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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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Supergirl Surf Pro

Jul 28 - Jul 30, 2017

The world’s top professional female surfers are back in Oceanside, CA for the 10th Supergirl Surf Pro, a 3-day event July 28-30, 2017. The weekend will be jam-packed with world-class competition that will have you on your toes and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and entertainment.

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Bike the Bay

Aug 27, 2017

Experience Bike the Bay, a scenic bayside ride, and also enjoy a rare opportunity to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

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Extreme Sailing Series

Oct 19 - Oct 22, 2017

Escape to San Diego to be part of the ultimate Stadium Racing championship, the Extreme Sailing Series™.

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41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside

Aug 19 - Aug 20, 2017

During the World Bodysurfing Championships, 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes.

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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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Free T-Shirt with Private Sail!

San Diego Sailing Tours
Valid: Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2017

Receive a Free T-Shirt when booking a Private Sail! T-Shirt delivered at time of sail.

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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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