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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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San Diego's Outdoor Sports Scene

Ride, Surf, Skate and More

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Set Sail in San Diego

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Where to Surf in San Diego

San Diego Surf Spots

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The Seven Best Inland Hikes

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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Morning 4 hour Marine Wildlife Tour With Breakfast

Jul 22, 2015 - ongoing

You will spend 2 hours sightseeing as you sail in and out of San Diego Bay. Find yourself sailing along the coast for another two full hours in search of blow spouts aboard your Whale and Dolphin Safari.

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San Diego Chargers VS. Oakland Raiders

Dec 18, 2016

The San Diego Chargers face the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Offers

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.

Action Sports

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Aegis Academy
Valid: May 11 - ongoing

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Action Sports

Military, Law Enforcement and First Responder Discounts

Aegis Academy
Valid: May 11 - ongoing

Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders can save 25% on all Day One Courses at Aegis Academy! Register at GovX, validate you affiliation and save!

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San Diego County's Waterfalls

Few natural features attract more notice

The smaller scale and often intimate settings of these San Diego County waterfalls make them every bit as beautiful as their larger cousins in other places.

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Hiking

The Seven Best Inland Hikes

Panoramic views, oak woodlands, and pastoral valleys

As you move east from San Diego's coast, the landscape takes a turn for the rugged. These seven hikes feature the best characteristics of the inland area.

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Scuba & Snorkel

Getting Certified to Scuba Dive

Anyone can put a mask on and go snorkeling, but to really get down and experience the undersea world firsthand, consider getting certified to SCUBA dive.

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Sportfishing in San Diego

From half-day to multi-day excursions

With the Pacific Ocean as its front yard, San Diego is a Sportfishing paradise!

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