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Sports & Recreation

Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego

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Do Rad Stuff Outside

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. 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 MLB, there are plenty of other spectator sports to enjoy, including international soccer tournaments, indoor soccer, ice hockey, 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 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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Red Bull Air Race

Apr 15 - Apr 16, 2017

The Red Bull® Air Race World Championship makes a welcome return to San Diego on the 15-16 April 2017. Set on the Pacific coast of California the location provides the perfect backdrop for a race. San Diego last hosted a Red Bull Air Race back in 2009 and proved extremely popular with the fans that have often asked when the Air Race would return, well 2017 is the answer.

 

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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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2 Hour Private Daytime Sailing Tour for 2

Sep 6, 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 every need.

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Apr 1 - Apr 2, 2017
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2 Hour Private Daytime Sailing Tour for 2

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DISCOUNT FOR WHALE WATCHING

Adventure RIB Rides
Valid: Nov 28, 2016 - ongoing

Fun Whale Watching without the crowds. Truly an experience of a lifetime! Check us out on Trip Advisor, Yelp and Facebook if you don't believe us! :) Use code "MUST-DO" to save now! Discount : $5 OFF

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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!

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$13 Fall Blue Whale Watching Cruise Special

Newport Landing Whale Watching
Valid: Oct 1 - Dec 10, 2017

Enjoy this special $13 whale watching cruise offer on any of our 2.5 hour whale watching cruises. Departing from beautiful Newport Beach.

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