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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 $139
Bahia Resort Hotel

Bahia Resort Hotel

998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 4,736 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.

    Paradise Point Resort & Spa $94
    Paradise Point Resort & Spa

    Paradise Point Resort & Spa

    1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 2,330 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Paradise Point Resort & Spa is on a private tropical island in San Diego’s Mission Bay. SeaWorld® is a 4-minute drive away over Mission Bay’s South Cove, and it’s 9 minutes to the adobe buildings and craft demonstrations at Old Town San Diego. The resort is a 15-minute drive from the city center.

      The Dana on Mission Bay $99
      The Dana on Mission Bay

      The Dana on Mission Bay

      1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 7,230 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.

        Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina $129
        Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

        Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

        1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 2,922 reviews
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Located on the shores of San Diego's Mission Bay, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina is a quarter-mile from SeaWorld and Mission Beach, and 3 miles from Old Town San Diego.

          Great Location/oceanfront Building W/patio On Boardwalk, Steps From Beach
          Great Location/oceanfront Building W/patio On Boardwalk, Steps From Beach

          Great Location/oceanfront Building W/patio On Boardwalk, Steps From Beach

          , San Diego
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 30 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            This beachfront property is located in San Diego, close to Mission Beach, Ocean Beach Park, and SeaWorld. Also nearby are Mission Beach Boardwalk and Belmont Park.

            Upper Unit W/private Roof top Deck/oceanfront Bldg/ Sand & Water Steps From Unit
            Upper Unit W/private Roof top Deck/oceanfront Bldg/ Sand & Water Steps From Unit

            Upper Unit W/private Roof top Deck/oceanfront Bldg/ Sand & Water Steps From Unit

            , San Diego
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 15 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              This beachfront property is located in San Diego, close to Mission Beach, Ocean Beach Park, and SeaWorld. Also nearby are Mission Beach Boardwalk and Belmont Park.

              Beautiful Scenic Ocean Front Property With Your own Private pat
              Beautiful Scenic Ocean Front Property With Your own Private pat

              Beautiful Scenic Ocean Front Property With Your own Private pat

              , San Diego
                 
                5.0
                of 5, from 1 reviews
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated on the waterfront, this property is close to Mission Beach, SeaWorld, and Ocean Beach Park. Also nearby are Mission Beach Boardwalk and Belmont Park.

                Sweet Sunset Studio $91
                Sweet Sunset Studio

                Sweet Sunset Studio

                718 1 2 Jamaica Court, San Diego
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 2 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in San Diego, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Belmont Park and Mission Beach. SeaWorld and Ocean Beach Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).