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Southern California offers some great options for spending a day on the water. You can rent everything from jet skis to kayaks. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend those ridiculously hot summer days, try these places for boat and jet ski rentals. 
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(credit: Dana Wharf Fishing)


Dana Wharf
34675 Golden Lantern St.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(888) 224-0603
danawharf.com

Dana Wharf has your boat fix no matter what you’re looking to do. The boats here can be chartered for whale watching, or just for a private use. You can also rent them for sportfishing. This option is good for both friends and kids. Your friends will be particularly interested in trying to catch something out of the ocean. On the flip side, the sportfishing option is also good for kids — not just for the sport, but also because kids are more likely to eat something if they had a hand in preparing it.

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Dana Point Jet Ski And Kayak Center
34671 Puerto Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 661-4947
www.danapointjetski.com

Dana Point Jet Ski has just about everything you could want to enjoy a day on the water. Here, you’ll find 1500cc jet skis that you can rent by the hour. The rates for the jet skis vary depending on the day and time. The jet skis may be what interests you most, but this place also has other options like kayak and surfboard rentals. Frankly, if you want to spend a day on the water, you can find it here.

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Duffy Of Newport Beach
2001 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-6812
www.duffyofnewportbeach.com

It’s understandable if you want to get out on the water here in Southern California. However, if you want to get on the water, but don’t have a lot of boating expertise, then Duffy is a good place for you. These electric boats are perfect for whiling away an afternoon with friends. The boats are available by the hour, and can accommodate 10 to 12 adults. This is a particularly good place to rent boats if you have friends visiting from elsewhere and you just want to spend the afternoon leisurely cruising Newport Harbor.

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Boat Rentals Newport Beach
670 Lido Park Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 404-0806
boatrentalsnewportbeach.com

One of the great things about Southern California is that you have a lot of options for whiling away an afternoon. If you’d like to spend a leisurely afternoon on the water in Newport Harbor, this is a great place to visit. Here, you’ll find 21 and 23-foot pontoon boats to rent. There is plenty of room not only for your family, but also for your pet on these boats. Whether you’re with friends or family, you’ll have a great day cruising Newport Harbor in one of these boats.

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(credit: Lissy B./Yelp)


Marina Boat Rentals
600 E. Bay Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 673-3372
newportbeachboatrentals.com

Marina Boat Rentals has two different kinds of boats to rent. You can either rent a runabout or a fishing boat. The runabout accommodates as many as five adults and is great for cruising the harbor. You can also rent a fishing boat here for as much as eight hours. The fishing boat is a great option for going out on the water with some friends. The fishing boats are equipped with all the amenities from fish finders to a bait tank and rod holders. If you want a good day of fishing, this place is a good option.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.