Mission Beach

Spend a day with family in Mission Beach! Visit Belmont Park for roller coasters and rides, or ride the waves at the beach surfing, paddle boarding, and kiteboarding. Visit SeaWorld, go for a bike ride, enjoy the local cafés, visit unique shopping boutiques or catch the sunset on the boardwalk.
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Mission Beach is a relaxed neighborhood on the west side of Mission Bay Park to the north of Ocean Beach and just south of Pacific Beach. Despite being removed from the hustle of downtown San Diego, this neighborhood is conveniently located for getting to many of the city’s most popular attractions.

The area features two miles of oceanfront & bayfront boardwalk with sandy beaches on both sides. If you want to enjoy the classic feel of a shoreside town with a San Diego twist, this is the perfect place for you. Mission Beach is a popular destination for both locals and visitors.

Anyone who enjoys water sports such as surfing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding or boating will love staying in Mission Beach. With the incredible surf on the ocean side and calmer waters of the bay, there is something for everyone.

The beach that gives the neighborhood its name is a long stretch of white sand. There are lifeguard towers and good surfing and swimming that help make the beach an enjoyable place to hang out even for casual beachgoers.

Mission Beach has a lot to offer anyone who wants to stay active while visiting the city. With walking, jogging and biking routes along the boardwalk and in the parks, it is easy to get a little exercise.

Of course, you can also just relax out in the sun. This neighborhood is relatively sleepy for being part of a major city. Take the time to sit back and bask in the warm weather if you want to.

Like all oceanside neighborhoods in San Diego, Mission Beach has some incredible views of the sunset. Since the coastline is a beach, it is a little lower than some other spots. However, a short trip to Point Loma or La Jolla, both close by, will help you get an even more stunning view from the bluffs.

For attractions, Mission Beach is right next to SeaWorld San Diego. It also has Belmont Park, a classic boardwalk amusement park right in the middle of the neighborhood. Whatever you want to do to pass the time, you can find it while staying in Mission Beach.

Overall, this is a wonderful place to stay during your trip to San Diego. Whether you make a day trip here or make it your launching point, spend some time in Mission Beach.

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Get a thrill in Mission Beach! Ride rollercoasters in Belmont Park, or go surfing, kiteboarding, and paddle boarding. Don’t forget to pay a visit to SeaWorld!

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The Go San Diego Pass allows visitors to experience more attractions while simultaneously saving money.

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Beach Fire Pits
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Beach Volleyball
Belmont Park
Belmont Park
Biking
Biking
Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding
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Paddle Boarding
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SeaWorld San Diego
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Skateboarding
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Sunbathing
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Surfing
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Swimming

Things to Do in Mission Beach

Mission Beach is one of the most interesting places to stay in San Diego. It offers a great combination of coastal activities, a relaxing vibe and convenient access to the rest of the city.

Exploring the Mission Beach Boardwalk

The centerpiece of Mission Beach is the boardwalk. It stretches along the oceanside section of town, right by the beach. In total, the boardwalk is about two miles long.

Thanks to the consistently mild weather in San Diego, the boardwalk is lively almost all year-round. It is especially popular with young adults (and those still young at heart). There are plenty of bars and other nightlife spots along the way for anyone seeking refreshments.

The boardwalk is also a popular place for walking, biking, skateboarding and running. Overall, it is a well-kept and enjoyable ocean walkway.

Visiting Belmont Park in Mission Beach

Along the boardwalk lies Belmont Park. This classic, coastal amusement park is a great place to spend some time. The park has been around since 1925 but has been renovated and modernized several times.

Rides include a wooden roller coaster, bumper cars, a carousel, a vertical plunge and many other options. There are also games, food and more. If you have nostalgic memories of boardwalk carnivals, this is the perfect place for you.

The Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster is a must-ride for anyone who enjoys coasters. Along with its namesake in Santa Cruz, this is the only wooden coaster on the west coast designed by famed-builders Frank Prior and Frederick Church. It is also a designated national historic landmark.

Entertainment in Mission Beach

There are a lot of nightlife venues along the boardwalk. If you want to catch a live band or other such show, just check the local schedules for the time of your trip. Sometimes the best entertainment is down on the beach in the evenings.

Alternatively, you can find a lot of family-friendly events in Belmont Park. Traveling further into San Diego, there are numerous options for theaters and other shows.

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Looking for Good Coffee?
Better Buzz Coffee Shop in Mission Beach on Mission Blvd at Queenstown Court is a great local coffee shop place to grab coffee or a quick bite to eat. Check it out!

Mission Bay Parks

There are several parks throughout Mission Beach and the bay. For example, you can head to the south end of the neighborhood and check out Mission Point Park next to the channel. Alternatively, travel a little further north and spend some time at Sunset Point Park or even relax to a bonfire and enjoy the sunset.

Many of these parks are pleasant green spaces that are perfect for sitting and enjoying the San Diego weather. Several of them, such as Mission Point Park & Bonita Cove, have playgrounds, restrooms and other facilities. All in all, the parks around Mission Beach are well-kept and great for families.

Mission Bay Golf Course

If you want to hit the links, head to Mission Bay Golf Course. This is an 18-hole executive course, meaning it has no par-fives. Despite that, it is a surprisingly challenging course to take on and a joy for avid golfers.

There are many other golf courses around San Diego if you want something longer or less difficult. However, if you want a course with nights for evening play, Mission Bay Golf Course is the top choice.

Beach and Watersports in Mission Beach

The neighborhood gets its name from the long stretch of beach along its oceanside. The white sand is the perfect place to relax in the sun. If you are hitting the beach, remember to bring an umbrella because there is almost no natural shade.

Of course, the beach is good for more than just sunning yourself. These are a few of the popular activities in Mission Beach.

Surfing

San Diego is one of the nation’s surfing capitals. Both of the beaches in Mission Beach have good surfing; down in south Mission Beach at the jetty and on the main beach in Mission Beach. There are often classes available from local instructors.

Beach Volleyball

This classic beach game is always popular. The flat sand in the area is perfect for setting up a net. In fact, in South Mission Beach, there are already poles for the nets in the sand. Just bring your net & balls and get a game going.

Paddle Boarding

For a slightly slower-paced water sport, consider paddle boarding. Stand-up paddle boards are a lot of fun and surprisingly easy to get the hang of, even for beginners.

Sailing

Sailing is a popular activity in the area. If you want to learn to sail or take your own boat out, this is a great spot to launch from. There are various places where you can rent a sailboat along the bayside, on Santa Clara Point you will find Mission Bay Sportcenter and Mission Bay Aquatic Center both will rent you boats and all the gear to get you sailing.

Motor Watercraft

Similarly, you can rent motorboats and personal watercraft. The temperate waters and especially good for riding a jet ski.

There are plenty of affordable rentals for beach gear and more. You could spend an entire vacation just along the beach and boardwalk because there is so much to do.

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Places to Stay in Mission Beach

There are several hotels located throughout Mission Beach, to the north in Pacific Beach and just to the east along Mission Bay Park. Whether you want a familiar brand on a boutique, coastal inn, you can find something that is perfect for your needs.

One of our favorite places to stay is The Dana on Mission Bay. This bayside resort is the perfect place to stay where you can explore the beaches of Mission Beach and get to relax on Mission Bay.

Alternatively, consider a vacation rental. There are plenty of beach houses available along the boardwalk on either the bay or beach side.

No matter where you choose to stay, your visit to Mission Beach will be a memorable one. This neighborhood is a wonderful slice of San Diego with plenty of coastal activities and sights to enjoy.

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The Dana on Mission Bay
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Museums
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Not sure where to stay if you want access to a marina, beaches, and all of San Diego? The Dana on Mission Bay checks all the boxes, whether here for work or play.
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Attractions Near Mission Beach

Mission Beach is well-located for anyone who wants to explore the rest of the city. The neighborhood is between top sites such as the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, Point Loma and La Jolla. If you want to explore more of the city, these are a few popular choices:

La Jolla

Take a trip further north to La Jolla. This area is home to several popular San Diego beaches including La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores. If you make the trip during the evening, make sure to stop on the cliffs to watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean.

Old Town San Diego

Just past Mission Bay lies the oldest settled part of the city and the state. The historic Old Town State Park includes some impressive architecture, restaurants and shops. This can be a fun place to explore for a few hours. There are even ghost tours on weekend nights for the brave!

Balboa Park

Further in toward downtown is Balboa Park. This 1,200-acre urban park is one of the most popular centers of culture in the city. It features expansive green spaces, theaters, many museums and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo

Nestled within Balboa Park is the world-famous San Diego Zoo. With over 100 acres of open-air and natural-feeling habitats, this zoo is a must-see for any visitors in the city. It is widely considered one of the best zoos in the world.

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is almost immediately outside of Mission Beach in the bay. This water-themed amusement park is well known for its exhibits and shows featuring different marine life.

Get a Go San Diego Pass

The Go San Diego Pass will get you into many of San Diego’s popular attractions for one low discounted price. You will be able to access the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, most museums in Balboa Park as well as get a surfboard, kayak and paddle board rentals. You can also get an added discount if you purchase the Go San Diego Pass through our website.

Cabrillo National Monument

Check out some of the city’s history by heading to Point Loma. At the southern tip of this peninsula is the landing place of the first Europeans on what is now the west coast of the United States. The monument area is very beautiful with several interesting landmarks.

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