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Relaxing Outdoor Leisure Activities

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The mantra for San Diego is: “Outdoors”

Whether in summer or winter: Life takes place outdoors in California's second-largest city. There are countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors every day, whether you’re into golf, yoga on the beach, or surfing at some of the best spots in California. Or at one of the many special events that fill the calendar throughout the year. We present our tips for a “pretty laid back” day in the fresh air in San Diego.

Picnic in Balboa Park

If you’re planning a relaxing day, be sure to stop by Balboa Park. This park is the cultural centre of San Diego. Known for its mix of nature and culture, it is home to magnificent buildings and numerous museums. The grounds are perfect to soak up the sun or enjoy a picnic. There are several gardens which are divided by theme, and you’ll be sure to find the perfect spot to linger. If you’re not really a fan of picnics, there are many different food options in the park itself for both big and small appetites. Enjoy the peace and quiet!

Balboa Park

Hiking in Torrey Pines State Reserve

There’s nothing better than recharging your batteries in nature, and Torrey Pines State Reserve in San Diego is where you’ll find this piece of nature. The reserve features many cliffs overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach and a lagoon that is essential for the survival of local wildlife. The view from the cliffs is just unbelievably beautiful. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a whale or two from here. The reserve is home to many different species of animals and plants, including bobcats, coyotes, skunks, cacti, Torrey pine, and creosote bush. For nature lovers, a visit to the reserve is an absolute must. There are many different hiking trails and a small visitor centre with a museum shop at the top of the hill.

San Diego Zoo and Sea World

If you’re planning a family day out, the famous San Diego Zoo is a must. The zoo is home to over 3,700 animals from 650 different species. Be sure to grab a map of the zoo at the entrance as the grounds are extensive. Since there is no defined circular route, it is best to plan your own route in advance. You can either explore the zoo by foot or take one of the buses available. If you’d prefer to see the park from above, you can take the Skyfari Gondola. Sea World also has a lot to offer. Not only can you observe aquatic animals, but you can also visit exciting shows and enjoy thrilling roller coasters. You’re sure to have a great day of family fun!

San Diego Zoo

The Most Beautiful Beaches

San Diego’s beautiful beaches are the perfect place to enjoy the warm California sun. Take Mission Beach, for example, which looks like a typical US beach from Hollywood films. Around Mission Bay you’ll find not only places to relax, but also plenty of snack bars, restaurants and even a small amusement park. Another beach worth recommending is Pacific Beach. The 5-kilometre-long promenade is lined with quaint cafés and trendy hotel bars that are perfect for relaxing. If you prefer a more secluded and deserted beach, Black's Beach, located in the Torrey Pines State Reserve, is the perfect spot. You can get to this beach on foot via the Torrey Pines Gliderport Trail, La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines State Beach, or Salk Canyon Road at UCSC.

Sunset at Sunset Cliffs

To wrap up a perfect day, we recommend heading out to Sunset Cliffs towards the evening. As the name suggests, the cliffs are a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Rumour has it that this is where to see the most beautiful sunsets that San Diego has to offer. Sunset Cliffs are on the Point Loma peninsula. As this is bordered by a residential area, there are fewer tourists than on other parts of the coast. Sunset Cliffs are also a wonderful spot for a walk.

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