoors, but you will better your mental health too. Find a Park for Outdoor Exercise A park is a fantastic spot for some outdoor exercise. Wide open spaces leave plenty of room for a walk, jog or run. With over 340 parks in San Diego County, it is not hard to find one. The two below are especially outfitted to make exercising outside easy. Morley Field Sports Complex Morley Field Sports Complex is located in the northeast section of Balboa Park. Not only will you find a fitness parcourse (a jogging trail featuring exercise stations for calisthenics), there is a disc golf course, bicycle track, swimming pool, 25 tennis courts and a multi-purpose ball field to help you reach your fitness goals. If you are bringing your pup along, make sure to visit Morley Field Dog Park, an off-leash park. Embarcadero Marina Park South Embarcadero Marina Park South, near downtown San Diego, also offers exercise stations to ramp up your workout as well as basketball courts and a bike path. The park offers amazing views of the San Diego Bay to liven up your exercise routine. Leashed dogs are welcome. A 5k or Half Marathon Burns Off Holiday Calories Why not get into the holiday spirit while exercising at the same time? Running in a 5k or half marathon is great exercise, gives back to the community and can boost your confidence and self-esteem. You can burn up to 1300 calories running a half marathon and 360 calories doing a 5k. San Diego Holiday Half Marathon The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon takes place on December 17, 2022 and benefits Up and Running Again, The Salvation Army and Interfaith Community Services. This 13.1 mile race starts in Rancho Penasquitos and ends at the dazzling Torrey Pines State Beach. San Diego Santa Run The 10th Annual San Diego Santa Run is on December 10, 2022 in Pacific Beach. Each 5k participant receives a Santa suit and sunglasses. Over the years, they have had 20,000 Santas fill the streets. Proceeds from this event support the Pacific Beach Holiday Parade, a community staple for over 38 years. Ohana Holiday Toy Run The Ohana Holiday Toy Run is a 5k that begins and ends inside De Anza Cove in Mission Beach. Benefitting The Salvation Army San Diego Citadel Corps, each runner/walker who donates a toy will receive a discount on the entry fee. This family-friendly race is happening on December 18, 2022. Pedal a Boat From Eco Boat Rentals If you enjoy riding a bike, then you will love pedaling a boat from Eco Boat Rentals. It won’t even feel like exercise as you glide across the harbor, take in spectacular views of the San Diego skyline and watch sea lions frolic in the ocean. Each boat can hold a maximum of three adults and one child with two people pedaling at once. Single riders are more than welcome and can easily maneuver a boat on their own. Bring Fido as Eco Boat Rentals is dog friendly. Running Stairs at the San Diego Convention Center The San Diego Convention Center in downtown boasts 100 stairs that are sure to challenge your endurance. The steps are lit in the evening making an after work exercise session possible. One drawback is large crowds during conventions, so make sure to check their online schedule. Running stairs is terrific for burning fat, strengthening the lower body and sculpting abs. Thirty minutes of this high-intensity exercise burns 320 calories on average. It is an effective way to burn off holiday calories. Other areas in San Diego County boasting good stair workouts include La Mesa’s “Secret Stairs” and the Cabrillo National Monument. Get Zen with Outdoor Yoga Doing yoga outdoors can be a Zen experience. Noise distractions may force you to increase your focus, uneven terrain can make yoga outdoors more intense and certain smells in nature trigger relaxation. Another plus is there is plenty of floor space to stretch out. Yoga with Shawna on Mission Beach welcomes all levels of yogis and teaches a variety of daily yoga sessions including hatha, vinyasa and yin. Prepare for your upcoming week with a peaceful vinyasa flow at Sunday Morning Yoga at Sunset Cliffs. The OM Experience at Balboa is a vinyasa style yoga class combined with live music on Sunday mornings. We hope these suggestions give you a break from the crazy but happy holiday season, and you find a little time to take for yourself. We would love to hear about your favorite outdoor exercise in the comment section below.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in San Diego This Year

Thanksgiving in San Diego offers an abundance of restaurants and activities to celebrate the holiday.

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a time for friends and family to come together and savor delicious food. But with the long weekend looming, what do you do to fill the time? And if you don’t like to cook, where do you go? Luckily, Thanksgiving in San Diego offers fun activities and incredible restaurants sure to delight. Read on to find out more. Where to Feast When Celebrating Thanksgiving in San Diego According to a 2021 Thanksgiving Travel Survey taken by The Vacationer, about 13 million people will eat their Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, and close to 9 million people will vacation for the holiday. Being a vacation destination, many restaurants in San Diego are open for Thanksgiving with delectable and innovative menus. Check out some of our suggestions below. Be sure to make your reservations early! Mister A’s 2550 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor, San Diego ~ (619)239-1377 Mister A’s in Bankers Hill is presenting a 3-course dinner for Thanksgiving. Pick an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Main courses include roasted organic turkey, sea bass, lamb chops and prime rib. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado ~ (619)435-6611 Dine in Hotel del Coronado’s elegant Southpointe Ballroom, the hotel’s largest event venue. Feast on a lavish Thanksgiving spread with all of the trimmings while listening to live music. The historic building and grounds will be festively decorated for the holidays. Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn 2303 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego ~ (619)224-3411 For early birds, Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn is offering a Thanksgiving Brunch from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Thanksgiving Day. Featuring an omelet bar, popular breakfast dishes, seafood, pastries, a carving station, pasta and more, there is something for everyone to relish. Island Prime 880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego ~ (619)298-6802 Savor a 3-course Thanksgiving dinner at Island Prime. Besides free-range turkey, find sea bass, prime rib, filet mignon and more to choose from. Soup or salad and dessert are also included. Island Prime boasts views of the San Diego skyline that are breathtaking. Vessel Restaurant & Bar 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego ~ (619)819-8195 Vessel Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving day. Choose from a traditional Thanksgiving supper served family-style, a plated prix fixe dinner or Thanksgiving inspired a la carte selections. Located in the Kona Kai Resort, reserve your marina-front table today. What to Do When Celebrating Thanksgiving in San Diego For many, Thanksgiving is a 4-day holiday. For those lucky enough to have the extra time off, you might be wondering what there is to do besides eat and shop Black Friday. Don’t fret. There is plenty to do in San Diego. Start Your Day Off With a Turkey Trot Americans eat between 3000 and 4500 calories on average each Thanksgiving. Get a head start on burning those off with a Turkey Trot. Not only are they a fun and energizing start to your day, they are a wonderful way to give back to the community. Father Joe’s Villages Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k raises monies to feed the homeless through their crucial meals program. Held in Balboa Park, it is family, stroller and pet friendly. San Diego’s longest-running trot, this is their 21st event. Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Coronado Unit is hosting their 9th annual Turkey Trot at Tidelands Park in Coronado. Last year they raised $90,000 for the hospital. This year the goal is $100,000 plus! Rady Children’s Hospital serves 92% of the children in San Diego, 63% in South Riverside and 52% in Imperial County. Tour the San Diego Bay Thanksgiving Weekend If you are wondering what to do with all those leftovers, Eco Boat Rentals has the answer. Whip up some turkey and cranberry sandwiches, grab your favorite bottle of bubbly and take in the spectacular views of the San Diego Bay. Options include their beautiful French-built sailing yacht or one of their colorful and fun Duffy pink party boats. Both include your own private captain. The yacht can hold up to six people while the party boat can accommodate 6-8 guests. What could be better than fresh ocean air, amazing scenery and time spent with loved ones? For those looking for a little more physical activity, rent a peddle boat from Eco Boat Rentals. Each boat can hold up to 3 adults and 1 child with the capacity for 2 people to peddle at the same time. Plus, they are dog friendly! You can burn close to 300 calories per hour making it an easy way to work off Thanksgiving dinner. Ice Skate at Hotel del Coronado Who needs snow to go ice skating? Hotel del Coronado’s popular Skating by the Sea is back for another season. Glide across the ice surrounded by stunning views of the Pacific. Reserve the Frostbite Lounge with comfortable seating, fire pits, holiday-themed cocktails and bites. Skating by the Sea benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego. Kick Up Your Heels at the San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza Started in 1980, the San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza takes place November 23-27, 2022, at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. Put on your dancing shoes and revel in traditional jazz, swing, boogie woogie, ragtime and rhythm & blues. Over 17 bands and guest artists will perform over the weekend. 5-day, 3-day and single day tickets are available for purchase. We love to hear from you. Let us know your favorite Thanksgiving tradition in the comment section below.

Pedaling an Eco-Boat is an Easy Outdoor Exercise

family-friendly activities at Belmont Park

It’s a beautiful day in San Diego, and you are looking to do a little outdoor exercise. You start to put on your running shoes, but another jog on the beach sounds like a snore. Where else can you go to get in some cardio while enjoying fresh air and spectacular ocean views? Why Eco Boat Rentals, of course. Similar to exercising on a recumbent bike, one happy customer described their experience as “an easy bicycle ride on the water.” Pedaling an Eco-Boat Burns Calories Pedaling an eco-boat is not only entertaining, but it also burns calories. How many you might ask? Well, it depends on several factors including your weight and the intensity of your workout. A 150 lb. person moderately pedaling an eco-boat for 60 minutes will burn 286 calories. More than enough to enjoy that Krispy Kreme doughnut! Click here to calculate how many calories you can burn. Rent an Eco-Boat to Improve Cardiovascular Health Pedaling is a great way to improve cardiovascular health. According to the journal, Circulation, cycling has proven to lower the risk of coronary heart disease. Even moderate amounts of physical activity are good for the heart. Regular cardio lowers blood pressure. It regulates blood sugar, combats depression, fights disease and improves sleep. Who doesn’t need a good night’s rest? An Eco-Boat Ride is Outdoor Exercise That Tones Muscle One of the key benefits of any exercise is to strengthen and tone muscles. With pedaling, you can expect to target your leg and buttock muscles. Strengthen your glutes, calf muscles, shin muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps. Your feet get a workout too! The faster you go, the more conditioning you will see. Starting to get tired? Stop. Another added perk to exercising on an eco-boat is you can take a break whenever you want and enjoy floating on the water. An Hour Eco-Boat Rental for Two is More Affordable Than You Think For only $52, you can rent a pedal boat at Eco Boat Rentals. The price is per boat, not per person. Each boat has the capacity for two people to pedal at the same time. According to the CDC, exercising with a friend is good for you. You motivate each other to work harder, are willing to try new things together and stay more consistent. It’s double the good times and fitness. You can even bring your dog for company and to boost your mood! As for pricing, indoor cycling classes range anywhere from $18 to $32, which is $36 to $64 for two. Drop-in yoga classes average $25 for one or $50 for two. You can see, renting an eco-boat is comparable to other exercise options. Plus, it’s just as much fun, if not more. While pedaling an eco-boat might not fit into your daily schedule, it is a unique way to shake up your normal fitness routine. Outdoor exercise is not only good for your body, but also for your mind. With frolicking sea lions and a spectacular skyline as the backdrop to your workout, you are bound to not only feel more fit, but to feel mentally refreshed as well. Do you prefer to exercise at night? A glow boat ride offers the same fitness benefits as our day trips. For more information on our fabulous glow boats, click here. Tell us about your favorite fitness routine in the comments below.

7 Delicious Restaurants to Complete Your Fantastic Eco Boat Rentals Adventure

7 Delicious Restaurants to Complete Your Fantastic Eco Boat Advenure

It is bound to happen. After your energizing Eco Boat Rentals adventure, you find you have worked up quite an appetite. Or you need some sustenance before you start pedaling away. Where do you go? We have some delicious answers below. Point Loma Seafoods 2805 Emerson Street, San Diego (619)223-1109 Overlooking Eco Boat Rentals is Point Loma Seafoods with incredible views of the bay. Specializing in fresh fish brought in daily, enjoy a delicious meal in-house or pick up some just caught fish from their counter to take home. Along with sandwiches on freshly made bread, crisp salads, seafood plates and cocktails, they offer a variety of sushi rolls and sashimi. Don’t miss out on their smoked fish, still smoked with hickory wood just like they did in the early years. Wash it all down with a cold beer or glass of wine. Point Loma Seafoods allow dogs at their outside tables. To find out more, please click here. Mitch’s Seafood 1403 Scott Street, San Diego (619)222-8787 Just a few steps away from Eco Boat Rentals is Mitch’s Seafood, serving locally and sustainably caught wild seafood since 2008. Mitch’s Seafood has an array of menu items including raw, grilled, steamed, and fried seafood. Their fish and chips are a must try. If you are starting early, Mitch’s offers breakfast beginning at 8:00 am. Looking to quench your thirst? Try a local craft beer or glass of wine. Mitch’s Seafood is dog friendly. To find out more, please click here. The Wine Pub 2907 Shelter Island Drive #108, San Diego (619)758-9325 A five-minute walk from Eco Boat Rentals will find you at The Wine Pub. Don’t let the fact it is in a strip mall fool you. The Wine Pub offers an exceptional wine list along with local craft beers, small plates for sharing and hand-crafted dinner entrees. Happy hour is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with food and drink specials. Enjoy live music on selected nights. The Wine Pub is the perfect option to pair with Eco Boats for a casual date night. The Wine Pub’s heated outdoor patio is dog friendly. To find out more, please click here. Fig Tree Café 2400 Historic Decatur Road Suite 103, San Diego (619)821-2044 Just a 5-minute drive from Eco Boat Rentals, located at Liberty Station, is Fig Tree Café. Looking for the perfect breakfast or brunch to start your day? You can’t go wrong with Fig Tree Café. Try one of their unique dishes like Breakfast Sushi, Crispy Pork Belly and Grits or Meatloaf Hash. For those more on the traditional side, you will find omelets, pancakes, and benedicts. An abundance of morning libations is available but keep it light for your upcoming pedal boat trip. Fig Tree Cafe’s outside patio is dog friendly. To find out more, please click here. Miguel’s Cocina 2912 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego (619)224-2401 Who doesn’t love Mexican food? A very quick 3-minute walk from Eco Boat Rentals will bring you to Miguel’s Cocina offering Cali-inspired Mexican dishes. Diners rave about their creamy jalapeno white sauce, the perfect accompaniment to chips and salsa. Miguel’s is open for lunch and dinner plus brunch on Saturday and Sunday with a variety of menu items including seafood dishes. Don’t forget a margarita! Only service dogs are allowed at Miguel’s Cocina, so leave the pups at home. To find out more, please click here. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern 4990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego (619)226-2103 Are you in the mood for a big, juicy burger? Then Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern is your answer. A 6-minute walk from Eco Boat Rentals, Jimmy’s is open for lunch and dinner and serves brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with views of the marina from every seat. In addition to burgers, you will find tasty appetizers, salads, and main dishes such as Free-Range Fried Chicken and BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Beer, wine, and innovative cocktails are available. Jimmy’s is also a Nationally Recognized GRA Green Restaurant. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern allows dogs on their outside patio. To find out more, please click here. Pizza Nova 5050 North Harbor Drive, San Diego (619)226-0268 So, you have burned up some calories pedaling and are craving pizza. Look no further than Pizza Nova, a brief 3-minute walk from Eco Boat Rentals. Open for lunch and dinner with spectacular views of the harbor, enjoy over a dozen different woodfired pizza options. Small plates, salads, pastas, and dinner specialties are also on the menu. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with discounts on draft beer, house wine and well drinks plus $2.00 off small plates and $7.50 mini-pizzas! Pizza Nova is dog friendly on their outside patios. To find out more, please click here. Combining a meal at one of these delicious restaurants with a fantastic ride on an Eco Boat Rental is the perfect date, family activity or day with your dog. To book your Eco Boat now, please click here.

Top Things You Need For Your Awesome Couple’s Trip

Find Your Destination If you’re the adventurous type, The Blonde Abroad suggests taking trips to South Africa whereyou can go on safari or French Polynesia that’s a great place to swim with sharks. For moreromantic options, consider sailing in Egypt, cave swimming in Riviera Maya in Mexico, or a tripto Paris. Wherever you decide to go, make sure you research exactly what it takes to travel tothat country and what transportation would be like. Bear in mind that some of these countries will require that you take certain immunizations so get that out of the way, too. Of course, you can still have adventurous and romantic trips in-country, too, perhaps while renting a luxurious cabin together! Get Your Car Ready For trips outside of the country, your car might not play a major role in your vacation, but if a road trip is in order, then getting your car in good shape should be at the top of your list. According to Reader’s Digest, it’s recommended that you bring your car to the mechanic for a general checkup before you head out. You should check your tires and make sure your emergency kit is fully stocked — don’t forget to include tech-related necessities like an extra car charger or two! It’s also a great time to check on your auto insurance to ensure you havesufficient coverage. Plan Some Activities To make the best of your trip, it’s good to plan some activities while leaving room for flexibility orspontaneity. One thing you definitely don’t want to leave up to chance when you’re in anunfamiliar environment is what you’re going to eat. According to Future Travel, you can find outabout great food places by doing research prior to the vacation and getting tips from socialmedia platforms like Pinterest. If you’re looking to save some money, you can check in with thelocals to avoid overpriced restaurants and get a more genuine trip experience. Online itinerarytools can also be useful when putting everything together. Communication Will Be Important When you’re going on your trip, it will be vital to maintain communication with your loved ones.You should also be able to contact the places you’d like to visit to confirm your plans. It’s best tomake sure you have a phone plan that will cover the calls you need to make without incurringroaming charges. It should take in any additional data usage you may incur as well, becauseyou may need to use GPS services while in unknown territory or do some more research whenyou’re not connected to Wi-Fi. Your phone will also be a must if you have an emergency andneed to make use of your travel insurance. When you’re going on your trip, it will be vital to maintain communication with your loved ones.You should also be able to contact the places you’d like to visit to confirm your plans. It’s best tomake sure you have a phone plan that will cover the calls you need to make without incurringroaming charges. It should take in any additional data usage you may incur as well, becauseyou may need to use GPS services while in unknown territory or do some more research whenyou’re not connected to Wi-Fi. Your phone will also be a must if you have an emergency andneed to make use of your travel insurance. Eco Boat Rentals knows how to treat you like family! Our staff will take care of you andmake sure you are enjoying your pedal boat rental with us from start to finish. Our boatsare pet-friendly, too! Call (619) 535-1333.

10 Dog-Friendly Activities in San Diego

10 Dog-Friendly Activities in San Diego

With its sunny weather and myriad of outdoor attractions, San Diego offers dogs and their owners lots of fun ways to enjoy spending time together. In the rare instances that the weather isn’t ideal for outdoor fun, there are even some indoor venues where four-legged best friends are welcome too. Whether you live in or near San Diego or are visiting with your pet, you’ll want to consider checking out the following 10 dog-friendly activities in San Diego. Go On a Hike  Although the temperatures can soar in San Diego depending on the time of year and how far inland you trek, you can generally expect lots of sunshine when hiking the trails inside or around the city. San Diego brims with hills and valleys that make some of the trails quite a workout for both humans and dogs. Some of the most popular trails for hikers and their dogs are located at Mission Trails Regional Park and Tecolote Canyon Natural Park.  Pedal Boat Fun If your dog likes getting out on the water, rent a pedal boat and enjoy the views of the city while floating around the Point Loma area. Eco Boat Rentals features paddles boats that can accommodate three adults and one child and they’re pet friendly! The boats have sun protection and are easy to operate. Pedaling is similar to pedaling a bicycle on a flat road. They’re also easily operated by just one person. Your dog can relax and enjoy the ocean breezes while you do the pedaling!  Dog Beach Fun San Diego features some of the best beaches in the country, and some of them are perfectly welcoming to dogs. Beach walk can be the best dog friendly activities while you in San Diego area. While many of the beaches have strict leashing requirements for dogs, Ocean Beach is one of the popular beaches that does not require a leash. That means that your dog can romp and play in the surf or on the sand until they’re out of energy. Other popular dog beaches include Coronado (specifically, the North Beach Dog Run) and Del Mar Dog Beach.  Dog Park If you’re not in the mood for sand and surf, head to an area dog park where your dog can run free for a while with other dogs. Capehart Dog Park features two fenced sections–one for big dogs and one for smaller breeds. Cadman Community Park near Old Town is not fenced but doesn’t require leashing except on holidays or specially announced times. Bring along a frisbee or ball and spend some time at one of these locations with your furry pal.  Enjoy a Lunch Date at Balboa Park As one of San Diego’s most popular attractions, Balboa Park is loaded with museums, strolling paths, and picturesque gardens. Although dogs must be leashed, they are perfectly welcome to stroll along with their owners, and there are area restaurants that are happy to accommodate dogs too. Panama 66, for instance, is a well-known dog-friendly cafe. It’s a great place to relax over lunch and a cool drink.  Catch a Baseball Game at Petco Park You and your dog can root on the Padres at Petco Park where dogs are welcome. There aren’t too many major league ballparks in the country that are willing to accommodate man (and woman’s) best friend, but Petco Park is one of them. The park even features pet-friendly amenities like a pet drinking fountain and shade umbrellas. Depending on how the Padres are playing, it’s often more fun to watch the dogs enjoying themselves at the park.  Watch the Seals at La Jolla Cove La Jolla is an especially dog-loving community where even many of the shops welcome pets inside. La Jolla Cove is a popular destination for seal watching, and many people bring their dogs along to enjoy the views. Along the beach, visitors will find vendors selling everything from ice cream to rocks and minerals. Although the beach here is rocky for the most part, there is a lovely stretch of green grass where many people spread blankets for reading, people watching, and relaxing with their pet.  Staycation at an Upscale Dog-Friendly Hotel  San Diego is a world-class tourist destination and, as such, brims with upscale hotels and resorts. Several of the most notable welcome dogs. If the weather is especially hot and you’ve soaked up enough sun outside, relax at one of the city’s premier hotels like the Hotel Coronado or San Diego Mission Bay Resort where dogs are welcome and room service is fast. You and your pup can hang out in your ultra-plush suite and enjoy your hotel’s first-class amenities.  Shop with Your Dog at Old Town With its outdoor marketplace filled with both indoor and outdoor shops, Old Town is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Many visitors to Old Town bring their dog along for the excursion. Although you’ll want to keep your dog leashed when shopping the outdoor market for things like Mexican blankets, pottery, and other handicrafts, you can stop and relax at the Historic Plaza where there’s usually live music. Because there are many outdoor restaurants or restaurants with outdoor patios, you can typically enjoy a meal at a dog-friendly venue like Fred’s Mexican Cafe with your dog.  Explore the Dunes at Fiesta Island Since most of Fiesta Island features no leash requirements except for specified areas, dog owners and their pets flock to its beach and dunes. Located in Mission Bay, the peninsular park features a long, uninterrupted stretch of beach that’s perfect for jogging along with your pooch. Many pet owners drive right up to the beach and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with their dog and other companions. Keep these dog friendly activities in San Diego in mind when you’re looking for something to do with your dog in America’s Finest City. The sunshine and warm weather promises to enhance your outdoor fun while you and your dog enjoy Southern California’s amazing climate.

San Diego Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gifts For Everyone

San Diego Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gifts For Everyone

The holiday season has officially started! While we are safely social distancing, and staying at home, get a head start with your holiday shopping with Eco Boat Rentals. We got you covered with our San Diego Holiday Gift Guide 2020 to give you ideas for everyone on your list. Make sure to share our San Diego Holiday Gift Guide 2020 with your family and friends to get you something as well, because it’s been a year and you deserve some fun too! Best Seller Gifts Our Eco Pedal Boats are a treat for everyone! Enjoy the views of San Diego Bay and have an adventure on the water. Our water activities are safe for seniors and fun for kids. Rent an hour, 2 hours, half-day, or full-day. Pair it up with a local seafood lunch spot to enjoy the day in Point Loma. Eco-friendly & Sustainable Gift We pride ourselves on sustainable gifts as all of our water activities are eco-friendly. Spend a day on the water and make a positive impact on the planet by trash-hunting. We’ll provide you the nets so you can play with purpose this holiday season! Family-Friendly Fun Gift Our Eco Pedal Boats are perfect for kids! Gift your little one a full day of adventure in San Diego Bay with the family. Our Eco Boats can fit up to 2 adults and 2 kids. We have everything covered with kids’ life jackets, scavenger hunt cards, and more! Dog Adventure Gift Skip the doggy treats and toys this year, and give them an adventure with you on a pedal boat! Don’t worry about your dog as we have various sizes of life jackets for them. Our crew team will make sure you score away with some cute photos to remember the day! Excited about giving everyone a gift that they’ll remember forever? Us too! Let us know in the comments what you’ll be gifting this year.

Dog-friendly San Diego: Activities, Restaurants, Breweries, and Bars

Dog-friendly San Diego: Activities, Restaurants, Breweries, and Bars

Are you looking for ways to treat your dog or have a doggie birthday coming up? Don’t leave your dog at home; San Diego has several dog-friendly places that you can enjoy with your pup. From mutt menus to pedal boat rentals, we’ve compiled a list of 9 dog-friendly activities, restaurants, breweries, and bars that pride themselves in being dog-friendly. Dog-friendly Activities Dexter’s Deli photo: Dexter’s Deli Visit Dexter’s Deli in North Park, Del Mar, or Carlsbad for all your pup’s shopping. Voted America’s Coolest Stores 2020 by PETS+, Dexter’s Deli offers the best in natural food, healthy treats, fun toys, and more. Our favorite treats are locally made birthday dog cakes, mini-cakes, and cupcakes. North Park – 3773 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 Del Mar – 1229 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014 Carlsbad -2508 El Camino Real B-2, Carlsbad, CA 92008 SUP Pups California photo: SUP Pups California Learn how to paddleboard with your dog with SUP Pups California, located in Liberty station behind the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. Instructor Samantha will teach you the basics and safety guidelines to paddle with your dog on a one-hour tour. Treats, photos, and water provided with the lesson tour. 2592 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106 Eco Boat Rentals photo: Eco Boat Rentals Choose a water activity with your pup at Eco Boat Rentals, located in San Diego Bay next to Point Loma Seafoods Restaurant. Eco Boat Rentals is the best dog-friendly activity as they’ve hosted more than 200 dogs in the last three months on their pedal boats. Spend the day with your pup on an eco pedal boat (capacity up to 4 people + pet). Eco Boat Rental offers different sizes of life vests for your dog, so you don’t have to worry about bringing one, and if it’s your dog’s first time in the water, feel the comfort that they’ll be safe in these boats. 2803 Emerson St. San Diego, CA 92106 Dog-friendly Restaurants, Breweries & Bar Lazy Dog Restaurant photo: Lazy Dog Restaurant Enjoy a lodge-chic vibe at the Lazy Dog Restaurant in Mission Valley. Ask for the Pup Menu and order your four-legged friend a delicious meal. Spend the day on the outdoor patio and enjoy a Lazy Dog’s weekend brunch item or seasonal recipe. 1202 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108 Mavericks Beach Club photo: Mavericks Beach Club Every first Wednesday of the month, Mavericks Beach Club hosts Wag Wednesdays. Enjoy drink specials, mutt menu for the pups, toys & treats, giveaways, and more! Mark your calendars and party every first Wednesday of the month in Pacific Beach. 860 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 92109 Encontro North Park photo: Encontro North Park Known for its weekend brunch and 22 beers on tap, Encontro North Park offers an inviting outdoor patio. Bring your fur friend with you and have them try one of 7 dog menu items! Our favorites are the puppuccino and peanut butter cheddar biscuits. 3001 University Ave #3001, San Diego, CA 92104 Societe Brewing Company photo: Societe Brewing Company Located in Kearny Mesa, Societe Brewing Company has an outside patio area perfect for your pup. Treat your dog to branded Societe merchandise, such as a collar, leash, and a portable water bowl, and enjoy a crafted beer. 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 Backyard Kitchen & Tap photo: Backyard Kitchen & Tap Drive over to Pacific Beach and visit Backyard Kitchen & Tap located just steps away from Cyrstal Pier. Treat your furry friend to home-made dog biscuits and items on the Doggie Menu. Post a picture of your pup on the patio and tag @backyard_pb for a chance to win a $50.00 BKYD gift card!  832 Garnet Ave. Pacific Beach, CA 92109 Fred’s Mexican Cafe photo: Fred’s Mexican Cafe Have a doggie date night at Fred’s Mexican Cafe in Old Town. Don’t leave your fur babies at home; bring them with you! As the only dog-friendly restaurant in Old Town, Fred’s Mexican Cafe has a Food For Frido menu. 2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110 Where would you take your pup first? Tell us in the comments.