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Sports & Recreation

Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego

Photo By Aaron Chang

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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Cruise Ship Passengers Discount

San Diego Sailing Tours
Valid: Aug 13, 2018 - ongoing

Passengers on Cruise Ships with San Diego as a Port of Call can enjoy 10% off of their sailing excursion with San Diego Sailing Tours! Enjoy a private sailing tour of the San Diego Bay or join one of...

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20% Off Surfing or SUP Lessons

EverydayCalifornia.com
Valid: May 17 - ongoing

This offer allows 20% off any surfing or paddleboarding lesson that Everyday California offers. Promotion Code: SURFSUP must be used at checkout. We look forward to having you out on the water...

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50% OFF Any Tour and Rental Weekdays

Bike & Kayak Tours, Inc. - La Jolla
Valid: Mar 8 - ongoing

50% off before 10am and after 4pm weekdays, and 20% off on weekends.  Offer expirese December 31st 2019

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