Chances are if you’re planning a trip to San Diego, our amazing climate factors into that decision at least partially. And while we do live up to our SoCal surfer reputation, we enjoy about 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and find plenty of non-surfing related ways to get our daily dose of vitamin D. Here are my favorite ways to get outside and active in SD:
1. Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines State Reserve offers one of the most stunning views of the Pacific anywhere in California. It’s a favorite spot for running, hiking, and cycling for us locals but we certainly don’t mind sharing this spectacular scenery.
2. Del Mar
In Del Mar, hot air ballooning isn’t just for hackneyed marriage proposals and over-the-top first dates, it’s a great day out for friends and family alike. Think about it: you get to hover over the edge of the world in a giant basket and steer using fire. If that’s not cool enough for you, one company will send you up in a giant panda balloon. What could be more San Diego than that?
Cabrillo Monument in Point Loma has challenging hikes, leisurely strolls and everything in between. Plus there are tide pools, 300 native plant species and awe-inspiring views of the city and coastline. What more could you ask for in a day of seaside exploration?
4. La Jolla Sea Kayaking
Sea kayaking the La Jolla cove is one of the most memorable experiences you’re likely to have. Not only are the caves themselves fascinating to explore, your chances of making friends with sea lions is always pretty high here. Check out this video for a sample of what you can expect on your kayak excursion.
5. Morley Field
Located in beautiful Balboa Park, Morley Field is one of the best disc golf courses in the country. Never played disc golf? Not a problem. At $4 to play and all equipment available to rent on site, there’s no excuse not to give it a shot.