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.
Beachgoers Sunbathing in South Mission Beach
South Mission, A Great Destination
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 Amusement Park. The inland waters of Mission Bay Park provide opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing.
South Mission beach seems isolated but it is close to Pacific Beach that is just north, about a mile or so, and just south of Ocean Beach that is across the Mission Bay Jetty.
Surfers in the Line up at South Mission
Good Swimming & Great Surf
There is good swimming at the north end of South Mission Beach, just in front of Belmont Park. The beach is also very wide open and great for sunbathing.
To the south end, a rock jetty juts out into the water where Mission Bay opens to the Pacific Ocean. This Jetty, known as South Mission Beach Jetty, makes great surf as the waves bounce off of the rock jetty and form better and more powerful waves. The surfing scene at South Mission Jetty is robust.
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.