Mission Bay

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Mission Bay featuring a sandy beach

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.

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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
The price is $159 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Located in the heart of San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Bay, Bahia Point Beach, and SeaWorld. Belmont Park and Dog Beach are also within ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,052 reviews)
"The bill was over $300 a night."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

The Dana on Mission Bay
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is $239 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in San Diego, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mission Bay, Dog Beach, and Bahia Point Beach. Mission Beach and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,392 reviews)
"Beautiful property with many ponds and ducks that the kids enjoyed feeding. Lots of options for swimming pools. The food onsite is greatly overpriced leaving little options unless you leave the resort."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
4 out of 5
1775 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is $229 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in San Diego, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of SeaWorld and University of San Diego. Mission Beach and Balboa Park ...
4/5 Very Good! (484 reviews)
"The property is nice. Our room was clean. Food in the restaurant was tasty. Overall, we liked it. Atmosphere at the hotel is cozy. One thing to be cautious, though: they added charges from the restaurant to our final bill - charges for the meal that we didn't have! When I asked to double check - ..."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

San Diego Mission Bay Resort
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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
The price is $159 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
The Dana on Mission Bay
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is $239 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
4 out of 5
1775 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is $229 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
4 out of 5
1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is $188 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Bahia Resort Hotel
Bahia Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is $199 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Bahia Resort Hotel
Stunning Mission Bay
Stunning Mission Bay
San Diego, CA
Stunning Mission Bay
Catamaran Resort and Spa
Catamaran Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
The price is $229 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Catamaran Resort and Spa
Kokomo - Bayside Getaway w Spa, Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
Kokomo - Bayside Getaway w Spa, Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
4 out of 5
3349 Riviera Dr, San Diego, CA
Kokomo - Bayside Getaway w Spa, Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
Kokomo in San Diego
Kokomo in San Diego
3.5 out of 5
3349 Riviera Dr, San Diego, CA
Kokomo in San Diego
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