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Even at 2,500 feet in the air, you may have never have felt as still as you do inside one of Skysurfer's balloons. It's quiet?"There's no noise from engines," one passenger remarked?and balloons follow the wind's lead instead of resisting it, making the colorful aircraft's motion hardly noticeable. And because there are no windows between you and the sky, as team member Kaleena Brundage says, "You can reach out and feel the clouds that you're next to."

Skysurfer's team of FAA-certified pilots, many of whom have been with the company since its inception more than 35 years ago, boast a perfect safety record. They embark on two flights daily, one around sunrise over Temecula wine country, and one at sunset in Del Mar. Each flight can accommodate 8-16 people in the balloons' roomy wicker baskets, which are large enough for each passenger to comfortably stand at the basket's side and look out over the Pacific Ocean and surrounding countryside. Pilots pour chilled champagne to celebrate the excursion, each of which lasts from 45 to 60 minutes depending on conditions and the balloon's curfew.

2658 Del Mar Heights Rd
Del Mar,
CA
US

Kempo’s movement patterns may look beautiful—fluid, swooping kicks, graceful evasions, smooth takedowns—but underneath the beauty lies a tradition nearly 2,000 years old. Since 1968, the instructors at United Studios of Self Defense have armed students with these techniques, leading classes where participants of all ages and skill levels soak up fighting skill while galvanizing self-confidence.

But before they can share their tactics and Mortal Kombat cheat codes, the instructors themselves must be trained. Each instructor who cinches the black belt around their waist has graduated with honors from the Studio’s own rigorous training academy. The training doesn’t stop there; every week they meet with the founder himself, 10th-degree black belt Charles Mattera, who refines their strategies and instills them with advanced techniques.

2668 Del Mar Heights Rd
Del Mar,
CA
US

Equipment: English and western tack, selection of boots and helmets

Students should bring: Long pants (preferably jeans) and closed toed shoes.

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Outdoors only

Established: 2006

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Feel free to bring treats for your horse. They love carrots and apples.

2658 DEL MAR HEIGHTS RD # 165
Del Mar,
CA
US

Surf Sessions offers surf lessons, day surf camps, and overnight surf camps for over 10 years. We feature youth surf camps for boys and girls, an all-girls surf camps, teen surfcamps, and surf lessons for all ages.

13570 Mango Drive
Del Mar,
CA
US

Kayakers glide past ice shelves in the glacial waters of Patagonia. A continent over, hikers pose for a picture at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro—the highest point in Africa—before looking out onto the Tanzanian landscape. The Southern Terrain's team of licensed, bonded, and insured outdoor enthusiasts coordinates once-in-a-lifetime trips like these to storied destinations around the world.

To facilitate safe and memorable experiences, fitness experts arrange adventure-training programs so that explorers arrive ready not only to climb, hike, and kayak, but also to handle elevated altitudes. The professionally guided excursions typically maintain a traveler-to-guide ratio of eight to one. To support eco-friendly travel, The Southern Terrain partners with the nonprofit program iJourney Green, which helps adventurers to sustain the parts the world they visit.

325 1/2 8th St
Del Mar,
CA
US

12845 El Camino Real
San Diego,
CA
US