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9 Cool Retreat Activities in San Diego to Bond Your Team

San Diego is one of the West Coast’s top seaside cities, offering some of the best weather on the Californian coast. Whether your team enjoys sailing or surfing — or would rather stay on shore and explore the desert and mountain scenery — San Diego has a variety of locations to choose from for an exciting corporate retreat. Pick one of these great retreat activities in San Diego, or choose a venue on Peerspace to design your own program from scratch. Whichever option you choose, your team will return to the office feeling refreshed and energized, ready to work together on a new product or milestone.

1. Plan a corporate beach retreat with Visit Oceanside

Just a short drive up the coast, Oceanside is perfect for a weekend getaway or full-day retreat. Plan your trip with Visit Oceanside to incorporate a combination of team-building activities, such as indoor skydiving or a Bootcamp by the Beach led by retired Navy SEALS. You can also find less intense activities, including escape rooms, whale watching, and more. Oceanside’s lively tourist district will ensure that your team has plenty of dining and nightlife options, too.

2. Find a unique gathering place on Peerspace

For a truly impressive retreat experience, surprise your employees with a beautiful Peerspace location rental and customized schedule of activities for them to enjoy. Choose from a classy indoor/outdoor event space with a pool in La Jolla or a spacious hillside villa in Ramona.

Since the locations on Peerspace are listed by local hosts, you’ll find personalized touches that you won’t find in a more traditional and corporate event venue. Ask your host for catering recommendations or A/V equipment and furniture rentals. Why not hire a photographer and get corporate headshots in a beautiful off-site location? If you need additional help planning your event, the Peerspace Concierge service can help you book everything you need with one easy phone call.

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3. Hit the waves with San Diego Surf School

Make the most of being close to the beach with a corporate retreat organized by San Diego Surf School. Groups of up to 50 people can enjoy their time on the waves, with surfboards and other gear included. In addition to personalized instruction with a 3:1 student-teacher ratio, your team will get souvenir hats, T-shirts, and photos to commemorate the experience.

4. Play team-building games at the Puzzalarium

Puzzalarium puts a new twist on the escape room with an interactive game called “The Floor is Lava.” Groups of up to 25 compete on two teams in a role-playing game similar to “Werewolf.” As you ask questions, attempt to mislead each other, and vote on which island to “sink,” you’ll get to practice your teamwork and persuasive skills all while trying not to step on the lava!

The Puzzalarium has other activities available, too, including customized events created just for your team. Visit their Hillcrest venue, which fits up to 35 players, or bring them to your Peerspace venue to create some of the most inventive retreat activities in San Diego!

5. Build sandcastles at Kona Kai Resort

Kona Kai resort offers team-building activities in a beautiful waterfront location. In addition to their cooking challenges, such as a cake bake-off and guacamole-making competition, they also offer unique outdoor activities like sandcastle building and human foosball. With a variety of meeting spaces and catering options available, this is a great venue for an all-day retreat not far from the city.

6. Host a retreat at the Museum of Natural History

Head to Balboa Park for a day at the San Diego Museum of Natural History. The museum has a range of event spaces suitable for groups of 100 to 1,800. Explore the exhibits, work together to solve the clues at the Botanic Panic escape room, or enjoy a catered reception after hours in one of the museum’s great halls.

The educational component of this venue makes it a great option for out-of-town teams that want to learn more about the region. You can visit interactive exhibits like Fossil Mysteries and Coast to Cactus, then watch the sunset from the 2,600-square-foot El Mirador Rooftop Terrace, which has one of the best views in Balboa Park.

7. Explore the outdoors with Hike Bike Kayak

Hike Bike Kayak offers exciting retreat activities in San Diego for teams that enjoy the outdoors. One of their classic itineraries is a kayak trip to the La Jolla Sea Caves. You’ll have the option to rent wetsuits and waterproof camera cases before heading onto the water. Look out for dolphins, turtles, and sea lions, and go for a swim in the cove before having lunch on the beach.

The team at Hike Bike Kayak can incorporate team-building games into your day and even offer prizes for your employees to take home with them. If kayaking isn’t your thing, you can choose from snorkeling, bike tours, and other year-round outdoor activities.

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8. Visit the wild animals at Lions, Tigers, & Bears Sanctuary

San Diego is known for its Wild Animal Park, but that isn’t the only place you can see some of the world’s most exotic animals up close. The Lions, Tigers, and Bears Sanctuary is a 93-acre sanctuary that rescues animals that have been mistreated in zoos and circuses. It’s one of the only accredited sanctuaries of its kind in the United States.

Corporate groups can host retreats and catered receptions at one of the outdoor pavilions, or you can take a behind-the-scenes tour and feed the animals yourself. Although the venue is a strict no-contact facility, a visit to the sanctuary is an exciting experience for any team.

9. Have a sailing race with Harbor Sailboats

Encourage your team to work as a real crew with a sailing competition on San Diego Bay. Your group will split up into teams of six and learn how to work together to sail their vessel under the eye of a licensed captain. The race lasts around two-and-a-half hours, and you can customize your outing with catering, branded gear, awards, and professional photography.

Give your team the true Southern Californian experience by participating in one of these epic retreat activities in San Diego. Whether you choose one activity or mix and match a few, we think you’ll find the perfect team-building experience to bond your team. Remember, you can always also browse the listings on Peerspace for more venue options and a customized retreat experience.

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