Mission Beach

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Mission Beach featuring street scenes, a beach and tropical scenes

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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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! (2,058 reviews)
"I particularly appreciate the location, the friendliness of the staff, and the dining at the Firefly."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 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! (2,401 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
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 25 to Oct 25
Nestled on the beach, this Central Mission Beach resort is just steps from Mission Bay and Bahia Point Beach. Mission Beach and Belmont Park are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,113 reviews)
"The room smelled like it was moisture, or kind of mold or fungus, The heater was too noisy"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Bahia Resort Hotel
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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
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Bahia Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is $199 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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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
The price is $206 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Island Getaway by 710 Vacation Rentals | Luxury Oceanfront Penthouse w/ AC
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Island Getaway by 710 Vacation Rentals | Luxury Oceanfront Penthouse w/ AC
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Oceanview Luxury Smart Home 2BR 2 Bath Sleeps 10
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Beachfront Bliss! Book your 2021 vacation today!
Beachfront Bliss! Book your 2021 vacation today!
San Diego, CA
Beachfront Bliss! Book your 2021 vacation today!
Steps to beach! Ideal location in South Mission Beach!
Steps to beach! Ideal location in South Mission Beach!
San Diego, CA
Steps to beach! Ideal location in South Mission Beach!
2 Bedroom Condo - Rooftop Ocean Front Patio
2 Bedroom Condo - Rooftop Ocean Front Patio
San Diego, CA
2 Bedroom Condo - Rooftop Ocean Front Patio
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