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Sports & Recreation

Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego

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The Inside Scoop on Outdoor Fun

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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CONCACAF Gold Cup

Jul 9, 2017

On Sunday, July 9th, San Diego will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C's opening round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium.

Mexico vs. El Salvador

With a history dating back to 1935, Mexico and El Salvador have one of Central America's most storied rivalries in the region. However, after meeting and facing defeat against Mexico twice in Gold Cup history, in 2002 and 2011, El Salvador will look to their rejuvenated team and experienced coach to get Gold Cup revenge on their opponents, in what would be a stunning upset.

Curacao vs. Jamaica

The Caribbean nation of Curacao, in its first-ever Gold Cup appearance, will open the San Diego doubleheader against 2015 Gold Cup finalist Jamaica, in what will be a historic match-up between two Caribbean teams that will showcase the spirit of the countries and the passion for the game in the region.

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Supergirl Pro

Jul 28 - Jul 30, 2017

Join thousands of fans to watch more than 100 of world's best female surfers compete and be a part of the Supergirl Pro Festival Village!

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2017 Annual Over The Line Tourney

Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2017

San Diego's beach softball Over the Line Tournament is played by men and women into their 80's and is one of the last pure Southern California traditions.

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4th of July Celebrations in Coronado

Jul 4, 2017

Coronado's popular annual Independence Day activities a parade, Art-in-the-Park, a concerts in the park, and a fireworks display over Glorietta Bay.

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10% off for Military!

Mission Bay Sport Center
Valid: May 4, 2017 - ongoing

10% off for all active duty and retired military all day every day at MBSC. Just bring your military ID and have a great time on the water! 

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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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$16 Blue Whale Watching Cruise - Summer 2017

Newport Landing Whale Watching
Valid: Jun 1 - ongoing

Save 55% off the regular price and view giant blue whales, finback whales, humpback whales and more during a Blue Whale Watching Summer Cruise. Departing from beautiful Newport Beach located between...

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