It really does not get more Californian than the South Mission Beach in San Diego: The Pacific Ocean, sunshine, volleyball courts, surf and sand.
It is a place bursting with the energy of the sun and the waves crashing on the shore, as well as the energetic vibe of the visitors who come for surfing, playing basketball, swimming, strolling on the beach, biking, skateboarding and roller skating. The classic palm trees of California sway in the breeze along the backside of the beach.
This area is known for its long line of continuous beaches, though they are identified by locals according to specific landmarks.
South Mission Beach occupies the section of beach from the main lifeguard tower in the north to the rock jetty to the south just before the channel entrance to Mission Bay. This section offers grassy areas, ample sand beaches, restrooms, picnic tables, firepits, basketball and beach volleyball courts.
The area includes interesting shops and restaurants. Visitors will also be very close to such attractions as SeaWorld San Diego and the roller coaster and fun of Belmont Park. The inland waters of Mission Bay Park provide opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing.
Swimmers and surfers have the comfort of a lifeguard presence on the beach. A large tower toward the north end of the beach is a commanding feature of the area. To the south end, a rock jetty juts out into the water and is the place where the best waves can be found. The surfing scene at the jetties in South Mission is robust.