San Diego isn’t just about lounging on the beach, soaking up the seemingly never-ending sunshine. In addition to relaxation, adventurous types can find plenty of exhilarating activities to get a racing heart. From the land to the sea, here are four ways to find some adventure in San Diego.
Paragliding from Torrey Pines
The cliffs by Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve provide the perfect jumping off point for a paragliding adventure. If you’re a paragliding novice you’ll be able to experience it tandem-style with a pro instructor who will “hang out” behind you and guide the contraption away from the cliffs above the sandy beach and glistening ocean waves. Hang gliding is also offered from Torrey Pines
Local Company that Offers Paragliding Excursions: Torrey Pines Gliderport
Scuba Diving in Coves and by Shipwrecks
You don’t need to head south the Caribbean or Hawaii to enjoy scuba diving if you’re in San Diego. Though you may want to invest in a thick wetsuit due to the colder water, you can find some scuba adventures right off the coast of San Diego. You won't even need a boat to get to one of San Diego’s top dive spots: the La Jolla Cove, where you can see seals and leopard sharks. Another adventurous San Diego dive location is off the coast of Point Loma where you can descend underneath the water to see Wreck Alley, a series of submerged ships located about a mile off of San Diego Bay.
Local Company That Offers Scuba Diving in San Diego: Scuba San Diego
Kayak Through Caves
In addition to being home to (friendly) sharks, the La Jolla Cove is adjacent to a series of caves, nestled within the side of the stark coastal rock jutting up from the sea. The best way to experience these caves is to kayak through them. Strap on your helmet and then paddle through the dimly lit caves to see stalactites and other mesmerizing rock formations.
Local Company That Offers Cave Kayak Tours: La Jolla Kayak
Hot Air Balloon Ride Over San Diego
Ok, it’s not going to involve speed, but if you’re even the tiniest bit scared of heights, a hot air balloon is most definitely adventurous. Hot air balloons often take off from Del Mar, just east of the I-5. Thanks to San Diego’s temperate weather, hot air balloon rides are offered year-round depending on factors such as precipitation and wind. Shortly after your hot air balloon takes off, you’ll get views of both the sparkling Pacific Ocean and the downtown skyline. As you ascend higher, you’ll be able to see even more San Diego County scenery, and on a clear day even take in views all the way to Mexico and Catalina Island.
Local Company That Offers Hot Air Balloon Rides: Sky's the Limit