10 Healthy Things to Do in San Diego

Sunshine, beaches and healthy people—of the many amazing reasons to love San Diego, these are often the three most mentioned because they all go hand-in-hand. Thanks to year-round warm weather, San Diegans are able to enjoy a variety of healthy activities, allowing them to stay fit all year long.

If you’re new to San Diego or just visiting, use this list to get active. These are a few of my favorite healthy things to do in San Diego and I’m willing to bet you’ll like them too.

Walk the OB Pier 

The Ocean Beach pier is the second longest pier on the west coast and said to be the longest concrete pier in the world. As such, it provides a great opportunity for you to walk, sight see and relax all at the same time.

Hike Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines provides you with the perfect balance of hiking, walking, sight seeing and beaching. After you make your way through the trails overlooking the ocean, you can head down toward the water for a day at the beach. 

Scuba Dive in La Jolla

The La Jolla caves offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world that’s bustling under the water. If you don’t love the idea of hanging with the fish, take a kayaking tour through the caves instead. 

Surf at Tourmaline

Tourmaline is one of the best surfing spots in San Diego, so what better place to get out on the water? Head out just before sunset, where you can take in the bright yellow skies, surrounded by locals while your feet rest in the cool ocean water.

Roller Blade, Bike or Run Along Pacific Beach Boardwalk

The boardwalk, which runs from Pacific Beach to Mission Beach, is the perfect place to drink your coffee on a morning walk, take an afternoon jog, or have a relaxing sunset bike ride. To really challenge yourself, strap on a pair of roller blades and see where they take you.


Paddle Board on Mission Bay 

Head to any of the many Mission Bay rental shops, grab a paddleboard and head out. With the calm bay water below you and bustling bay boardwalk surrounding you, it’s a fun way to enjoy this area of San Diego.

Look for SUP Yoga as well, which is often put on by Paddleboard Bliss.

Sightsee in Balboa Park 

Balboa Park is home to a seemingly endless variety of activities for people who want to stay active. You can hike through palm tree-lined trails, walk from museum to museum, and smell the roses in their sprawling, colorful gardens.

Balboa Park rose gardens


Take an Oceanfront Yoga Class

At the bottom of Law Street in Pacific Beach, you’ll find a yoga class like no other. On the grass, overlooking the beach, you can tune into your Zen and soak up some sunshine. This Power Vinyasa Class is taught by a local studio yogi and starts at 10a.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Trek to the Secret Swings 

Follow the directions from Hidden San Diego to make your way to the secret swings, which are hanging in the hills of La Jolla near the birch aquarium. You’ll see some lesser-visited areas of San Diego and find a great photo-op spot.

Bike on the Pacific Coast Highway 

If you’ve ever driven on the Pacific Coast Highway, also called the 101, then you’ve noticed the sound of swarming bikers. As one of the favorite past-times in San Diego, it’s a great way to take in the never-ending ocean views while working up a sweat.

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Jessica Thiefels

Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than ten years. She's the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Honest Body Fitness, where women are warriors who love their bodies. She's also a a full-time writer, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition specialist. She’s written for Shape, Reader’s Digest, AARP, Snap Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and more. Follow Jessica and Honest Body Fitness on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for health articles, workouts tips and more.

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