The Grand Del Mar resort's backyard is landscaped with the spectacular natural scenery of the stunning 4,100-acre Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, a naturalist's haven and an outdoor enthusiast's playground.
Combine this with the legendary Southern California coastline – a mere five-mile drive away – and the opportunities to take in the San Diego sunshine are seemingly endless.
Miles of scenic beaches implore an abundance of scenic activities. Learn how to surf. Take a deep sea fishing excursion. Or test your sea legs aboard a stately yacht or sailboat. Scuba diving, snorkeling, water and jet skiing, motorboating and kayaking add to the vast recreational choices.
The Grand Beach Service
Just five miles away, the alluring Pacific Ocean beckons, and The Grand Del Mar's beach service offers an easy way to soak up the San Diego sun. Service includes roundtrip transportation to/from Del Mar's 18th Street beach, beach towels, bottled waters and set-up of beach chairs and umbrellas.
Complimentary for resort guests, based on availability.
24-hour advanced notice requested.
Kayak the 7 Caves of La Jolla
Experience amazing ocean and wildlife views on a two-hour kayak tour of the La Jolla Sea Caves, and the fascinating marine paradise of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Guided by a passionate and well-trained kayak enthusiast, this excursion welcomes even first-time kayakers for a chance to see seals, sea lions and sometimes dolphins in the gentle waves of the Pacific.
$50 per person / $90 double kayak
Whether you are a beginner who wants to try surfing for the first time or an advanced surfer looking to take it to the next level, head to the beach for a private surf lesson. Adult, kids, family and group lessons are all available. Surfboard and wet suit rentals included.
Private lessons start at $85 per hour.
La Jolla Segway® Tour
Discover La Jolla on a Segway® Personal Transporter, the “Bike of the Future.” During your two-hour guided tour, you will learn how to ride a Segway® and explore popular sites, such as Seal Beach, Sonny Jim’s Cave, Windansea Beach and more. Comfortable attire and suitable footwear recommended.
$149 per person
Seven-day cancellation notice required.
Daily Sunset Sail
There’s simply no better way to take in the beauty of San Diego’s downtown skyline than from the water. Embark on a three-hour sail and take in the sights, including Cabrillo National Monument, possible wildlife and a beautiful sunset – California style.
$85 per person
Complimentary beverages and snacks are provided.
Torrey Pines Cliff Top to The Pacific
A descent from the famous cliff top groves of Torrey Pines State Reserve to the pristine beach below offers a unique perspective of the area's mysterious coastal ecosystems. This private guided two-hour, moderate downhill hike is approximately 2.5 miles with sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Suitable footwear recommended.
$75 adults / $35 youth (ages 12 – 17)
Enjoy a two-hour guided coastal hike along La Jolla's historic Cliffside Trail. You'll learn about sea life, nesting birds, Native American lore and beach culture on this moderate three-mile tour. The trail is mostly paved with some hilly sections. Suitable footwear recommended.
$75 adults / $35 youth (ages 12 – 17)
From the rejuvenating, four-mile canyon to waterfall hike to a leisurely horseback ride, this Southern California resort offers a wide variety of activities in the adjacent Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. This San Diego landmark's 37 miles of trails afford endless bicycling, jogging and hiking adventures with breathtaking scenery.
Canyon to Waterfall Hike
Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Discover prehistoric pasts, an abundance of flora, wildlife communities, flowing creeks, waterfalls and scenic vistas along this guided hike. The tour is four miles and moderately strenuous. Suitable footwear recommended.
Complimentary for resort guests (ages 12 and up)
Register by 7:00 pm, Friday. Limited availability.
Private hikes also available: $75 adults / $35 youth (ages 12 and up)
Adventures on Wheels
Cycling and mountain biking provide fast-paced outdoor adventures in an environment tailor-made for two wheels. Bike the scenic paved trails conveniently located next to the resort, or for the more adventurous, enjoy the more than 37 miles of mountain biking trails located in Los Peñasquitos Canyon. Suitable footwear recommended.
Bike rentals: $45 per day
Private guided 2-hour canyon tours: $105 adults / $65 youth (ages 12 – 17)
24-hour advanced reservations required.
Self-Guided Scenic Trails
Visit the Concierge for a trail map, featuring self-guided walking or jogging routes along the resort's perimeter with views of the beautiful canyon.
What better way to soak up the San Diego sun than with an afternoon of outdoor fun? Whether playing a friendly game of bocce or croquet, or savoring all the scenic beauty with a gourmet picnic, your venture into the Grand Outdoors will remind you just how important it is to stop and smell the roses.
Bocce and Croquet
Play a leisurely game of bocce or croquet on the expansive garden lawn – great for the entire family or a little friendly competition.
Complimentary for resort guests.
Gourmet Picnic Baskets
The resort’s café, Cent' Anni, can prepare a gourmet picnic basket for your outdoor adventure. Basket "fillings" are selected from the à la carte menu and include a variety of snack items; chilled salads and sandwiches; a selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie; whole fruit, dried fruit and nuts; wines by the bottle and assorted beverages.
Pricing is à la carte. Baskets and coolers may be loaned or purchased. To order, contact our Concierge at 858.314.1988.
From culinary events and seasonal fun to daily fitness classes and outdoor adventures, there’s always something new at this beautiful San Diego resort.Explore Activity Calendar
Plan Your Itinerary
Endless options offer something for everyone – the active enthusiast, the spirited adventurer, the young at heart and the true romantic. Begin planning your Grand Moment with our custom-tailored itineraries.View Itineraries