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Mission Beach

A favorite vacation spot for 100 years, this seaside village combines old-fashioned charm with modern amenities.

People have been coming to Mission Beach to top up their tans since the 1920s, when the first holiday homes were built along its shores. Development increased in the 1960s and today this is a thriving, affluent oceanfront suburb. Thankfully, though, it hasn’t lost its old-fashioned charm. Stroll along the boardwalk that runs the length of the beach and enjoy the relaxed, carnival atmosphere courtesy of street performers, roller bladers and skateboarders, and the occasional artist selling jewelry or other crafts. 

People-watching is a sport in itself at Mission Beach. Venture into the breakers with a boogie board, rent a bike or blades and weave amongst the crowds, or join in an impromptu volleyball game. Just half a mile (805 meters) off-shore lies the remains of shipwrecks, and a number of dive companies will take you down for a look. If you prefer to see your fish on the end of a line, then cast away from the jetty at the south end of the beach. 

Belmont Park is the main commercial attraction, featuring the Giant Dipper, an old-fashioned wooden roller coaster. On the Octotron, you control the speed and direction of your ride, while Vertical Plunge will take you straight up and down on a thrilling three-story ride. Kids love the gentler pace of Tilt-A-Whirl, and all the family will enjoy bumper cars and the Liberty Carousel. Admission to the park is free; purchase unlimited ride wristbands at the ticket desk.  

There’s no need to dress up for a night out at Mission Beach, as the bars and restaurants all have a relaxed vibe, in keeping with the area’s origins as a vacation destination. The beach is well-serviced with toilets and showers, but parking fills up early in the day. It would be wise to make your way here via bike or public transport.


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Lodging Near Mission Beach

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Bahia Resort Hotel

Bahia Resort Hotel

998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
4.1
of 5, from 1,827 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Only 8 miles from the airport, Bahia Resort Hotel is secluded on a 14-acre peninsula along the shores of Mission Bay, just 1 block from Mission Beach and a short ride from Pacific Beach.

Island 3 Condo by RedAwning

Island 3 Condo by RedAwning

3213 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in San Diego, this condo is steps from Mission Beach Boardwalk and Mission Beach. SeaWorld is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

Isthmusth Townhome by RedAwning

Isthmusth Townhome by RedAwning

3235 Strandway, San Diego
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Diego, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Beach Boardwalk and Mission Beach. SeaWorld is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

$139
The Dana on Mission Bay

The Dana on Mission Bay

1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
4.1
of 5, from 2,976 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Adjacent to San Diego's Mission Bay, this 13-acre hotel is within 2 miles of SeaWorld and Mission Beach, and 6 miles of the San Diego Zoo.

Mike s Place at the Beach

Mike s Place at the Beach

718 Jamaica Court, San Diego
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in San Diego, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Beach Boardwalk and Mission Beach. SeaWorld is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.