Where to Fly a Drone in San Diego

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It's often challenging to find a legal, safe, and visually interesting location to fly your drone, especially in a densely populated area with one or more airports.

After a round of comprehensive research, our team compiled a list of where to fly a drone in San Diego . We also have this list of drone laws in California that might be helpful.

Where do you like to fly your drone in San Diego? We welcome your comments/experiences below.

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I like to fly at the northern end of Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. Most of the island is in the Lindbergh Field restricted area, but the northern 1/2 mile is unrestricted. It includes sections of Mission Bay near Bayfront Park, shoreline on 3 sides of the island, and wild sandy areas in the interior of the island. 

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Hi! Thank you for this post. I am a new drone operator (magic mini) and trying to learn all I can about the laws in my area. Today I was flying over the water in Solana beach and was told by the life guard it wasn’t allowed. However, I didn’t see that listed on the state website and all my precheck apps gave me a green light to fly. Are there any beaches that you can legally fly over in San Diego? My specific interest is capturing waves and surfers so I don’t  plan to fly over crowds. Thanks ahead of time for any help you can provide!❤️

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On 6/6/2020 at 4:57 PM, BDowell said:

Are there any beaches that you can legally fly over in San Diego? 

You can fly over all beaches in SD, including Solana Beach.  No city, county or state is authorized to regulate air space, they can only regulate the land on government owned property, specifically, where you operate (launch & land) a drone.

Solana Beach municipal code doesn't regulate much in the way of drones...
7.34.060 Powered model vehicles. It is unlawful for any person to operate any powered model vehicle except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and then only in such a manner so as not to emit noise in excess of those levels set forth in SBMC 7.34.040; however, if powered model vehicles are operated in public parks at a point more than 100 feet from the property line, the noise level shall be determined at a distance of 100 feet from the noise source instead of at the property line, and noises from powered

Here's my Mavic Air 2 over Imperial Beach...



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