Mission Beach

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A great place for the family or a romantic, seaside stroll, Mission Beach offers two miles of outdoor entertainment. A must—see San Diego attraction, the scenic, sandy beach embodies the laid—back California beach community lifestyle. You can take surfing lessons, rent Rollerblades, and wander the many shops, restaurants and cafes in the area.
Mission Beach is clean and safe, and it’s an ideal location to people—watch while soaking up the sun.

Activities and Athletics

Located at West Mission Bay Drive at Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach has a number of amenities that make it one of San Diego’s most popular outdoor destinations.

If you want to get some exercise to work off those delicious San Diego margaritas, the beach has a path for joggers and cyclists, as well as multiple volleyball courts. If you’re a cyclist, bring your bike to Mission Beach— you will enjoy the long, scenic bike path that stretches miles down the coastline— and for those looking for a long, serious ride, start at Mission Beach and keep going until you get to downtown La Jolla.

Skateboarding, sunbathing Frisbee tossing and even playing a game of horseshows are other popular Mission Beach activities. If you feel like being active without breaking a sweat, you can tour the beach on a rental Segway. After a day of sand and sea, head to the adjacent Belmont Park, where you can ride the infamous Giant Dipper roller coaster, among dozens of other amusement park attractions.

On the Boardwalk

Also known as the Oceanfront Boardwalk, the Mission Beach Boardwalk is the place to go for ice cream, snacks and souvenirs. To get a good parking spot near the Boardwalk, it’s best to arrive before 10am. After that, the spots fill up and finding parking can be challenging. You will appreciate the architecture of the old beaches houses still standing, mostly built in between 1920 and 1940.