Whether you're a beginner or an old hat, San Diego has terrific waves for surfing. Lessons are available throughout the city, but the Pacific Beach Surf School
provides the wet suit, the board, and even chairs and umbrellas for your companions.
4150 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach 92109 Pacific Beach Surf Shop Website
The steady wind and sunny skies of San Diego make it ideal for sailing. Even if you've never sailed before, you can rent a boat with a skipper or take a sailing lesson on the bay. There are dozens of companies to choose from, but Seaforth Boat Rentals
has the largest selection.
Scuba Diving or snorkeling
Choose from an array of diving locations or earn your scuba certification. Even if you don't have time for a dive, you can rent snorkeling gear and explore La Jolla Cove
, or take a snorkeling tour from Scuba San Diego
Consider taking a guided kayak tour. San Diego Bike & Kayak Tours
specializes in ocean tours around the La Jolla Cove and its caves. Or just rent your own kayak.
2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla 92037 San Diego Bike & Kayak Tours Website
The oldest rock-climbing destination in the city is the Mission Trails Regional Park
, with over 150 lead and top-rope routes.
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail 92119 Mission Trails Regional Park Website
Flat trails along the ocean make for gentle rides, while the Cleveland National Forest
’s trails are more rugged and challenging. Or rent a bike downtown from the San Diego Bike Shop
619 C Street, Downtown 92101 San Diego Bike Shop Website
The cliffs overlooking the ocean in Torrey Pines
have been a proving grounds for motor-less flight since 1928. The sea breezes and elevated grounds make this location top notch for gliding. Take lessons, rent a paraglider or consider a tandem flight.
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla 92037 Torrey Pines Gliderport Website
Skateboarding or in-line skating
The city's skate parks have bowls, snakes and rail slides for hard-core in-line skaters. Other may prefer a more leisurely ride along the beach boardwalks. Both boards and skates can be rented from Cheap Rentals
3689 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach 92109 Cheap Rentals Website
The mild weather and clean air make San Diego a hiker’s paradise, with rugged mountains in one direction and cliffside beaches in the other. And just a hop, skip and a jump from La Jolla are the trails of the Torrey Pines State Reserve
12600 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla 92037 Mission Trails Regional Park Website
Some of the best-kept nets are located on the south end of Mission Beach
, where you can rent a volleyball nearby. Alternately, you might even be able to catch an impromptu game on the La Jolla campus of the University of California-San Diego. Mission Beach Volleyball Website