Mission Bay

Mission Bay featuring a sandy beach
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Mingle with eccentric locals at bohemian beaches, soak up the sun on a Jet Ski and fish from marshy islands at San Diego’s premier water park.

Spend summer days enjoying the calm waters and gorgeous scenes of Mission Bay, a saltwater lagoon just north of downtown San Diego. This 4,200-acre (1,700-hectare) bay features pristine beaches, water sports for all ages and park attractions that bring summer to life.

Get familiar with Mission Bay on a walk, skate or bike ride along 27 miles (43 kilometers) of paths that winds around the water. This natural inlet, which has a number of green islands and peninsulas, was developed in the 1940s to be a recreational water park.

Enhance your tan at one of the beaches along the sandy shoreline. Head to Pacific Beach to surf and mingle with San Diego’s youthful crowd. Play volleyball at Crown Point. Rent a boat to waterski in the bay or cruise out into the ocean.

Explore the bay on a Jet Ski tour. When conditions are suitable, kitesurf or sail from the Mission Bay Yacht Club. Otherwise, rent a canoe, paddleboard or kayak from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

Take an adventure to Fiesta Island and stay to watch the stars come out. Spot birds nesting around the bay or fish for spotted bass. Fishing is permitted throughout Mission Bay with a California license.

Cool off with a family trip to nearby SeaWorld, where you’ll witness graceful bottlenose dolphins and sea lions swimming. Find more fun at Belmont Park where you can feel the rush of sea air from a roller coaster. For relaxing fun after dark, play a round of 18 holes at the Mission Bay Golf Course, open at night under lights.

As evening falls, head to cliffs for the best views of the changing sunset sky. Alternatively, light a beach bonfire at one of several designated fire pits and roast s’mores as the day ends. Afterward, head to one of many casual bars along the Pacific Beach promenade and dance all night in shorts and flip-flops.

Mission Bay is a short drive from downtown San Diego. Access the area easily via public bus routes.

Top Hotels Close to Mission Bay

The Dana on Mission Bay
The Dana on Mission Bay
3.5 out of 5
1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA, 92109
The price is $129 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
$129
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a marina. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,362 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

The Dana on Mission Bay
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA, 92109
The price is $224 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
$224
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,525 reviews)
"Nice, quiet and relaxing."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
4 out of 5
1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA, 92109
The price is $204 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$204
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,582 reviews)
"The property is located right on Mission Bay and has a great pool and awesome views."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
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Heritage Inn San Diego
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2 out of 5
3333 Channel Way, San Diego, CA, 92110
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Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA, 92109
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The Dana on Mission Bay
The Dana on Mission Bay
3.5 out of 5
1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA, 92109
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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
4 out of 5
1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA, 92109
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San Diego Mission Bay Resort
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
4 out of 5
1775 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA, 92109
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Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld
Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld
3 out of 5
3737 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92110
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Bahia Resort Hotel
Bahia Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA, 92109
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Motel 6 San Diego, CA – near Sea World
Motel 6 San Diego, CA – near Sea World
2 out of 5
3880 Greenwood St, San Diego, CA, 92110
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Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA, 92108
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
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