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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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Summer Fishing Season - Catalina Island

May 7 - ongoing

Catalina Island and its legendary fishing banks and reefs are the destination, and fishing is fast and furious, with large gamefish a plenty, and hundreds of fish per trip the norm. Spring sees warmer water temperatures return to Catalina Island triggering many species of gamefish to become much more aggressive. Live bait is a most popular technique and bait fish are often chummed or thrown into the water to attract fish. Fish can be seen jumping around the ship and boiling on bait fish. This is a very exciting fishing style with non-stop action and it is recommended to bring a good assortment of hooks as there will be some bite-offs on bigger fish.

Davey's Locker Sportfishing offers 3/4 day trips during the spring/summer fishing season to fish Catalina Island daily. 

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50% off before 10am and after 4pm weekdays, and 20% off on weekends.  Offer expirese December 31st 2021

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Save $200 Off Private Deep Sea Fishing Ship Rental

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Flagship Cruises & Events
Valid: Aug 2 - ongoing

Save $5 and hop aboard a Flagship luxury yacht to have an amazing San Diego brunch cruise experience. Use Coupon Code at Checkout: SDTABRUNCH5

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