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SD’s Best Outdoor Activities

May 27, 2017

When it comes to outdoor activities, San Diego has it all. With sunny skies and temperate climates almost all year round, you’ll be itching to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

 

HIKING

There are many great hikes around the San Diego area. If you don’t have all day to devote to a hike, I would definitely recommend the trails at the Torrey Pines State Park to be at the top of your list.

 

 

Other great hikes are Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson, Cowles Mountain, and Three Sisters Falls.

 

Check out my post on a guide to hiking Three Sisters Falls!

 

PADDLEBOARDING

There are many locations to paddle board, but I would recommend Mission Bay as a favorite. If you don’t have your own paddleboard, renting and lessons are available through companies such as The SUP Connection and OEX Point Loma.

 

 

SURFING

It seems like just about everyone surfs in San Diego. There are surf schools along Mission Beach and Pacific Beach for lessons and rentals. Just be sure to wear a wetsuit…the water’s freezing!

 

 

 

FREE OUTDOOR YOGA

I love doing the outdoor yoga overlooking Pacific Beach! It meets at Palisades Park every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. The yoga class is “free”, however I’d recommend making a $5 donation.

 

 

Sunset Cliffs Yoga is also amazing! Meeting every Wednesday at 5:30pm and Friday at 11am, come get a great workout with a spectacular seaside view!

 

 

BIKE THE PB BOARDWALK

Head to Pacific Beach for a beautiful ocean-view bike ride! Between Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, there are 3 miles of lively boardwalk available for a sunny bike ride.

 

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HARBOR CRUISE

Take a tour of San Diego’s waterfront and bay aboard the popular Hornblower or Flagship cruises. You can do anything from one-hour harbor cruises, to dining cruises, or even whale watching cruises.

 

 

 

TRAIL RUNNING

Forget about a treadmill, in San Diego there’s no excuse not to enjoy the scenic trails. With temperate climates nearly all year round and breathtaking trails and views, going for an afternoon jog has never been easier.

 

Penasquitos Canyon Trail

 

The best spots in San Diego are Sunset Cliffs, Torrey Pines, Tecolote Canyon, and Penasquitos Canyon Trail.

 

Sunset Cliffs

 

HANG GLIDING/ PARAGLIDING

At the Torrey Pines Gliderport, paragliding and hang gliding has never been more scenic. You can fly tandem, or even earn your wings and get certified.

 

 

SEA KAYAKING

At La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks you can take a tour around the beautiful La Jolla Shores. You’re likely to see the sea lions, leopard sharks, and of course…the caves!

 

 

SAILING

Sun, sea, and sailing…I ask you, is there anything better? Set sail on the Pacific Ocean with the many sailing tours available. The options are endless! You can book a full day, half day, 2 hour, sunset, private or group tour. If you get seasick, its best to bring some ginger pills along for the ride. 🙂

 

 

TEMECULA HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

Who wouldn’t want a hot air balloon ride over Temecula wine country?! There are many companies available to provide a beautiful ride over the vineyards. Just remember to bundle up; those sunrise tours can be chilly!

 

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THE PARKS

There are so many beautiful parks in San Diego where you can relax and enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun.

 

Mission Bay Park is one of the most popular spots to just be outside and enjoy the gorgeous San Diego sun. The options are endless here, you can have a picnic or bonfire, bike or run along the pathway, go paddle boarding, play volleyball, or even sail…it has it all!

 

 

Balboa Park is another gorgeous area to explore with a plethora of museums, parks, beautiful Spanish architecture, and gardens everywhere.

 

 

The park at La Jolla Cove also can’t go without mentioning as it’s another super popular spot. There’s a large park for picnicking and its where you can get up close and personal to the many seals and sea lions that sunbath on the rocky shores.

 

 

 

 

Over to you! What’s your favorite outdoor activitiy?

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Tiffany Nicole

Tiffany Nicole

Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

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