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Beyond the Perfect Weather: Our Favorite San Diego Experiences

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By , September 9, 2015 12:19 pm

San Diego is one of the best destination getaways in the U.S. because it’s easy to get to, the beaches are amazing, and the weather is pretty perfect year-around. There’s so much to see and do in this California city, even if you’ve been living there for years!

At FunSherpa, we’re passionate about introducing you to experiences that you might not have thought of before, and that (gasp!) might even take you outside your comfort zone. These are some our top picks for San Diego, whether you’re planning to visit this fall or really any time of the year!

Surfing Lessons

San Diego is synonymous with surf culture, and really no trip to the city is complete without hopping on a board. Designed for true beginners, our surf lessons are led by friendly and qualified instructors who’ll help you beat the frustration and learning curve. In fact, they promise that if you’re not standing on the board at the end of your lesson, your next lesson is free! Lessons are offered year-around and last an hour or more.

Photo credit: Nathan Rupert via Flickr

Photo credit: Nathan Rupert via Flickr

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

These days, you can’t really talk about surfing without mentioning stand-up paddle boarding too. Once you get the hang of SUP, it’s actually a really relaxing water sport that challenges your balance, strength, and overall fitness. You can learn to SUP in an hour-long lesson any time of the year in San Diego.

America’s Cup Sailing Experience

Another great way to get in tune with San Diego’s maritime culture is on an America’s Cup Sailing Experience, which sets sail on famous competitive racing vessels. Soak up the San Diego skyline from this 80-foot boat and relax on your nautical adventure. Tickets to the San Diego Maritime Museum are included in the rate, and the year-around tour lasts for about 2 1/2 hours.

Sea Rocket Speedboat Ride

To satisfy your need for speed while in San Diego, consider taking a Sea Rocket Speedboat Ride, which offers a unique way to see the sights of the city. You’ll pass by landmarks like the USS Midway Museum, Cabrillo National Monument, and Point Loma Lighthouse on this 40-minute ride. Rides are offered every day between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Catamaran Whale Watching Cruises

The water the surrounds San Diego is full of fascinating wildlife, and one of the best ways to see sea creatures is on a Catamaran Whale Watching Cruise. This is a two-hour experience on an eco-friendly boat that can hold up to 49 passengers and even has a full-service bar. These tours launch from nearby Dana Point and run between May and October.

Photo credit: Eric Neitzel via Flickr

Photo credit: Eric Neitzel via Flickr

Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego’s Questionable Past

But after all those water activities, you’ve probably worked up quite the hunger and thirst. One of the most interesting tours you can take in the city is called Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego’s Questionable Past, which introduces you to the historic and scandalous Gaslamp Quarter. you’ll get to sample foods and drinks from five amazing San Diego restaurants on this 2 1/2 hour tour, which typically runs on Fridays and Saturdays.

Get On the Water with a Surfing, Windsurfing, or Kiteboarding Lesson

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By , May 21, 2014 10:12 am

Now that Memorial Day is just around the corner, it’s officially time to celebrate summer! Water sports are some of the best ways to take advantage of the warm sunshine, get some exercise, and learn a new hobby. Even if you’ve a little water-shy, you can take a surfing, windsurfing, or kiteboarding lesson designed for beginners.

At FunSherpa, we offer a variety of water sport lessons on the East Coast, the West Coast, and on lots of lakes in between. Don’t wait any longer to experience the excitement of riding waves!

Photo credit: Siim Teller via Flickr

Photo credit: Siim Teller via Flickr

Surfing Lessons

One of the best places to take a beginner surfing lesson is the Bay Area. Located in Pacificia and Santa Cruz, California, these beginner clinics run for three hours and two days are recommended to learn. You’ll learn about ocean conditions, wave breaks, wave safety, water etiquette, paddling techniques, push-up techniques, and balancing. Designed with true beginners in mind, these clinics begin in shallow areas before venturing further out in the water.

Windsurfing Lessons

Windsurfing is a sport that combines the most exciting aspects of surfing and sailing. You’ll ride a board that is powered by wind on a sail, and all ages and skill levels can give it a try. We can set you up with an awesome windsurfing beginner lesson in Miami, in which the instructors guarantee that you’ll learn how to windsurf in two hours. Beginner lessons are taught three times daily and include everything you need to get started.

Kiteboarding Lessons

Kiteboarding is a water sport that combines aspects of surfing and windsurfing, as well as wakeboarding, paragliding, and gymnastics. You’ll harness the power of the wind to control a large kite across the water on a small board. Some of the popular styles of kiteboarding are  freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping, and wave-riding. You don’t have to live along the ocean to kiteboard either. We offer a Kiteboarding 101 class in South Haven, Michigan, which is just a short drive from Chicago. Lessons are offered between April and October and include classroom instruction, trainer testing, equipment instruction, rescue and launching techniques, and riding.

Photo credit: TexasEagle via Flickr

Photo credit: TexasEagle via Flickr

But no matter which extreme water sport you decide to try, there are a few general rules that you should follow to be safe out on the water.

Water Sport Tips

  • Check the temperature to decide if you want to a full wetsuit or just board shorts and a quick-dry shirt
  • Wear 40 SPF sunscreen or higher
  • Wear a leash or ankle strap to prevent your board from being swept out to sea
  • Make sure that your instructor sets you up with a board that fits your size
  • Never do water sports alone, and always bring a buddy
  • Check out a map of the area before your lesson to understand the beach’s geography in case you venture too far out and get lost
  • Check surf reports and surf forecasts in advance to understand the tides and conditions

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