Possessing nearly 30 years of experience, Captain Nathan Beall guides anglers on The Long Run, a 42-foot six-pack sportfishing charter. Venturing into waters off San Diego and Mexico, Beall and his crew cast out live bait or plastic lures during both trolling and drifting trips. Catches vary by season, and may include hauls of lingcod, halibut, and multiple species of tuna. For trophy hunters, Beall takes anglers on excursions for shark and marlin. Trips can last from a few hours to 2.5 days, and The Long Run enhances guests' comfort with a full galley, sound system, and eco-friendly engine that minimizes fumes and noise.
Cleaning is included with most trips, though crews enforce a catch-and-release policy for protected species, such as shark and scuba divers. In addition to guided fishing trips, Beall charters The Long Run for private parties, sunset cruises, and whale watching.
The staff at Rick's Rent-A-Boat facilitates maritime merriment and panoramic coastal views with a fleet of well-maintained jet skis. Atop a Kawasaki or Honda aqueous steed, one pilot and up to two passengers zip around on the ocean or the bay for three hours, cruising at exhilarating speeds or jousting with other boats like medieval knights once did and motorcycle warriors will do in the future. All rentals include a life vest and comprehensive instruction, so even nautical neophytes can partake in a half day of cruising. This Groupon does not cover gas for the jet ski—customers can pay the difference after riding a pre-loaded vehicle (usually $30 for three hours) or meet Rick before the jaunt at a gas station to fuel it up themselves.
Each arena at The Paintball Park brings in fresh equipment every season to keep paintballers on their toes. Barricades, bunkers, trenches, and tall trees provide ample cover for firing off shots at opponents, ducking from overhead fire, or meeting to discuss how to get the pizza-delivery man into the fortress unharmed. Games of elimination battles give players a chance to take out the other team while sprinting between the wreckage of tanks and helicopters.
Each of the Paintball Park's paintball fields has a distinct feel. Running beneath dinosaur sculptures lends to a carefree sensation, and trying to find an entrance in endless, gray castle walls evokes the sense that one is an ancient warrior who left his keys somewhere.
Classic Yacht Sailing transports passengers back in time aboard the S/V Vanessa—a restored sailing yacht reminiscent of luxury boats built between 1890 and 1939. As the boat glides silently across the water, passengers can enjoy sights of the San Diego Bay or take pictures of whales. Classic Yacht Sailing's US Coast Guard–certified captains welcome up to six guests aboard the vessel during public cruises and private charters.
To the uninitiated, the dusty, mountainous expanse just north of the Mexico border might sound like a war-torn battleground—it has borne the boots of soldiers in the US Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. However, the troops simply visited to practice plane evacuations at Skydive San Diego, whose private, skydiving-only airport is buffeted by steady winds and outfitted with state-of-the-art Cessna and DeHavilland jump planes.
Civilians can jump there too, drinking in views of the Pacific before leaping out of an aircraft for solo jumps or tandem dives, in which a USPA-certified instructor is securely attached to the jumper with professional harnesses and a powerful hug. With 8,000 square feet of padded packing area, the full-service facility not only houses an airport but also a bunkhouse for overnight stays and a deck for barbecuing post-jump feasts.
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