The Most Enjoyable Ways to Work Out in San Diego

Situated on the California coast, just miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, San Diego is a vibrant destination known for its perfect weather, multitude of activities, and serious vacation appeal. While part of your time in San Diego could be spent shopping or eating, this part of the country is all about being outdoors. Known as one of the most physically fit cities in the nation, San Diego boasts some of the best hiking, yoga, water sports, and group fitness classes.


Work up a sweat on the trails around San Diego County during your stay. Beach or bay walks are easy options for exploring the surrounding area while getting some steps in, and Mission Bay offers plenty of routes for beginners. Walk along the Shelter Island Loop for scenic views of the bay and marina. You can also head to Torrey Pines Reserve, which features multiple hikes along the coast. If you’re up for something a little more challenging, hike to new heights at one of the popular mountain trails around San Diego. Cowles Mountain is easily accessible, well-maintained, and a bit more strenuous than a casual coastal walk. The 2.9-mile hike leads up to the highest peak in San Diego, and you can see the ocean on clear days.


Once you’re finished on land, head out into the cool Pacific waters. Rent a stand-up paddleboard from the OEX Point Loma and explore the coast from the ocean. Paddle around Point Loma and admire the beautiful views, or head to La Jolla to check out the eerie sea caves and catch a glimpse of a spunky sea lion or two. For something more educational, book a tour at La Jolla Kayak and learn about the surrounding nature as you paddle.



Clear your mind and center yourself with a beachside or stand-up paddleboard yoga class. San Diego is known for its variety of yoga studios, making it a must-try activity while you’re in town. Join an oceanfront yoga class led by San Diego local Namasteve, held every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. in Pacific Beach’s Palisades Park. If you’re feeling extra zen, test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard. SUP yoga classes are becoming popular around the country, and San Diego is the perfect place to try it out. Join a class at Bliss Paddle Yoga, in Mission Bay, to find your inner om on the water.


With every day offering a different way to work out, San Diego’s fitness activities are the perfect addition to your upcoming vacation. Plan your trip to the sunny West Coast and stay at Humphreys Half Moon Inn, located on the scenic Shelter Island Marina. See you soon!