Enjoying Land and Sea in San Diego

San Diego is known as an irresistible getaway destination for many reasons — our perfect weather and endless sunshine chief among them. And thanks to our varied topography (with beaches, hiking trails and even mountains just a stone’s throw away), there’s truly no end to all the ways locals and visitors alike can get out and enjoy the area. Here are some of our favorite ways to get out and enjoy both land and sea in San Diego.


San Diego by Land

San Diego enjoys a Mediterranean-style climate, meaning that the days are largely sunny, warm and dry the entire year. That makes getting out and enjoying the great outdoors a very easy prospect! Here are some of our favorite ways to do just that. 


San Diego is absolutely overflowing with green space, wooded areas, and beachfront. As a result, hikers will find no end of amazing trails to explore. Take a look at our previous post, “The Best Local Hikes For Beginners” for some great ideas on where to get started. 


San Diego is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. Whether you’re looking to explore shopping, dining or theme parks, or you’re just on the hunt for a sightseeing trek around our little slice of paradise, you can look forward to an easy ride. Some of our favorite places to head out on two wheels: the Mission & Pacific Beach boardwalks, Mission Trails Park, The Mission Bay Trail, or cruise the bay along Shelter Island’s loop


Given the fact that our weather is so consistently pleasant, many of San Diego’s unique attractions take advantage of open-air settings. Spots like The San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Belmont Park, Mission Beach Boardwalk and Balboa Park all offer an amazing experience in the sunshine and fresh air. Just remember to pack comfortable walking shoes!  


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Fans of all things cultural will always find much to love at San Diego’s many entertainment venues. On any given day, you’ll discover music, comedy, theater and more. Looking for a stunning outdoor venue to catch a live show this season? Check out our sister hotel’s waterfront venue, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. This year’s lineup includes performances by Ringo Starr, America, Chicago, REO Speedwagon and more!  


Are you an active athlete, or an avid fan? Either way, “America’s Finest City” has you covered. Whether you’re interested in checking out a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park (recently voted the #1 Ballpark in the US), playing a little beach volleyball, or even getting in a few rounds of golf, San Diego is the place to be. 


San Diego by Sea

As a coastal city, San Diego has come up with countless ways to get out and enjoy the water. Not only do we have the Pacific Ocean at the ready for endless ocean adventure, we also have stunning marinas and bays perfect for paddleboarding and more. Here are some of our favorite ways to get out on the water:


Channel your inner Superman as you shoot into the air, flip your way across the sky, and plunge into the water! Jetpack America offers guests all they’ll need to get up to speed before strapping in for the ride of a lifetime. 


The sandstone cliffs in La Jolla are one of the most popular coastal locations to kayak, offering kelp beds and sea caves to explore. Several local companies (like Disco Paddle Surf) offer guided tours, or the gear you need to strike out on your own. Summer and fall are the ideal times to paddle out, with warm temps and friendly sea life ready to welcome you. 


Be honest — you’ve always wanted to try it. And right here is the perfect place to give it a go. When you’re ready to join the ranks of the daredevils, head over to San Diego Parasailing Adventures. Or take a visit to the famous Torrey Pines Gliderport — well known as the premier location for paragliding, hang gliding and more.


“Hanging ten.” “Shooting the curl.” No matter what you want to call it, surfing is as SoCal as it gets. If you’ve got a yearning to learn, our friends at longtime Pacific Beach staple San Diego Surfing School can get you up to speed.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

If you think this is a beautiful city on land, you should see what’s beneath the waves! The experts at SCUBA San Diego can show you an underwater world you’ll have to see to believe. The most popular diving locations in San Diego include La Jolla Shores, Coronado Island and Point Loma. For more experienced divers: don’t forget to visit Wreck Alley — the site of the HMCS Yukon shipwreck that attracts divers from all over the world. 

Days is Your Home Base For Adventure

Ready to get out and explore all the city has to offer? Once you decide what you’d like to experience for yourself, take a look at our special offers, select your dates, and start your adventure here at Days!