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Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego

 

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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. Bolt up with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers as they do battle in the AFC West. 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 NFL and MLB, there are plenty of other spectator sports to enjoy, including international soccer tournaments, 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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Panoramic views, oak woodlands, and pastoral valleys

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Fall in San Diego

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San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Dec 21, 2016

The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl delivers exciting football action and spectacular pageantry. Each year a top team from the Mountain West Conference takes on a quality opponent. This year it's the BYU Cougars!

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National Funding Holiday Bowl

Dec 27, 2016

Don't miss America's Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football's most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12. Last year the Wisconsin Badgers took down the USC Trojans 23-21. Don't miss the pageantry, excitement and football thrills this year!

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Farmers Insurance Open 2017

Jan 26 - Jan 29, 2017

The annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open men's golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open.

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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 29, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.

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Patriot Jet Boat Whale Watching

Dec 17, 2016 - ongoing

See the Whale in Half the Time!

Experience whale watching in our high speed jet boat, the Patriot. Zip across the water propelled by two 1,400 horsepower jet engines. You'll reach the whales faster than any ship in San Diego. And the open-air seating puts you closer to the water. The waters are thriving with not only gray whales but humpback whales, fin whales, pacific white-sided dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and other surprises.

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Bumble Bee Seafoods 5k Run/Walk

Dec 27, 2016

The 22nd annual Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K at the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade will take place along San Diego's beautiful harbor front, starting on the corner of Harbor Drive and Ash St. and finishing near Ruocco Park. Athletes will run past 100,000 cheering spectators. Runners, families and spectators can watch the remainder of the parade that features colorful floats, bands and huge inflatable characters. Awards are three deep in all divisions.

A colorful short sleeve, tech t-shirt will be given to all adult participants, and cotton t-shirts will be given to youth participants.

Bumble Bee Seafoods is pleased to once again present the Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K at the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade and join our community in an event that promotes health, wellness and San Diego FUN!

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Offers

Boating

$5 off Whale Watching Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Valid: Dec 10, 2016 - ongoing

$5 off Whale & Dolphin Watching with Hornblower Cruises. Hornblower offers large comfortable Whale Watching boats with live narration from San Diego Natural History Museum's trained naturalists and education about famous landmarks and history.

Team Building

Humpday Special, all San Diegans save 10% off entire purchase!

Adventure RIB Rides
Valid: May 15 - ongoing

Spend your humpdays the right way by exploring off the San Diego Coastline! Enjoy a memorable experience with friends and family with Adventure RIB Whale Watching aboard an Authentic Navy SEAL RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat)!

Boating

$15 Fall Blue Whale Watching Cruise Special

Newport Landing Whale Watching
Valid: Sep 23 - Dec 20, 2016

Enjoy this special $15 whale watching cruise offer on any of our 2.5 hour whale watching cruises. Departing from beautiful Newport Beach.

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Ready to surf San Diego-style? Check out some of our local tips and information to help you get into the surf effortlessly.

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Golf

San Diego's Golf Landscape

Never Better!

You can vacation in San Diego year after year and not play the same golf course twice. From a family outing to a corporate golf event or just a day alone on the links, you'll find the perfect course for you.

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San Diego East - Golf Courses

Scenic settings of foothills, valleys and wetlands

San Diego's East County offers several outstanding golf courses in scenic settings that roll through country foothills and valleys or wind through scenic wetlands.

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San Diego Golf Courses

The Sweet Spot for Golf

With more than 90 golf courses in every conceivable setting from mountains to desert to ocean, it's no wonder Golf Digest named San Diego one of the Top 50 golf destinations in the world. 

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