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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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Farmers Insurance Open

Jan 28 - Jan 31, 2021

The PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open is played annually at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open.

One of San Diego’s biggest events of the year returns January 28-31, 2021, at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course! As preparations continue for the 2021 Tournament, check out the Farmers Insurance Open website for updated information on what the event will look like.

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Premium Dinner Cruise

Dec 14, 2020 - ongoing

Join us on San Diego's finest dinner cruise for romantic dates and special occasions. Enjoy a gourmet three-course meal, and admire the San Diego waterfront views.

Highlights:
Complimentary glass of champagne
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San Diego Educational Whale Watching

Dec 14, 2020 - ongoing

Each year approximately 20,000 gray whales migrate from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California and back again. From December through April you can witness this amazing journey off the coast of San Diego on an educational whale watching excursion with Flagship Cruises & Events. Get a deeper understanding of the ocean ecosystem and real-time commentary on the whales, dolphins, sea lions and other sea creatures.

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Outdoor 360-degree viewing
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Onboard Snack Bar: food, drinks, and full bar
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Cruses: 1:30 to 5:00 PM

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