San Diego Sights

Mission Beach

  • 3000 Mission Blvd. Map It
  • Mission Bay
  • Beach–Sight

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

With a roller coaster, artificial wave park, and hotdog stands, this 2-mile-long beach has a carnival vibe and is the closest thing you'll find to Coney Island on the West Coast. It's lively year-round but draws a huge crowd on hot summer days. A wide boardwalk paralleling the beach is popular with walkers, joggers, skateboarders, and bicyclists. To escape the crowds, head to South Mission Beach. It attracts surfers, swimmers, and scantily clad volleyball players, who often play competitive pick-up games on the courts near the north jetty. The water near the Belmont Park roller coaster can be a bit rough but makes for good boogie boarding and body surfing. For free parking, you can try for a spot on the street, but your best bets are the two big lots at Belmont Park. Amenities: lifeguards, parking (no fee), showers, toilets. Best for: swimming, surfing, walking.

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3000 Mission Blvd., San Diego, California, 92109, USA

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Published 07/06/2016


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