Date activities to get you into the great outdoors


San Diego is not a city of people who choose to sit idly by indoors. Chocked full of outdoor activities, events and unbeatable year-round weather, America’s Finest City invites locals and tourists to get outside and be active.

While finding true love is always difficult, dating in San Diego has never been easier with its endless available date activities for every type of person, whether you are a hipster, athlete or like weekend getaways.

For those nature nerds and outdoor enthusiasts, PACIFIC has ideas for you and your bae to get out and enjoy the glorious weather, elevate those heartbeats, and get your sexy sweat on.

Trail Riding, aka Mountain Biking, at Los Penasquitos and Mission Trails: Perfect for afternoon or weekend dates, both of these trail options are popular with local bikers. Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve has an adventurous mix of hills, curves and mixed pathways, plus a hidden oasis for cooling off. Nestled off the trail is an entirely unexpected waterfall and watering hole, a welcome respite from the sun and dry heat. Insider tip: Start from the Sorrento Valley Boulevard entrance.

Or, strike out to Mission Trails Regional Park for outdoor biking dates, in particular the Tierrasanta entrance, which is away from the more popular area of the park, and provides a variety of terrain and branching trails.

To join up with other like-minded bikers in San Diego, visit San Diego Mountain Bikers Association which has more than 1,000 members and counting.

Snorkeling and kayaking at La Jolla Cove: Get up close and personal with dolphins, sea lions, whales and leopard sharks in an unforgettable experience along the coastline. La Jolla Kayak provides a variety of opportunities for outdoor adventure, including kayaking, snorkeling, biking, whale watching or combinations of activities, even renting out surfboards, boogie boards, and cameras. Kayak tours run $75 for a double kayak; kayak and snorkel combos are $95 for a double kayak; and bike and kayak tours are priced at $149 for a double bike and kayak. Bring your GoPro and make memories for a lifetime.

A sea lion looks at a passing couple as they snorkel in La Jolla Cove.

A sea lion looks at a passing couple as they snorkel in La Jolla Cove.

(K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

REI classes, San Diego & Encinitas: Held at both area locations, these constantly running classes cover a variety of engaging topics and get you and your sweetheart prepped for adventure. Some of the classes include GPS Navigation Basics (so you lovebirds don’t get lost), Outdoor Cooking for Car Campers, Essential Kayaking Skills, and Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing. Prices range from free to $150. Head to the website to check out more options, laid out on the calendar weeks to months in advance.

Trail running: If pounding the pavement is what gets you and yours all hot and bothered, San Diego is undoubtedly the place to stir up passion. But if you like to get a little rugged with your love, trail running takes the sport and your body to a new level. According to RootsRated, a website that selects trails based on local outdoor retailers and local experts (rather than just crowd-sourced reviews), there are trails that top the list for San Diego, including North Fortuna Trail and Grasslands Loop in Mission Trails Regional Park, and Tecolote Canyon. All Trails, the ever-popular review website named Cowles Mountain as the number one pick, followed by Los Penasquitos Canyon at number two, and both Fortuna trails capturing number three and four on the list. Being out of breath and sweaty has never been sexier.