- Head pilots have over 30 years experience flying hot air balloons
- Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and coastal bluffs surrounding Del Mar
- Champagne and sparkling cider are served aloft during your flight
- Embrace the serenity of flight as you glide effortlessly 1,500 feet above the ground
Enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the coastal bluffs surrounding Del Mar and of course, a wonderful sunset on this romantic sunset balloon flight.
Relax with your champagne, or sparkling cider, as you float by the lush setting of the estate homes of Rancho Santa Fe amidst a glowing, peaceful sunset.
View the mountains bordering the Borrego Desert to the east, and on an especially clear day, the Coronado Islands to the south.
Enjoy an inspiring adventure filled with beautiful sweeping vistas and sky sailing fun that will make for lifelong memories.
- Participants must be at least 7 years of age and be able to safely climb in and out of the balloon
- Participants must weigh less than 300 lbs
- Due to safety precautions, this experience is not available if you are pregnant.
3-4 hours total with approximately 1 hour of flight time.
6 to 14 passengers per balloon depending on overall weight and balloon type.
This experience is weather dependent. In the event your experience is cancelled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear casual outdoor active wear, and a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Closed toe shoes are required, high heels are not allowed. Because the balloon burners radiate heat, we recommend that if you are over 6 feet tall that you wear a hat or a cap. In the cooler months, we suggest bringing gloves.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance. However, last minute requests will be taken based on availability.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 5 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 5 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is cancelled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.
Is it safe?
Your experience provider has built their entire reputation on providing you with the adventure of your life. Since 1977 their pilots, staff, and crew have been extensively trained. They employ rigid company practices that go beyond those required by law.
What should I wear?
Recommended attire is casual outdoor active wear, and a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Comfortable shoes are suggested (no high heels). Because the balloon burners radiate heat, we recommend that if you are over six feet tall that you wear a hat or a cap. In the cooler months you can bring some gloves to wear.
What should I bring?
You will want to bring a camera and/or video camera to capture the experience. It is recommended you leave all other personal possessions safely locked in your car.
What about bad weather?
Weather is an important factor in ballooning. We ask that you call your pilot the night before your flight for a final weather confirmation. If your flight is cancelled because of weather conditions, you can reschedule for a future date. You usually will be able to fly the following day. It is highly recommended that you keep a couple of optional days in mind when making your balloon ride booking request, just in case there is a weather cancellation.
How long will my adventure last?
From the time you leave your car until the time you return to your car, the time involved is usually 3 to 3.5 hours. This includes driving to the launch site, watching the inflation of the balloon (a great photo opportunity), the balloon ride itself, and the celebration upon landing. You will also receive a photo flight certificate signed by your pilot that commemorates your ballooning adventure! At the end of the experience you will be driven back to the meeting location.
How many people will fit and are there any size or weight restrictions?
It depends on the number of reservations for your selected date. The experience provider has a variety of colorful balloons. The smallest accommodates 6-8 passengers, and the largest accommodates 14 passengers. All baskets are large, European design, and partitioned to give each passenger maximum comfort and visibility. For safety reasons, the weight limit per person is 300 lbs.
How high will we go?
When you are aloft in the balloon you will be around 1,500 feet above the earth, and that's what makes those views so fantastic!
How far will we travel?
The average distance that you will travel in the balloon is 3-7 miles, depending on winds.
Will I experience motion sickness?
There is no turbulence, sway or keel in a hot air balloon. However, if you are especially sensitive to motion, medication should be effective.
Can I steer the balloon?
A balloon moves with the wind, at the same speed and in the same direction. So no you cannot steer in the traditional sense. However, "steering" is done by ascending or descending into the wind layers to move your course from one heading or direction to another based on the winds available on a given day.
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"I would highly recommend this balloon ride experience! It is such a wonderful way to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. The experience takes you to the top of the world! "
"We're always looking for something new to do. Standing in a wicker basket 6,200 feet in the air with nothing but a balloon over us is not something we had ever done before. The setup was cool to watch, the guys were engaging to talk to, and lifting off the ground was awesome. We went down for my boys' birthday (turned 17 and 14). The time we had was awesome and the view from our sunset tour was amazing. Seeing the other balloons in the air with us was really neat too. I would definitely do it again and have recommended this company to friends already."