Adventure Vacation Travel Guide for California - Ideas for Planning Your Trip



Hanggliding from the Glider Port in La Jolla at Torrey Pines near the Torrey Pines Golf Course

Adventure travelers are taking California by Storm to Enjoy the Great Outdoors. Half of the mature national population in the U.S. has enjoyed what's considered an adventure trip during the last five years.
Skydiving, whitewater rafting and scuba diving are some of the more adventuresome activities that some consider extreme--and of course not all of the 98 million adults who've enjoyed the adventure vacation partake of activities quite so strenuous, that require training or certification.  An added benefit to having fun or a thrill is the calorie count of such adventures. 

Surfing schools have become popular and offer lessons that generally will have you up on a board catching a wave within half an hour or less. You'll find such schools starting at San Diego in the south (Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach are a few), in La Jolla, and a popular surfing spot with its own California Surfing Museum, Oceanside.

Torrey Pines Gliderport is a paragliding schools, offering expert lessons, a fantastic location and reputation as one of the finest ports in North America . Hang gliding (including tandem), paragliding or sailplane flights are all offered with certified instructors. While lessons and instruction are required for solo flights that you probably won't get to take on your first lesson, you'll get the "hang" of it soon and be soaring above California's oceans and beaches with the ease of an eagle. It's extremely popular and offers quite a contrast to the greens of Torrey Pines Golf Course at the edge of the Gliderport. Two excellent hotels on site offer upscale accommodations that are simply worth it if you have the bucks. And one is nearly double the other in cost. From a hotel room at The Lodge at Torrey Pines you'll be able to see the gliding activity, as you can at its next door neighbor, the Hilton. Both hotels also sit on the edge of the public golf course, Torrey Pines Golf Course, a PGA ranked course (one of the only such courses in the United States.)

As you head up coast, you'll find surfing's big every step of the way. If you don't stop in Oceanside, you have at least five places to learn how to do it in Orange County.  San Clemente is a mecca for surfing, and you'll find surf rentals and lessons near the San Clemente Pier. North of there, Thalia Street Surf Shop on PCH and Thalia Street can suit you up for your big date with the Pacific Ocean. Moving north, Newport Beach offers two locations with rentals that will have saying, "Surf's up!" Next to the Balboa Pier are surf rentals, and right by the Newport Pier are more. Either choice is fine. But moving on to north Orange County beaches you may want to learn how to surf from our buddies at Zack's Beach Resort (catering, concessions and surfing lessons). You can call them at (714) 536-0215 to set up you appointment. Surfboard, wetsuit and a lesson are packaged for one price which used to cost around $60 -80 for a n hour of surfing. Over at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, lessons are offered by an on-staff crew.
And if that's not for you, stop and stay in affordable Seal Beach at the new Best Western for an overnighter, then a kite surf lesson. ....> more





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