Happy Trails: 2180 Monument Rd; 619 947 3152; www.ponylandsandiego.com
Guided horseback rides are available on trails, through parks, and on the beach. The South Bay area offers the only beach where you can take an exhilarating ride on the sand and in the waves. There are also pony rides for children, hayrides, and romantic carriage rides.
Hiking is available in every environment imaginable. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and Mission Trails Regional Park offer trails of varying difficulty through their canyons and valleys; the trails of Torrey Pines State Reserve and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve pass near the ocean. The San Diego Natural History Museum hosts guided nature tours.
Bikes & Beyond: 1201 1st St, Coronado; 619 435 7180 • iCommute: dial 511 and say “iCommute”; www.icommutesd.com
With over 300 miles (483 km) of bikeways, San Diego is a very cycle-friendly city. iCommute’s map details bike rides around the city and county, and is available online.
Seaforth Boat Rentals: 1641 Quivira Rd, Mission Bay; 888 834 2628
Whether at Mission Bay or the Pacific Ocean, you’re bound to see something that floats. Sailing enthusiasts can rent almost any type of boat, some complete with a crew, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres.
San Diego Surfing Academy: 800 447 7873
San Diego’s beaches are famous for surfing. The months with the strongest swells are in late summer and fall, ideally under offshore wind conditions. Designated surfing areas can be found at every beach.
The Plunge: 3115 Ocean Front Walk; 858 228 9300; adm
Nothing beats an ocean dip, though the temperatures seldom exceed 70° F (21° C) even in the summer. Alternatively, most hotels have pools. The Plunge at the Wave House Athletic Club at Mission Beach is a great public pool.
Seaforth Sportsfishing: 1717 Quivira Rd, Mission Bay; 619 224 3383
Albacore, yellowfin, and dorado are just some of the fish in the offshore waters. Summer and fall are the best months, and half-, full-, and multiple-day trips are all available. A fishing license is not required to fish off the public piers.
San Diego CVB: 619 236 1212; www.sandiego.org
With San Diego’s perfect climate and amazing views, over 90 public courses and resort hotels offer some of the best golfing in the country. Tee times may be hard to get, so reserve early. The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has a golf guide.
San Diego Ocean Enterprises: 7710 Balboa Ave; 858 565 6054
The best spots for diving off the coast are the giant kelp forests of Point Loma and the La Jolla Underwater Ecological Reserve. Common sealife includes lobsters and garibaldi – the official state marine fish.
Cheap Rentals: 3689 Mission Blvd; 858 488 9070; www.cheap-rentals.com
Mission Bay and Pacific Beach are the best areas to enjoy the miles of pathway shared by rollerbladers and joggers. Some areas prohibit skating, so watch out for the signs.
Catch professional rodeo action at Lakeside, Poway, and Ramona.
100 Park Blvd • 619 795 5000
Petco Park hosts the National League Padres’ baseball team.
Take the San Diego Trolley out to Qualcomm Stadium.
3500 Sports Arena Blvd • 619 224 4625
The San Diego Gulls play in the ECHL Premier AA Hockey League.
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar • 858 755 1141
Celebrities and horseracing fans head here to watch the thoroughbreds racing.
Keen hang gliders and paragliders take off from the high ocean cliffs located north of La Jolla.
14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe • 858 481 9217 • Adm
Attend polo matches on Sundays.
Watch the annual golf tournaments at Torrey Pines and La Costa.
Mission Bay hosts many boating events.
619 280 2121
Catch this American Football Conference team playing at Qualcomm Stadium.