San Diego may boast a nearly perfect climate year-round, but in the summer this laid-back beach city truly comes alive. From hiking and watersports to aerial yoga, there are plenty of ways to take in San Diego’s sun-soaked landscape. Here are five different ways to get outside in San Diego and where to refuel after your sweat session.
1. Aerial Yoga + A Vegan Café
Aerial yoga at Trilogy Sanctuary
Located on a dreamy rooftop in the affluent coastal neighborhood of La Jolla, Trilogy specializes in aerial yoga. Beginner and advanced Yogi students alike perform familiar moves (like downward facing dog) as well as aerial specific moves in a hammock-like fabric that helps alleviate stress on the spine. You’ll feel like you’re flying and the security of the hammock is ideal for the inversion-phobic.
Trilogy Sanctuary Café
Adjacent to the aerial yoga platform is the studio’s vegan café, which offers super healthy smoothies, entrees, and desserts in a casual setting. Take your meal outside to soak in the rooftop views.
2. SUP Yoga + Mexican Food
SUP yoga at Bliss Paddle Yoga
Imagine yourself in the Warrior Two position. Now imagine doing Warrior Two on a paddleboard out in the bay. That’s the core-flexing adventure Bliss Paddle Yoga leads you through in their 60 and 90-minute classes on Mission Bay. All levels welcome! Tip: For an extra magical experience, get your sun salutation on during their sunset class.
Oscar’s Mexican Seafood
It’s practically a law in San Diego that any water sport must be followed by Mexican food, and in San Diego fish tacos are the go-to favorite. Popular taqueria Oscar’s serves up breakfast, tacos, tortas, burritos, and ceviche, but it’s their smoked fish taco topped with cabbage, avocado, and cheese that earns rave reviews. Tip: Be sure to try their trio of sauces.
3. Meditation + An Acai Bowl
Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens
Getting outside doesn’t have to mean heart pumping action. At the lush Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens perched above the beach in Encinitas, Zen-seekers can touch base with the calmer side of nature by meditating on a bench, gazing out to ocean from the garden’s many vantage points, or taking a stroll through the succulent patches and Koi fish pond. It’s affiliated with the Self-Realization Fellowship, but all are welcome. And though photography is allowed, silence is golden.
Acai Bowl at Swami’s Café
Hot temperatures call for cold treats. At Swami’s, a laid-back café popular with the surfing set, the acai bowl is a must. A blend of frozen acai berry, the bowl is topped with fruit, coconut, and bee pollen for a cool-down meal loaded with health benefits.
4. Hiking + Craft Beers
Hiking in Balboa Park
Sprawling Balboa Park near Hillcrest and downtown San Diego is home to museums, restaurants, dog parks, a theater, and more. In between museum hopping, hop on one of the park’s trails (there are more than 65 miles that vary in scenery and difficulty). For an easy and beautiful stroll, head straight for the Desert Garden located on the east side of Park Boulevard. Filled with wild and weird plants, the garden is rumored to have inspired Dr. Seuss’ drawings.
Craft beers at Panama 66
Combine culture and craft beer at Panama 66, a hip gastropub located in the San Diego Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden. Lunch, dinners, weekend brunch, and live music are all up for grabs, but its hallmark is the selection of all local craft beers. Pair the brew with a plate of their truffle and Parmesan tiger fries, and happy hour just got a whole lot happier. Tip: Because it’s frequently booked for events, check Panama66’s Facebook page for updates.
5. A Coastal Walk + Dessert
Walk along Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
As the name suggests, Sunset Cliffs is one of the best spots in San Diego to enjoy the sunset—with a bluff-lined landscape, surfers in the ocean, and an occasional dolphin sighting, it’s a must visit spot any time of the day. There’s an easy, undulating trail along the cliff with different viewpoints along the way. Tip: Parking in the designated lot fill up quickly, so try adjacent residential streets for more space.
Dessert at Azucar
Azucar melds Cuban flavors with French pastry tradition resulting in mango cheesecakes, key lime tarts, white chocolate cake with passion fruit curd, and a Cuban rum cake with Malibu coconut custard. They also make cupcakes, cookies, and Cuban espresso drinks, so if you need some savory with the sweet, try one of their sandwiches (we like the Cubano made with pork and ham). The patisserie is situated on a lively street in Ocean Beach, a quintessential SoCal neighborhood filled with peace sign-wielding free spirits, and a walk down Newport Avenue promises great people watching.