San Diego has much more to offer than beach-front dining, a beautiful coastline, and local attractions. So what is there to do in America’s Finest City if you’re looking to get your blood pumping? How about paragliding above Torrey Pines, or jumping out of an airplane at 13,000 feet?! Here is a look at the top extreme activities in San Diego:
Torrey Pines Gliderport
Location: 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone Number: (858) 452-9858
The Torrey Pines Gliderport is sure to give even the biggest adrenaline junkies a run for their money. Offering two distinct thrill rides, the Torrey Pines Gliderport has been known as Americas most popular soaring site. Enjoy a smooth and relaxing tandem paragliding flight, or take to the winds with an exciting tandem hang gliding ride. The main difference between the two is that paragliding is easier to learn, you are in a seated position, and it’s more aerobatic based. Hang Gliding requires stronger winds, requires an actual pilot to steer the rigid wing, and requires that you lay down. Paragliding begins at $165, while hang gliding starts at $215.
Skydiving – 2 Locations There are two premier skydiving companies in the San Diego county:
Sky Dive San Diego
Location: 13531 Otay Lakes Road, Jamul, CA 91935
Phone Number: (619) 216-8416
Sky Dive San Diego offers thrilling jumps from 13,000 feet! Priced at $209 ($189 when you book online), Sky Dive San Diego specializes in large group skydives. Experience the thrill of jumping out of an airplane with all of your best friends! Sky Dive San Diego also offers a full-service skydiving facility where you can take off and land right in the same place, where your friends can watch!
Pacific Coast Skydiving
Location: 6810 Curran Street, San Diego, CA 92154
Phone Number: (619) 661-0194
Experience the thrill of free falling at 120MPH with Pacific Coast Skydiving! Departing from Brown Field, Pacific Coast is San Diego’s only skydiving company that takes you on a scenic over-water flight before every jump. Fly above Imperial Beach, the Coronado Island Bridge, Downtown San Diego, and Mexico before free falling for over 40 seconds! Once you hit 5,000 feet, enjoy a smooth trip back down to the ground. The entire parachuting experience last approximately 7 minutes, and begins at $179 when you book online.
Skysurfer Hot Air Balloon Rides
Location: Del Mar, San Diego, & Temecula
Phone Number: (858) 481-6800
Skysurfer Hot Air Balloon Rides are the premier Del Mar balloon company. As one of the oldest and most experienced balloon companies in all of Southern California, Skysurfer is a perfect attraction for an adrenaline junkie couple. Pop open the Champagne bottle and enjoy watching the sunset from between 1,000 to 2,500 feet. The entire Skysurfer hot air ballooning experience is approximately three hours long and flights are approximately forty minutes to one hour long. The Skysurfer Del Mar Sunset flight rate is $210 per person, the Temecula Sunrise flight rate is $175 per person, and couples are priced at a discount rate of $350.
Manta Wind & Water Sports – Kitesurfing
Location: Fiesta Island on Mission Bay
Phone Number: (858) 610-6000
Experience the excitement of “riding” ocean waves, “flying” through the air, and “jumping” into the sky. Kitesurfing offers guests a unique and thrilling experience with mother nature. Using the wind to guide you, surf through the water at daring speeds and make a splash with your friends! Manta Wind & Water Sports offers Kitesurfing group lessons at world famous Mission Bay. This introductory package includes an introduction to the sport, a safety overview, and Kiteboarding water skills. You have 4 hours in this lesson to learn as many skills as you can! Group lessons begin at $179 per person.
Do you have what it takes to brave one of these extreme activities? Share with us if you plan on hang gliding, skydiving, kitesurfing, or going on a hot air balloon ride by sharing your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #SDExtreme!
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