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Three San Diego Beach Neighborhoods with Quintessential SoCal Vibes

Sunset Cliffs - Three San Diego Beach Cities with Quintessential SoCal Vibe

San Diego’s beaches are so inviting, you might never want to leave. And you don’t have to, because these beach neighborhoods of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach have it all. Amusement parks for the whole family, piers and beaches perfect for long strolls, and of course, sips and bites to enjoy with a fiery sunset—it’s all here, within earshot of the waves. Continue reading

Jennifer Davies

Workout in The World’s Most Beautiful Outdoor Gym – Balboa Park

Workout in The World's Most Beautiful Outdoor Gym - Balboa Park

San Diego’s Balboa Park isn’t just gorgeous, it’s also a great place to get in shape. The best part about Balboa Park – other than its jaw-dropping beauty – is the variety of exercise choices. There is something for everyone at every fitness level from leisurely strolls to some serious calorie-burning calisthenics. Here are just a few ways you can get your steps in and sweat on in Balboa Park – the world’s most beautiful outdoor gym. Continue reading

San Diego Magazine

The Surfer’s Tour of San Diego

Surf Guide to San Diego

As much as you might like to, no one can surf all day. But don’t worry, any surfer will still be stoked after leaving the water, because San Diego is a bastion of surf culture. Legendary surfboard shapers, historic breaks, cutting-edge surfboard manufacturing, and museums—San Diego has it all. Here’s your guide to keeping the stoke alive between sessions. Continue reading

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6 Fun Fitness Activities to Enjoy in San Diego

SUP Yoga - 6 Fun Fitness Activities to Enjoy in San Diego

Hikers, bikers, and yogis rejoice. Whether you’re trying to stay in shape during your vacation or just in the mood to try something new, in a fitness-focused town like San Diego, there’s surely something for everyone.

1. SUP Yoga

Get out of the studio and try SUP yoga. Short for stand-up paddleboard, SUP combines two of our favorite low-impact workouts, and you can’t beat that ocean breeze. Anchor your board and focus on balance, or get comfortable with getting wet. Stoked Yogi offers classes in Mission Bay and Carlsbad Lagoon, which you can book in advance. Near Mission Beach? Sign up for a Bliss Paddle Yoga class. Or set up a SUP Yoga workshop in San Diego or Mission bays with Paddle into Fitness.

2. Running

Running is the perfect vacation workout. Get your heart pumping and enjoy some of San Diego’s best scenery along the way. And really, all you need to pack is a pair of sneakers. So lace up those running shoes and hit the road. Check out these popular routes:

The Embarcadero
Check out relics from the city’s long maritime history, cruise ships, and yachts as you jog along San Diego Bay and perhaps take a detour through Waterfront Park or Seaport Village.

Mission Bay
This flat, nearly 12-mile loop takes you past stretches of gorgeous shoreline, Fiesta Island Park, the Bahia Resort, and two wildlife preserves.

Sunset Cliffs
Sunset Cliffs offers some of the best ocean views in town. This path will take you along the rocky cliffs from Ocean Beach to Sunset Cliffs Park. Not tired yet? Continue along the looping trails of Sunset Cliffs Park.

Lake Murray
Take this flat trail in La Mesa around the reservoir to the dam gate, then turn around and head back for a roughly 6-mile run.

Pacific Beach Boardwalk
Navigate your way through walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers on this paved oceanfront run. Or wait for low tide and run along the sand above the crashing waves.

3. Triathlon

San Diego is the birthplace of the modern triathlon, so if you’re up for the grueling run-swim-bike race, sign up for one of the many held at various locations around town. Check out what’s coming up in the San Diego Triathlon Series and others around San Diego County online.

4. Hiking

So many trails, so little time. Whether you’re seeking an adventure in the rolling mountains of East County or a cliff-side excursion high above the Pacific Ocean, trails in San Diego range from family-friendly beginner to expert-level terrain for the seasoned pro. Here are some of our San Diego favorites:

Cowles Mountain, Mission Trails Regional Park
The highest peak in San Diego
3 miles, moderate

Torrey Pines State Beach, La Jolla
Accessible off Torrey Pines Road
3 miles, moderate

Balboa Park
65 miles of trails, easy

Mount Woodson Trail, Poway
Accessible via state Route 67 and Mount Woodson Road. Get an Instagram shot at Potato Chip Rock!
6.4 miles, difficult

Pacific Crest Trail segment, Mount Laguna
Accessible via Sunrise Highway
4 miles, moderate

Palomar Observatory Trail, Cleveland National Forest
Off Canfield Road
4 miles, easy

The Slot, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
2 miles, easy

Stonewall Peak, Julian
Off state Route 79
4 miles, moderate

Three Sisters Falls, Cleveland National Forest
Accessible via Boulder Creek Road
4 miles, difficult

5. Biking

Whether on a mountain bike or beach cruiser, alone or in a group, there’s a ride here for you. With over 260 days of sunshine and hundreds of miles of trails, there’s no reason not to go for a spin. Rent a bike from SoCal Bike (328 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside), Pedego San Diego (900 Bayfront Court, downtown), or cruise around on a DecoBike, which can be picked up and returned to more than 180 stations around town. Look for green bike lanes throughout San Diego for a safe, protected lane for riding.

6. Kayaking

Tone those guns and explore San Diego’s waters while you’re at it. Kayaks are available for rent at various locations along the coast. Kayak tours are also a great way to sneak in a workout while you take in scenic ocean views. Book a tour at La Jolla Kayak (2199 Avenida de la Playa), or rent a kayak from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (1001 Santa Clara Place).

Guest Blogger

Soak in the SoCal flavor at the Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Wood - Farmers Insurance OpenTiger Woods will be there, will you?

The Farmers Insurance Open returns January 25-28 to Torrey Pines Golf Course. Come out to enjoy the ocean views, world-class golf, an array of specialty food and drink offerings and open-to-the-public fan attractions.

Specialty Food and Drinks

Enjoy an array of specialty SoCal flavor food and drink offerings at the Farmers Insurance Open including:

  • Boom Boom Chicken Sausage Roll
  • Grey Goose Specialty Cocktails including the 2018 signature drink, the Torrey Breeze
  • 10-Under, a West Coast Pale Ale brewed specially for the Farmers Insurance Open by 10 Barrel Brewing Co, Michelob ULTRA and a variety of Anheuser-Busch beers
  • Torrey BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich featuring Seaside Market’s “Cardiff Crack”
  • Baja Shrimp and Cucumber Ceviche
  • William Hill Estate Wine selections

Arrive early to the course to enjoy:

  • Torrey Breakfast Burrito featuring “Cardiff Crack”
  • Signature Grey Goose Bloody Mary

Open-to-the-Public Attractions

Make the most of your day at Torrey! Be sure to stop by these open-to-the-public attractions:

MD Anderson Shaded Bleacher

Offering shade and seating near the Main Entrance on 11

Grey Goose 19th Hole and Flight Deck

An expanded area that will all-new elevated viewing deck with panoramic views of the course, a Pétanque course and specialty drink offerings including the Farmers Insurance Open signature cocktail, the “Torrey Breeze”

The William Hill Estate Wine Lounge

Located on the south side of the 8th green, the Lounge will offer ocean and golf views and will feature an array of wine selections from William Hill Estate

The Michelob ULTRA Zone

At the center of the action, the Michelob ULTRA Zone will feature premium food and drink offerings

The Post Party presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal

When the play ends, keep the party going with live music from local DJs and Happy Hour drink specials.

Farmers Insurance Open Tickets

From general admission to a VIP experience, there’s a ticket option for everyone. Daily ticket options range from $50-$385 for an all-inclusive experience. Senior, kids, youth and Military discount ticket opportunities available.

Guest Blogger

Gold Cup is Coming to San Diego Sunday, July 9th

CONCACAF Gold Cup Comes to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium

International soccer returns to San Diego on July 9th when the Gold Cup comes to Qualcomm Stadium.

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 14th edition, is the biennial international men’s soccer championship of 12 teams from North & Central America and the Caribbean region organized by CONCACAF.

On Sunday, July 9th, San Diego will host the Group C’s opening round double header at Qualcomm Stadium. One ticket gets you into both matches!

Two Exciting Matches

  • Curacao vs. Jamaica
  • Mexico vs. El Salvador

Get Your Gold Cup Tickets

Tickets are still available and start as low as $30!

Brent Bernasconi

San Diego Padres Home Opener Weekend 2017 Guide

If you are lucky enough to be here in San Diego this weekend, here’s what’s going on during the 2017 San Diego Padres home opener series and also what’s new both inside and outside Petco Park.

San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants

Inside San Diego Padres' Petco - Courtesy Petco Park

To kick off the 2017 home season, the San Diego Padres will take on the San Francisco Giants. While the home opener on Friday is sold out, there are still tickets available for the remaining two games:

  • Friday, April 7 – Opening Day T-Shirt
  • Saturday, April 8 – Postgame Laser Show
  • Sunday – Compadres Kids Sunday Signings, KidsFest, Military Opening Day, Postgame Kids Run the Bases

> Find out more about the Padres Home Opener Weekend

7th Annual East Village Opened Day Block Party

East Village Opening Day Block Party

The free, family friendly 7th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party will be the ultimate tailgating scene on J Street between 6th and 10th Avenues. Show your team pride and “root, root, root for the home team” as San Diego kick-offs the party with fun family games, activities, and much more! Enjoy great food, craft beer, and cocktails from delicious local restaurants. There will be a bike valet at the Block Party.

Where: Sixth Ave & J St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 7-8, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the East Village Opening Day Block Party

New in Petco Park

Carnitas Snack Shack

Carnitas’ Snack Shack at Petco Park offers a variety of the thoughtfully sourced, pork-centric menu items Carnitas’ Snack Shack is known for.

Where: Left field seating area at sections 128 and 228

Wonderland Ocean Pub

Wonderland at Petco Park offers a full bar, beers from Resident Brewing Co. and a variety of menu items made popular at the original Ocean Beach location.

Where: Upper deck at section 309

Iron Fist Brewing Co.

Iron Fist Brewing Co. will feature several of its local unfiltered, bottle conditioned and naturally carbonated craft beers at a dedicated cart on Craft Beer Row (sec. 101-105), as well as at the five Craft Beers of San Diego locations throughout Petco Park (sec. 107, 211, 229, 305, 328).

AleSmith Brewing Co.’s .394

AleSmith Brewing Co. is partnering with the Padres to update and re-brand Club 19 to .394. This restaurant and bar will feature San Diego Pale Ale .394 and other AleSmith favorites, as well as a menu developed by Petco Park Executive Chef Carlos Vargas, in collaboration with Alicia Gwynn. Featured items will include .394 Chop Salad, Midsummer Classic Mac & Cheese, Pulled BBQ Pork Fries, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup, Tony’s Chicken Tenders, Crispy Fried Chicken Plate, Open Face Turkey Sandwich and Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Where: Section 217 on the Toyota Terrace Level

The Still by Cutwater Spirits

Petco Park will feature Cutwater Spirits’ Fugu Vodka, Old Grove Gin and Three Sheets Rum, as well as their ready-to-enjoy canned cocktails throughout the ballpark. In addition, Cutwater Spirits is partnering with the Padres to update and re-brand the bar and restaurant space in left field on the Toyota Terrace level. The Still by Cutwater Spirits will offer indoor and outdoor seating, field views and a variety of cocktails.

Where: Left field on the Toyota Terrace level

San Diego Padres Fan Experience

“Take me out to the ballgame” has a whole different meaning in San Diego. Petco Park is how this city does baseball, and it’s unlike any other fan experience. Located in downtown’s vibrant East Village, the ballpark is surrounded by exciting things to do. Inside, you’ll find fan food like you’ve never seen it before, with San Diegans’ favorite eateries and world-renowned craft beer throughout. Sometimes it really is all fun and games.

> Explore more of Petco Park

Brent Bernasconi

Get Excited For Fútbol (Soccer) in San Diego in 2017

On one hand, San Diego is sad to lose it’s football team. On the other hand, California’s Beach City and it’s local supporting group The American Outlaws (pictured above) are excited to host and march to upcoming International and local fútbol (soccer) matches and tournaments in 2017!

International Fútbol Matches

U.S. MNT vs. Serbia

U.S. MNT vs. Serbia

The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin the 2017 campaign with a friendly against Serbia on January 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Kickoff for Bruce Arena’s first match back in charge of the U.S. MNT is set for 1:00 PM PT, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision Networks.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: January 29, 2017
First Kick: 1:00 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about U.S. MNT vs. Serbia

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup

On Sunday, July 9th, San Diego will host an opening CONCACAF Gold Cup round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium featuring the Mexican national team as the seeded nation of Group C.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 9, 2017
Cost: TBD
> Find out more about the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Beach Soccer Tournaments

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam is a Faster, Hotter Version of the World’s most Popular Sport filled with Entertainment. Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.

Where: Fiesta Island – 1550 Fiesta Island Road
San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 20-21, 2017
> Find out more about Beach Soccer Jam

The Beach Soccer Championships

The Beach Soccer Championships

The Beach Soccer Championships has become one of the premier beach soccer destinations on the west coast of the United States and is among the top beach soccer events in the Nation. If you want Sand & Soccer with FUN, The Beach Soccer Championships is the place to be.

Where: 200 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: May 20-21, 2017
> Find out more about The Beach Soccer Championships

Local Teams

San Diego Sockers

With more than a dozen championships throughout it’s close to 40 year history, the Sockers are San Diego’s premiere indoor soccer team! Experience the excitement of this fast-paced game with an affordable trip for the whole family to San Diego Sport Arena. The seasons kick off in October and run through Spring, so there is plenty of opportunity to join the Seventh Man crew!

> Find out more about the San Diego Sockers

North County Battalion

Established in 2015, the North County Battalion joined the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) for the 2017 season and plans to quickly move even further up the U.S. soccer hierarchy in subsequent years.

> Find out more about the North County Battalion

> Get out and Play in San Diego

Robert Arends

Top 5 San Diego Spots to Explore the Birthplace of California

The new San Salvador, the Mayflower of the West! Photo credit: Jerry Soto

The new San Salvador, the Mayflower of the West! Photo credit: Jerry Soto

Did you know, San Diego was discovered by Europeans 473 years ago? Yep, only 50 years after Columbus and more than 200 years before the Spanish missions were started.

Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sailed his galleon ship, the San Salvador into San Diego Bay on Sept. 28, 1542 – going down in history as San Diego’s “first tourist.” He didn’t stay long, though, as there was no San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND for the crew to explore. 😉

Today, tourists by the millions are drawn to our attractive sun-kissed shores in search of sun and fun, as well as the fascinating living history of San Diego.

Following are Top 5 places to step back in time and trace Cabrillo’s momentous discovery, and the founding of San Diego:

1. Maritime Museum of San Diego

San Salvador docked at the Maritime Museum. Photo credit: Jerry Soto

San Salvador docked at the Maritime Museum. Photo credit: Jerry Soto

Last month the Maritime Museum of San Diego launched a full-size, functioning replica of the San Salvador – the Mayflower of the West – much to the delight of landlubbers like me! The $6.2 million vessel took 5 years to construct (check out this cool time-lapse video of the ship’s construction) and can be seen docked at the museum’s pier on Harbor Drive. Plan is to have it open to the public (as in actually go onboard) later this year, hopefully by the holidays {fingers crossed}.

2. Cabrillo National Monument

Impressive statue of Cabrillo at Cabrillo National Monument

Impressive statue of Cabrillo at Cabrillo National Monument

Wonder what Cabrillo looked like or what he saw as he sailed into San Diego’s impressive natural harbor? Head to Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego’s only national park. There’s a 14-foot high statue of Cabrillo (originally envisioned as a 150-foot tall sculpture!) and incredible 360-degree, birds-eye views of the city. Also fun to explore are the Old Point Loma Lighthouse (one of eight original lighthouses on the West Coast), tide pools and bunkers from WWII.

3. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Folklorico dancers at Old Town State Historic Park

Folklorico dancers at Old Town State Historic Park

The Junipero Serra Museum on a hill overlooking Old Town, marks the spot where Spanish friars and soldiers established a presidio and the first Mission San Diego in 1769 (the original structures are no longer visible; the ruins are buried). Downhill, Old Town State Historic Park with its adobe buildings, old timey plaza and other sites, shows what life was like at San Diego’s first “downtown” in the 1800s. This is where the Wild West meets mariachis and our Hispanic heritage.

4. Mission San Diego de Alcala

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

California’s first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley

In the aptly named Mission Valley near Old Town, is the second Mission San Diego de Alcala – which was moved here in 1774 to be closer to the San Diego River (makes sense). You can stroll through the mission and its beautiful gardens, chapel, church, a museum with original artifacts and an excavation site out back, believed to be the monastery.

5. Mission Trails Regional Park

Old Mission Dam in Mission Trails Regional Park. Photo credit: Ce Helton

Old Mission Dam in Mission Trails Regional Park. Photo credit: Ce Helton

Mission Trails Regional Park, one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., is just up the road from Mission San Diego. Highlights include the original Old Mission Dam, a state-of-the-art Visitor and Interpretive Center featuring exhibits dedicated to the Kumeyaay Indians who lived here 1,000 years ago and 60 miles of hiking trails including an awesome trek to the top of Cowles Mountain, the city of San Diego’s highest peak (1,593 feet).

See you in San Diego, and make your own history! 🙂

Todd Lynch

Taking a Stand – Standup Paddleboarding in San Diego

Standup Paddleboarding on Mission Bay
Standup Paddleboarding on Mission Bay

Try the Exciting New Water Sport – StandUp Paddleboarding

San Diego is crazy for paddle sports, and Standup Paddleboarding or SUP is the latest local craze. Kayakers and surfers have combined the best of both sports to create a fun and energetic new way for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the water anywhere they go.

As the name implies, in SUP, you stand upright on a surfboard and use a paddle to power yourself around. Today, experienced SUP surfers are riding waves at virtually the same performance level as traditional surfers, while recreational enthusiasts are using them for leisurely tours of flatwater lakes and bays. There are open ocean SUP races, SUP yoga classes, even adventurous athletes who are using SUP boards to challenge whitewater rapids and make long-distance expeditions.

Part of the appeal of SUP is that it feels more natural to stand than lay prone on your belly, and that you spend more time high and dry and cover more ground. Fitness fanatics can get a great all-around workout. Paddling uses the arms and upper body, while the demands of balancing the board exercise the legs and core.

SUP equipment can be purchased and rented at surf shops and watersports facilities throughout San Diego’s beaches and bays. First timers can sign up for instructional sessions, but the sport is intuitive enough that many people choose to figure it out for themselves. A few basic pointers should get you up and riding in no time:

  • Start on your knees, holding the paddle in both hands, and standup in a smooth, even motion.
  • Keep your knees slightly bent and your feet slightly apart. Use small corrections of your hips and knees to keep your center of gravity directly over the board.
  • Momentum is your friend. It’s far easier to balance and maneuver when your board is moving through the water.

Learning to Standup Paddleboarding is a lot like learning to ride a bike: once you get the hang of it, you never forget.

> Get on board and give Standup Paddleboarding a try