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Sports and Recreation

Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego. From mountain biking excursions, surf lessons and high-flying gliders, to sailing, hiking and fishing, there’s always something exciting and thrilling to watch, do and discover.


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San Diego may be known as a relaxing, kick-off-your-shoes beach destination but the locals have a passion for sports and recreation that runs as deep as the Pacific. An ideal climate, 70 miles of coastline and diverse topography draw outdoor enthusiasts to San Diego year-round. Whether you’re looking for a heart-pounding mountain biking excursion, an active surf lesson or even an exhilarating high-flying glide above the cliffs, there’s always something exciting and thrilling to watch, do and discover in San Diego.


If watersports are on your vacation agenda, you’ll find plenty of options including sport fishing, sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, and surfing, to name a few.

Individual Sporting Activities

On land, enjoy gorgeous hikes in the backcountry and along the coast, rock climbing, golfing at over 90 courses, mountain biking, running along urban and rural routes and horseback riding. For a bird's eye perspective on the spectacular San Diego coastline, try your hand at paragliding or hang gliding from La Jolla's Gliderport or skydiving both indoor and out.

Spectator Sports

For spectator sports fans, there is plenty of cheering to do as San Diego's professional sports teams battle it out each season. Bolt up with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers as they do battle in the AFC West. Get your Major League Baseball fix with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, where ballpark food takes on a whole new meaning with some of San Diego’s favorite eateries and local craft beer on tap. Beyond the NFL and MLB, there are plenty of other spectator sports to enjoy, including international soccer tournaments, rugby games, surfing, action sports competitions, marathons and much more.

Browse the articles and listings below to discover San Diego's best spots for fishing, sailing, scuba diving, mountain biking and more!

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San Diego Chargers VS. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dec 4, 2016

In Week 13, the San Diego Chargers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Qualcomm Stadium.


2 Hour Private Sailing Tour for Up to 6 People

Sep 7, 2016 - ongoing

Experience sailing aboard a classic yacht on a 2-hour intimate tour of the San Diego Bay with an attentive Captain who will be catering to your party on this Private Sailing Tour for up to 6 passengers. Book now as seats fill up quick!


San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive 15K, 10K & 5K

Nov 24, 2016

Put your turkey in the oven, pack up the family and come and run or walk San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive that has 3 distances to choose from.


2 Hour Private Sunset Sail for Up to 6 People

Sep 7, 2016 - ongoing

Your Captain will be navigating the vessel on your private Sunset Sailing charter and will serve your every need.


Signature 2 Hour Sunset Sail

Sep 6, 2016 - ongoing

A Champagne Sunset Sailing Tour is the perfect way to end any day! Leave your worries behind as you sip champagne and Sail into the Sunset. Amazing views of contrasting colors as the day comes to a close and you Sail your worries away.


Running of the Turkeys 10K Trail Run

Nov 24, 2016

The Running of the Turkeys 10k Trail Run will take you through rolling hills of Penasquitos Canyon on wide dirt trails with a fun little water crossing.



Team Building

Humpday Special, all San Diegans save 10% off entire purchase!

Adventure RIB Rides
Valid: May 15 - ongoing

Spend your humpdays the right way by exploring off the San Diego Coastline! Enjoy a memorable experience with friends and family with Adventure RIB Whale Watching aboard an Authentic Navy SEAL RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat)!

Action Sports

Kids Play Free at Cheap Rentals

Cheap Rentals
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

One adult per two kids required. One adult over 25 required for entire party. Valid form of deposit is required. Rental period must not exceed one full day.


Kids Ride Free with Bike & Kayak Tours La Jolla

Bike & Kayak Tours, Inc. - La Jolla
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

Kids go free with the purchase of one adult full priced kayak tour or rental ticket for a single kayak, upgraded to a double kayak tour or rental for no additional cost. 1 child per kayak.

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