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Sports and Recreation

Outdoor adventure is a year round pursuit in San Diego. From mountain biking excursions, surf lessons and high-flying gliders, to sailing, hiking and fishing, there’s always something exciting and thrilling to watch, do and discover.


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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.


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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Fall in San Diego


Waddle and Trot 5K and Kid's Fun Run

Nov 24, 2016

Join in the annual Waddle & Trot 5K and Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to explore Santee Lakes by foot!


Half Day Private Sailing Tour for Up to 6 People

Sep 7, 2016 - ongoing

This private sailboat cruise allows up to 6 guests to enjoy the sailboat all to themselves. With a Captain at the helm, serving you and your guests’ every need, you can be assured a memorable experience aboard your own private sailboat charter.


2 Hour Private Daytime Sailing Tour for 2

Sep 6, 2016 - ongoing

Experience sailing aboard a classic yacht on a 2-hour intimate tour of the San Diego Bay with an attentive Captain who will be catering to your every need.


Raptor Ridge Half Marathon

Oct 29, 2016

Raptor Ridge is an awesome trail racing experience. The first 4 miles and last 4 miles are flat as a pancake. Too bad Raptor Ridge is right in the middle!


Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Nov 24, 2016

Join the Fallbrook Village Rotary for a 5k Thanksgiving Turkey Trot through the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens and Los Jilgueros Preserve.


Celebration Run San Diego Half Marathon & 5K

Nov 6, 2016

Maybe it's a new job, good health or family and friends. Celebration Run is a premier Half Marathon & 10K that empowers each participant on his or her journey.




$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.


$2 Off Pelly's Mini Golf

Del Mar Fairgrounds 22nd DAA
Valid: Jan 1 - ongoing

$2 Off your admission to either 18-hole course at Pelly's Mini Golf.

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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