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Get out and play

Sports & Recreation

Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego

Photo By Aaron Chang

It's time to get out and play!

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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Farmers Insurance Open

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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 Crew Classic

Apr 1 - Apr 2, 2017

Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego. Established in 1973, for many rowers, the Crew Classic is the highlight of their competitive rowing careers and a competition for future Olympians, as well as for those new to the sport. Ranging in age from 14 to 84, rowers compete each year in over 100 races in various divisions. The master level (over age 21) is the fastest growing segment of the sport. Many master rowers are novice rowers, while others are reliving their college and club experiences.

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World Baseball Classic

Mar 14 - Mar 19, 2017

The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic include San Diego! The Padres' Petco Park will host second-round games from March 14-19, 2017.

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Five Hour Coastal & Island Nature Cruise

Dec 16, 2016 - ongoing

Mexico's wildlife sanctuary at the Coronado Islands, just 14 miles from San Diego, provides a spectacular environment for whale watching and wildlife observation, including dolphins, seals, sea lions, kelp forests, up to 80 varieties of sea birds and one of the only two elephant seal rookeries within 300 miles. Learn more about life on the islands - the famous "rum-running" days, the old casino, Dead Man's Island and more.

All trips include informative narration on whales, their migration and the other marine life and sights you will see on your cruise. H&M's fleet of whale-watching vessels are built for the open sea. Spacious, safe and comfortable, our vessels provide outdoor and indoor seating, galley lounges with hot food and beverage service.

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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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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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$16 Gray Whale Watching Cruise Special

Newport Landing Whale Watching
Valid: Jan 17 - ongoing

The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport Beach coastline from the summer feeding...

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$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...

Tours & Sightseeing

$5 off Narrated Harbor Tours

Flagship Cruises & Events
Valid: Dec 19, 2016 - ongoing

Save $5 on any narrated 1 or 2 hour harbor tour. Good for up to six (6) full fare adult tickets.

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