Just when I thought I’d seen it all, I came around a corner and joined a sand volleyball game. And later that night four of us got together for canasta…

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Additional Activities

Whether you pick up a guitar in our Guest Lounge, sit down at the piano, decide to join a sand volleyball game, or put binoculars around your neck and set off in search of a lazuli bunting…the Ranch activities don’t center entirely around fitness classes! These additional activities provide a relaxing getaway—and our golf option is literally a getaway: We transport you to a nearby championship course in the U.S..

Birdwatching

Accordion 125x100_add_3We provide the binoculars. The birds provide the show! The Ranch is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with 160 species seen on what might you call our property’s “life list.” Some of the more noted or unusual (at least for this area) species seen at the Ranch include Zone-tail Hawk, Downy Woodpecker. Varied Thrush, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Hepatic Tanager, Brown Thrasher (the first sighting ever in Baja California occurred here from November 2008 to May 2009. Some common Ranch birds that are not widespread in North America include California Thrasher, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, Wrentit, and Hutton’s Vireo.

For complete details on our birdwatching programs, click here.

Golf

Accordion 125x100_add_Rancho La Puerta provides guests the opportunity to play golf on the rolling greens of the Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul, California, for an extra fee.

Your 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. golf day includes an 18-hole round, cart rental, clubs rental (if necessary), box lunch and transportation to and from the Ranch. (The fee is reduced to $120 if you bring your own clubs, but why bother with extra airline baggage? Steele Canyon’s rental sets are top-flight).

Group or individual lessons can be arranged with the pros at Steele Canyon for an additional fee. Ask one of our reservation specialists for more details of our golf day. The golf option is available Thursdays, weather (and guest interest) permitting.

Sand Volleyball

Accordion 125x100_add_2Dig, set, serve and spike during an open volleyball game with one of our fitness staff members, who will include a brief warm-up and introduction to beginning and advanced techniques of the sport. Does the thought of jumping and sliding make your knees hurt already? Try our sand court – it’s easier on the joints and more forgiving for those hard landings.

Pickleball

The fastest growing sport in North America.   A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels, you can learn to play in your first hour on the court. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.  A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.  Played with a paddle and a plastic ball, in both, indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.

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