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.
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.
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.
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!
$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.
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)!
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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