San Diego is well known for its surfing opportunities and surfing culture. Though some people around the country view San Diego as a laid back surfing town, the actual surfing is anything but laid back. First, local surfers aggressively find time to surf, many everyday. The entire coast of San Diego has many places to find a break worth surfing and locals and visitors often make for crowded breaks in some of the most sought after surfing destinations in Southern California. The best places to surf in San Diego are Point Loma's Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla (Black's Beach and Windansea Beach), Trestles which is in northern San Diego County and internationally known, Cardiff, Del Mar, Oceanside, Swami's and Ocean Beach. Pacific Beach and Mission Beach offer more space and are less crowded.
Balboa Tennis Club
Balboa Tennis Club is a public tennis facility with 25 tennis courts located in Balboa Park. The Balboa Tennis Club boasts over 1,400 members and over 6,000 day pass visitors each year. Day passes are only $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for juniors.
The non-profit Balboa Tennis Club is possibly America's top public tennis facility and is popular for both locals and visitors. There are 19 courts which have lights for playing in the evening and 1 court reserved for challenges so you can always find a partner to play against. The historic Balboa Tennis Club aims to promote tennis here in San Diego, and with their inexpensive fees and friendly staff they do a great job making everyone enjoy their recreational experience.
From I-5 take the Pershing Drive Exit near downtown. Follow Pershing Drive to the traffic signal at the intersection of Pershing Drive and 26th Street/Florida Drive. Turn left onto Florida Drive and go 1.2 miles to Morley Field Drive. Turn right onto Morley Field Drive. Drive to the top of the hill and you will see the Balboa Park tennis Club and tennis courts on your right.
Morley Field Disc Golf Course
Morley Field Disc Golf Course in San Diego is the best Frisbee golf course in San Diego. Morley Field Frisbee golf course is located at the north east corner of Balboa at the corner of Pershing Drive and Redwood Street.
The beautiful 19 hole Frisbee golf course is home to world champion Snapper Pearson and the course itself is extremely challenging with lots of trees, hills, and tough pin placements.
One of the best disc golf courses in California, Morley Field is a laid back, inexpensive, healthy, fun, and challenging activity that is perfect for a group of friends or a family. Even for beginners, Morley Field Frisbee golf is very welcoming and the regular players are always friendly and helpful. Morley Field Disc Golf Course is extremely popular and can often get crowded on weekends, but because of its friendly, laid back atmosphere playing Frisbee golf on a crowded course is still very enjoyable. Morley Field information can be found on the Morley Field website at Morley Field. Morley Field Disc Golf Course allows players to bring their dogs with them while they play and it is open from dawn to dusk every day.
Disc golf price: the cost to play Frisbee golf at Morley Field Disc Golf Course is extremely reasonable, with the cost being only $3 on weekdays and $4.00 on weekends. Once you pay you get a wristband that allows you to play as many rounds of Frisbee golf that day as you want, but usually one round which takes a couple hours makes you tired enough to call it a day. You can rent Frisbee discs for $1.50. If you fall in love with Frisbee golf and live nearby you can get monthly memberships for $35 a month or a yearly membership that is sold in January for $385. Disc golf in San Diego at Morley Field Disc Golf Course is believe it or not, an extremely popular activity. During peak hours weekdays (5pm - 6pm) and weekends it is often crowded meaning you may have more waiting time then normal. Ideally, you would play at an off peak time therefore you will get to play more relaxed.
Disc Golf Tournaments
Disc Golf Tournaments at Morley Field happen every month and start at 8 am and prizes are given in store credit that can be used to purchase discs, food, greens fees, or accessories. If you are interested in playing a Frisbee golf tournament at San Diego’s Morley Field you should arrive by 7 am to register as there is only a limited number of spots available and they fill up quickly. Different Frisbee golf tournament divisions are held every month in these divisions and their corresponding tournament entry fees:
Morley Field Directions
From Interstate 5 North or South - Take the Pershing Dr. exit and go up Pershing for 1.6 miles. The course is on the left.
From Interstate 163 South - Note: There is no Pershing Dr. Exit on 163.
Take the 4th Ave. exit. Go left on 4th Ave., then left on Cedar St., then left on 5th. Take the 5 on ramp, which is in the right lane. Take the Pershing Dr. exit and go up Pershing for 1.6 miles. The course is on the left.
From Interstate 8 East or West - Take the Texas St. exit and go south. When Texas runs into the park, turn left on Upas St., then right on Jacaranda Dr. Jacaranda Dr. turns into Jacaranda Place. Turn right on Pershing Dr. and the course is the next turn in on your right.
From Interstate 805 South - Take the University/North Park Way exit. Go straight at the stop sign. Turn left on 32nd St. Turn right on Redwood. Redwood ends at Pershing. Turn left on Pershing then an immediate right to turn into the course parking lot.
From Interstate 805 North - Take the University Ave. exit and go left on University. Turn left on 32nd St. Turn right on Redwood. Redwood ends at Pershing. Turn left on Pershing then an immediate right to turn into the course parking lot.
From Interstate 94 West - Take 28th Street exit. Go right on 28th then left on A Street. Turn right on 26th Street. Turn right on Pershing. The course is about 1 mile on your left.
Directions from Los Angeles - 5 South to Pershing Drive. Go up Pershing 1.6 miles and the course is on the left.
Best San Diego Dog Parks
In 2009 San Diego was voted the Friendliest Dog City in America. This reclaimed a title San Diego had previously held in past years. The reason is simple, San Diego has some of the best Dog Parks and Dog Beaches anywhere in California and arguably the best in the country.
The original Ocean Beach Dog Beach has been around for decades and attracts tens of thousands of dogs and their families every year. Coronado Island Dog Beach is like a dog's paradise. The waves striking the very long stretch of white sand beach is pleasure for any pooch. From agile Frisbee catching dogs Border Collie to big huskies to little puppies the dog beaches are shared by all dog breeds. For a dog nothing beats swimming in the Pacific Ocean and playing on the sand with dozens of different dog breeds and their owners. Both dog beaches are off-leash and free.
Ocean Beach's Dog Beach is located at the end of West Point Loma Boulevard about 5 blocks north of Newport Avenue. A large parking lot has lots of spots but fills up quickly on peak days.
Coronado Dog Beach is located about 10 blocks north of the landmark Hotel del Coronado. On the north border of dog beach is the United States Naval Base and a fence on the beach separates the dog beach from the Navy's beach. In addition to plenty of sand for the dogs to play on, Coronado Dog Beach has running water to wash your dogs off when you leave the beach. Parking is on the street and finding a spot close to dog beach can be tough. A short walk may be required if you end up parking a couple blocks away.
Dog Parks in San Diego are pretty much everywhere. Ocean beach has a dog park next to Robb Field that has a large fenced in dog park inside the large field. Pacific Beach has a nice park on top of a hill overseeing all of San Diego. Mission Beach and Mission Bay have some nice trails along the bay which are great places to take your dogs.
The absolute best dog park in San Diego is certainly Balboa Park. Balboa Park has so much property to explore that a leashed dog could be very satisfied. Additionally, Balboa Park has two fenced in dog parks that are off-leash where your pet can mingle with other dog breeds.
- Nate's Point - Cross streets Balboa Drive and El Prado, which is on the south side of the Cabrillo Bridge.
- Morley Field - next to the tennis courts.
- Both dog parks open 24 hours a day.
- Ocean Beach at the end of Voltaire Street.
- 24 hour access everyday.
- Beach surrounded on one side by ocean, one side by water inlet and one side by parking lot. Water inlet popular place for dogs that want to bathe without the waves.
Coronado Dog Beach
- Beach access.
- Great view, use caution as waves can be strong.
- Street Parking. Dog shower.
- Inside Mission Bay Park
- Everyday 6:00 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Miles of asphalt plus a large fenced in area with walking trail.
Dusty Rhodes Neighborhood Park
- Sunset Cliffs Boulevard between Nimitz Boulevard and West Point Loma Avenue.
- Enter parking area from West Point Loma or from Sunset Cliffs
- Drinking fountain for dogs. Benches and chairs. One large fenced in area.
Doyle Community Park
- 8175 Regents Road, behind Doyle Recreation Center.
- Two fenced pens: one for small dogs and one for large dogs
- Open 24 hours, no lights at night.
Grape Street Park
- Cross streets Grape Street and 28th Street.
- No fence, but off leash is ok during certain hours. Morning to 9:00 p.m.
Kearny Mesa Community Park
- 3170 Armstrong Street next to the Kearny Mesa Recreation Center.
- One fenced in area with lights. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Dog and people fountains. Day time parking is difficult as Mesa College students fill up the parking lot.
Maddox Neighborhood Park
- 7815 Flanders Street.
- Small park with drinking fountain.
Rancho Bernardo Park
- 18448 West Bernardo Drive.
- Large park. Leash free space. Next to Rancho Bernardo Community Park with parking for dog park patrons.
- 8820 Judicial Drive. North University Community Branch Library is next to the park. Dog park is also near the Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center.
- Two fenced in areas and easy parking.
Torrey Highlands Park
- Lansdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road.
- One acre with grass and mulch.
Rancho Penasquitos Park
- Cross streets Salmon River Road and Fairgrove Lane. Across from Rancho Penasquitos Branch Library.
- Two fenced areas. Benches. Parking. 24 hours a day.
Cadman Community Park
- Clairemont area, 4280 Avati Drive
- On the corner of Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road.
- Two fenced dog pens: one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Drinking fountain. Picnic tables. Benches. Parking area. Open 24 hours every day.
Note: Because of budget restraints some skate parks may be closed or have moved so please check in advance.
San Diego is a 'Mecca' of Skateboarding and for good reason as San Diego is home to many skate parks. There are many skate boarding shops around town to find the right equipment, expert advice, and practical tips for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skateboarders.
Local skate parks in San Diego are occasionally free but most of them operate on a membership/fee system. The membership fee system allows users to purchase monthly membership packages or they can choose to pay for a daily use fee giving them access for just that session.The skate parks that charge fees usually operate in skating sessions where a maximum amount of skaters are allowed in for a couple hour session. These sessions run throughout the day and by limiting the number of skaters allows for more space to ride and greater safety. Skate parks require helmets and pads. Pads required are those for the knees and elbows, however wrist guards are highly recommended. A few skate parks are located in public park areas such as the Ocean Beach Skate Park located in Robb Field.
San Diego Skate Park Locations and Information
Andy A. Rogers Skate Park, 635 Seacoast Blvd., Imperial Beach
Carlsbad Skate Park, Carlsbad Safety Center, 2560 Orion Way. Free. 15,000 square feet. Beginners area. Helmets and pads required.
Coronado Skate Park, 2000 Mullinex, Tidelands Park, Coronado. 619-552-7344, 16,000 square feet. Membership and fee. Helmets and pads required.
Escondido Sports Center, 3315 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-839-5425. 20,000 square feet. Membership and fee. Helmet and pads required.
Imperial Beach Curb Bonez Skate Park, Sports Park Recreation Complex, 425 Imperial Beach Boulevard, Imperial Beach, 619-423-8615, 5,200 square feet indoors, membership and fee. Helmets and pads required.
La Mesa Skate Park, East County YMCA, 8881 Dallas Street, La Mesa, 619-464-1323, 10,000 square feet. Membership and fee. Helmet and pads required.
Lenmore Skate Park, Boys and Girls Club of Chula Vista, 1301 Oleander Avenue, Chula Vista, 619-421-4011 extension 12, 25,000 square feet with lights for night skating. Membership and fee. Helmet and pads required.
Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, 200 Saxony Road, Encinitas, 760-942-9622, 37,000 square feet with beginners area. Membership and fee. Helmet and pads required.
Krause Family Skate Park Clairemont, Mission Valley YMCA, 3401 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 619-279-9254, 53,000 square feet with beginners area and cutting edge skate park amenities. Membership and fee. Helmet and pads required.
Narrowgate Skate Park, 5331 Mount Alafan Drive, Clairemont, 619-227-4991, 10,000 square feet. Membership and fee. Helmet and pads required.
Ocean Beach Skate Park, Robb Field, 2525 Bacon Street, Ocean Beach, 619-525-8486, 40,000 square feet with beginners area. Membership and fee. Helmet and pads required.
Oceanside Skate Park, corner of Pier Way and Myers Way, Oceanside, 760-435-5041, 20,000 square feet. Free but requires signed waiver. Helmet and pads required.
Poway Skate Park, 13090 Bowron Road, 858-679-4366, 8,000 square feet. Helmet and pads required.
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (RJKCCC), 6845 University Avenue, San Diego, 619-287-5762, 15,000 square foot indoors for beginner to advanced skaters, signed waiver required. Helmet and pads required.
Skateboard Heaven, 339 12th Avenue which is between J Street and K Street in Downtown San Diego. Helmet and pads required.
Vista Skate Park, Civic Center Park, 635 Alta Vista Drive, Vista, 760-639-6151, 9,000 square feet. Helmet and pads required.
Washington Street Skate Park, Washington Street and Pacific Highway, Mission Hills, 619-518-8006, 8,000 square feet.
Woodglen Vista Skate Park, 10250 Woodglen Vista Road, Santee, 619-258-4100 extension 120, 6,800 square feet. Membership and fee. Helmet and pads required.