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San Diego, California: 10 Photo-Ready Outdoor Experiences

By: Idoia Gkikas

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All the words in the world won’t do justice to these 10 camera-worthy outdoor adventures in San Diego

Bring your GoPros, your smart phones, your DSLR cameras, your point-and-shoots – because all the words in the world won’t do justice to these 10 camera-worthy outdoor adventures in San Diego.

1. Hike Along Ocean Cliffs

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is home to the rarest pine tree in the USA and boasts nearly 13 kilometers of scenic, cliff-side trails. Best photo op: the breathtaking overlooks of the Pacific Ocean.

Dirt hiking paths along the bluffs of Torrey Pines offer stunning ocean views.

Dirt hiking paths along the bluffs of Torrey Pines offer stunning ocean views.
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2. Paraglide Over the Pacific

Torrey Pines Gliderport offers tandem paragliding over the seaside bluffs of Torrey Pines – no experience necessary. Best photo op: bird’s-eye GoPro footage of towering cliffs, neighboring mansions and the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Take to the sky and soar along the coast of San Diego in a paraglider.

Take to the sky and soar along the coast of San Diego in a paraglider.
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3. Sail on the Bay

Feel the salty sea wind in your face as you cut through the water on a speeding sailboat in Mission Bay or San Diego Bay. Sit back and relax or learn how to navigate a sailboat by yourself. Best photo op: the fiery colors over the ocean on a sunset sail.

Make sure to bring a dry bag for your camera – depending on the wind, sailing can be a relaxing aquatic escape or a fast-moving adventure.

Make sure to bring a dry bag for your camera – depending on the wind, sailing can be a relaxing aquatic escape or a fast-moving adventure.
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4. Cycle Through the City

From the scenic streets of downtown to the Bayshore Bikeway, a paved, 40-kilometer path around the San Diego Bay, San Diego is a cycling paradise graced with beautiful scenery. Best photo op: the downtown skyline, famed San Diego-Coronado Bridge and Navy bases.

Cycling around San Diego is a two-wheeled adventure the whole family will enjoy.

Cycling around San Diego is a two-wheeled adventure the whole family will enjoy.
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5. Fly High with a Water Jet Pack

This trending water sport uses powerful jets of water to propel you up to nine meters high. Best photo op: a friend on-shore taking a video of you looking like a futuristic aqua-hero.

Flying over the water with a jet pack is certain to make your San Diego vacation unbelievable.

Flying over the water with a jet pack is certain to make your San Diego vacation unbelievable.
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6. Kayak Through Coastal Caves

When the tide is low, kayak into La Jolla’s famous Seven Caves. These natural marvels are carved out of 75 million-year-old sandstone. Best photo op: waterproof photo or video equipment for eerie shots of the sculpted caves.

Only one of the Seven Caves of La Jolla is accessible by land. The others you can only view by kayak.

Only one of the Seven Caves of La Jolla is accessible by land. The others you can only view by kayak.
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7. Play Beach Volleyball

South Mission Beach is the local hangout for beach volleyball. Competitive tournaments meet here, as well as players looking for a friendly pick-up game. Best photo op: nearing sunset, a must-have beach shot of locals playing on the courts.

Playing volleyball under the sun with friends, family or locals makes this sport more like a beach party.

Playing volleyball under the sun with friends, family or locals makes this sport more like a beach party.
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8. Surf Like a Local

San Diego’s 112 kilometers of coastline is a surfer’s paradise. Windansea is an awesome surf spot for experienced locals, while La Jolla Shores is a great spot for novices. Best photo op: GoPro your surf lesson, or take Instagram-worthy pics from the shore.

The simple surf shack at Windansea in La Jolla is an iconic local attraction.

The simple surf shack at Windansea in La Jolla is an iconic local attraction.
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9. Golf an Iconic Course

San Diego is home to more than 90 golf courses, many set against stunning natural backdrops. Play the municipal course at Torrey Pines where, in 2008, Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open against Rocco Mediate in a legendary showdown. Best photo op: that awesome shot of the Pacific Ocean from the green.

Cliffside putting at Torrey Pines Golf Course offers unbeatable views.

Cliffside putting at Torrey Pines Golf Course offers unbeatable views.
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10. Soar on a Zipline

Hit speeds of up to 88 kilometers per hour on the La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline, located on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in scenic East County. Best photo op: GoPro your ride, or hand your camera to a fellow zip-liner to get video of your high-speed adventure.

Speed through forests and open expanses on one of the longest ziplines in California at La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline.

Speed through forests and open expanses on one of the longest ziplines in California at La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline.
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Getting There

San Diego is connected to major international airports throughout the nation. It is only one flight away from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Las Vegas, Seattle and more. International direct flights to San Diego International Airport are available year round from the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Mexico, and seasonally from Germany and Switzerland beginning in 2017. Amtrak provides rail service to San Diego from Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Anaheim on its popular Pacific Surfliner train.