California has wind and water in every shape and form. San Francisco Bay's Mach winds are legendary. So are the muscular winds off San Diego and Ventura. Just off Ventura, local sailors tuck into coves on Santa Cruz Island, wiling away the afternoon in a hammock before plucking (in season) the evening's lobster dinner off the bottom. California's interior is pocked with lakes made for sailing and windsurfing—from the vast spread of Shasta to the tidy confines of Bass Lake, where children maneuver Sunfish as adroitly as any America's Cup skipper. If you can't squeeze a sailboat into your suitcase, nearly every marina offers rentals, from ultralite J-24 racing sloops to 35-foot cruisers that sleep four. Don't know how to sail? Take lessons or let your chartered skipper manage matters, while you heft a cocktail and consider the full moon's reflection on the water.