Vacation Isle Park

Looking for the perfect beach for a full day of picnicking and relaxing with friends and family? Visit Vacation Isle Park to enjoy the grassy areas and sandy beaches.
Why you'll love this beach
Why you'll love this beach
Have a Picnic, Throw a Frisbee and Experience Remote-controlled Boats on the Pond
Vacation Isle Park
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Overview

North Cove Beach on Vacation Isle, Mission BaySunset Over with Vacation Isle in Mission Bay

In the middle of Mission Bay Park, a man-made body of water in San Diego, sits Vacation Isle. This little island is home to Paradise Point Resort & Spa and Ski Beach, but the southern third of the island is known as Vacation Isle Park, and it’s a fabulous place to spend a day with your family or friends.

Vacation Isle Park is a little different from some of the other parks because it’s divided into two halves, east and west, and in the center is a little treasure that puts this city park on many people’s must-see list: an unassuming rectangular pond with a unique activity.

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Things to Do

Kayaking
Kayaking
Running
Running
Sailing
Sailing
Sunbathing
Sunbathing

Worth the Trip to Vacation Isle Park

Grassy Areas, Fire Pits & Gazebos

Vacation Isle East isn’t so different from Vacation Isle West; these two parts of the park both have wide grassy areas that are perfect for picnics or a game of Frisbee or cornhole, while the sandy beaches are beloved by sun worshipers who love to lay out and soak up the rays – with regular application of sunscreen, of course.

Both sides of the park have picnic tables in the grass, and on the beach, fire rings dot the sand for safe bonfire spots, a beloved nighttime activity with San Diego beach goers. The park also has shade trees to give you a break from the sun. In Vacation Isle East, however, there is a gazebo with picnic tables that you may be able to reserve for larger gatherings.

Beaches at Vacation Isle Park

The beaches of Vacation Isle Park are lovely, to be sure, but they do not afford you much in the way of water access; in fact, they have a rocky barrier that prevents easy entry. Needless to say, this is not the beach you go to for swimming or boogie boarding, but it is a beautiful place to see SeaWorld San Diego or Downtown San Diego off in the distance. You can also stroll along the sand to watch the clouds or birds go by.

Pond at Vacation Isle Park

But let’s go back to that pond in the center of the park, which is a big draw for visitors. The pond is used for racing model yachts and sailboats, and these are not kids’ toys we are talking about. Model boat enthusiasts bring their hand-crafted remote-controlled boats for races, and the boats themselves are a marvel to behold.

On Saturday mornings, the yachts are out in full force, while the afternoons are better for sailboats to take advantage of the breeze. A hobby group known as the San Diego Argonauts has a calendar of events you can check out to plan your visit when races take place.

Stay at Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Located just next to Vacation Isle Park is the gorgeous Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The Paradise Point Resort & Spa boasts private beaches on Mission Bay and 5 different swimming pools on its huge property. There is even a bar / restaurant that has a dock where guests or visitors can dock their boats while they eat at Barefoot Bar & Grill.

How to Get There & Parking

Free Parking
Free Parking
Lot Parking
Lot Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Neighborhood Parking

As with much of San Diego, getting to Vacation Isle Park isn’t difficult. Just take Sea World Drive off I-5 and follow it to Ingraham Street. This street runs through the length of Vacation Isle, and the Park is on the opposite side of the street from Ski Beach.

Both East and West each have a separate parking lot, and with a capacity of around 200 cars for each side, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a space. Keep in mind that beautiful sunny days and model boat races will bring the masses, so plan to get there early to find a parking spot.

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Know Before You Go & Tips

Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Firepits
Firepits
Large Group Gatherings
Large Group Gatherings
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Camping
No Camping
No Glass Containers
No Glass Containers
No Motorized Vehicles
No Motorized Vehicles
No Smoking
No Smoking
Picnic Tables
Picnic Tables
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
Shade
Shade
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Fun Facts & Tips

Not a Camping Park

This is not a camping park, so do not plan to stay overnight. The park operates between 4am and 10pm, so you still have plenty of time to watch the sunset or enjoy s'mores around the bonfire.

Dogs Allowed but only During Certain Hours

Yes, you can bring your dog with you, but not between the hours of 9am to 6pm. If you do plan to take your pup in the early morning or evening, be sure to have it on a leash and pick up after it so that the park is clean for everyone.

Not a Swimming Beach

Since this is not a swimming beach, it does not have a lifeguard on duty. There are not any playgrounds in either East or West, but that doesn’t mean your children won’t enjoy a day at the park.

Vacation Isle Park
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Picnicking
Picnicking
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Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Fire Pits
Fire Pits
Restrooms Available
Restrooms Available
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available
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