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Get out and play

Sports & Recreation

Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego

Photo By Aaron Chang

It's time to get out and play!

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.

Watersports

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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The Seven Best Inland Hikes

Panoramic views, oak woodlands, and pastoral valleys

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Farmers Insurance Open

The annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open men's golf tournament played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course returns to La Jolla on January 26-29, 2017.

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Farmers Insurance Open 2017

Jan 26 - Jan 29, 2017

The annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open men's golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open.

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San Diego Crew Classic

Apr 1 - Apr 2, 2017

Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego. Established in 1973, for many rowers, the Crew Classic is the highlight of their competitive rowing careers and a competition for future Olympians, as well as for those new to the sport. Ranging in age from 14 to 84, rowers compete each year in over 100 races in various divisions. The master level (over age 21) is the fastest growing segment of the sport. Many master rowers are novice rowers, while others are reliving their college and club experiences.

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World Baseball Classic

Mar 14 - Mar 19, 2017

The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic include San Diego! The Padres' Petco Park will host second-round games from March 14-19, 2017.

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Monster Jam

Feb 18, 2017

Monster JamĀ® is one of the world's largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks.

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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.

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Oceanside Harbor Wine Cruise

Feb 4, 2017

Join us for a 90 minute evening cruise aboard the luxurious Oceanside Adventures Catamaran through beautiful Oceanside Harbor. The cruise includes appetizer platter and 3 wine tastes from Beach House Winery. $39 per adult.  Beach House Wine Club members save $4 per person at check-in. Free Parking. 21 and over.

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$16 Gray Whale Watching Cruise Special

Newport Landing Whale Watching
Valid: Jan 17 - ongoing

The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport Beach coastline from the summer feeding...

Fishing

Kid's Free Whale Watching Cruise Special (Save $32)

Davey's Locker Whale Watching & Sportsfishing
Valid: Jan 17 - ongoing

Enjoy this great special with "free kids whale watching cruise" and combine with other offers to make for a very affordable experience for the whole family.

Fishing

$49 Catalina Island Deep Sea Fishing Trip

Davey's Locker Whale Watching & Sportsfishing
Valid: Jan 17 - ongoing

Enjoy this great special for a full day of deep sea fishing around Catalina Island. Departing at 7:00 AM returning around 5:00 PM, from Newport Beach. Full day deep sea fishing trips are offered daily...

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Local Golf Courses Designed by Top Golf Architects

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