1. Horseback Riding

prac_info 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.

2. Hiking

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.

3. Cycling

prac_info 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.


Cycling in the sunshine

4. Sailing and Boating

prac_info 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.


Sailors enjoying the calm waters

5. Surfing

prac_info 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.

6. Swimming

prac_info 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.

7. Sportfishing

prac_info 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.

8. Golfing

prac_info 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.


A team of golfers at a sand trap

9. Diving

prac_info 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.

10. Skateboarding

prac_info 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.


1. Rodeos

Catch professional rodeo action at Lakeside, Poway, and Ramona.

2. San Diego Padres

prac_info 100 Park Blvd • 619 795 5000

Petco Park hosts the National League Padres’ baseball team.

3. San Diego State University Aztecs

Take the San Diego Trolley out to Qualcomm Stadium.

4. San Diego Gulls Ice Hockey

prac_info 3500 Sports Arena Blvd • 619 224 4625

The San Diego Gulls play in the ECHL Premier AA Hockey League.

5. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

prac_info 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar • 858 755 1141

Celebrities and horseracing fans head here to watch the thoroughbreds racing.

6. Hang gliding/Paragliding

Keen hang gliders and paragliders take off from the high ocean cliffs located north of La Jolla.

7. San Diego Polo Club

prac_info 14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe • 858 481 9217 • Adm

Attend polo matches on Sundays.

8. Golf

Watch the annual golf tournaments at Torrey Pines and La Costa.

9. Mission Bay Park

Mission Bay hosts many boating events.

10. San Diego Chargers

prac_info 619 280 2121

Catch this American Football Conference team playing at Qualcomm Stadium.


San Diego Chargers

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