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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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Fall in San Diego


San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 29, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.


Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

Nov 11 - Dec 4, 2016

Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.


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.


Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K

Nov 13, 2016

Run, Walk, Skate, Roll, ElliptiGO during the Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right.


Coronado 5K Turkey Trot

Nov 24, 2016

Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary for our 5k Turkey Trot benefit the Rady Pediatric Genomic and Systems Medicine Institute.


Father Joe's Villages Annual Thanksgiving 5k

Nov 24, 2016

San Diego's original and longest-standing Thanksgiving Day run. Join over 7,500 participants and spectators for one of the most family-oriented holiday traditions! Proceeds from this event will go towards feeding our homeless neighbors in need. Get 10% off your registration: Use promo code SDTA10.




10% off for AAA members

San Diego Sailing Tours
Valid: Jul 29, 2016 - ongoing

If you are an AAA member, we have a discount for you! Just show us your membership card upon booking and we will honor the 10% off!


$2 Off Pelly's Mini Golf

Del Mar Fairgrounds 22nd DAA
Valid: Jan 1 - ongoing

$2 Off your admission to either 18-hole course at Pelly's Mini Golf.


Kids Ride Free with San Diego Speed Boat Adventures

San Diego Speed Boat Adventures, Inc
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

1 kid rides free with paid adult on a San Diego Speed Boat Adventures tour.

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