Mission Beach California is a beachfront playground with a nice sandy beach bordered by a long seawall and cement boardwalk. We love the variety of things to do, especially for teenagers and young adults at Mission Beach. Vacations here are popular with tourists, and also locals love to visit Mission Beach in San Diego.
Updated June 6, 2023 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures
At Mission Beach in San Diego CA you will find places to eat and shop right along the boardwalk. Check out The Beachcomber bar at the south end, or enjoy a simple ice cream cone on the boardwalk.
There are a lot of Mission Beach California vacation rentals at South Mission Beach San Diego, and along the long strip of beach north of the Belmont Park area. At the north end the beach extends into Pacific Beach.
Directions to Mission Beach San Diego Cal: see below | Google Map
Parking: Large free parking lots off of Mission Blvd. at north and south side of Belmont Park, and at the foot of West Mission Bay Drive. Additional parking in two lots across the street adjacent to Bonita Cove.
Getting There: Short walk to the beach from parking areas, or from Mission Bay Park. Also the long Mission Beach boardwalk stretches from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach and offers great access by bicycling, roller blading, and jogging.
Things to Do: Walking, jogging, roller blading, sunbathing, sailing, swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, beach fires in firepits, rides and rollercoaster at Belmont Park, swim in The Plunge indoor swimming pool, picnic at Mission Bay park, shopping.
Things to See: Young people at the beach, sunset over the Pacific Ocean, skateboarders, visit nearby SeaWorld.
Facilities: Restrooms (near Ventura Place and south of Belmont Park), showers, changing rooms, trash cans, concrete Mission Beach boardwalk along the beach.
Services: Many restaurants, bars, surf shops, rental shops and hotels along the beach.
High Tide Access: Good access to this deep, wide beach.
Lifeguard: Lifeguards during summer at multiple locations, year around at main Lifeguard station at Ventura Place near Belmont Park.
Dogs: Leashed dogs are allowed before 9 AM or after 6 PM (4 PM from Nov. 1 - Mar. 31)
Things NOT to Do: No alcohol, no glass containers, no smoking, no littering, no disturbing noise, no overnight sleeping, camping or parking.
Disability Access: Disabled parking and access along Mission Beach boardwalk
Hazards: Rip currents.
At Mission Beach in San Diego, dogs are not allowed during the day, but you can enjoy a walk or run along the beach with your dog in the morning or evening. Leashed dogs are allowed before 9:00 AM or after 6:00 PM (after 4:00 PM between Nov. 1 – Mar. 31).
Directions to Mission Beach from Pacific Beach: From Pacific Beach, you can walk, roller blade, skateboard or bike ride along the cement boardwalk that goes from Pacific Beach to Mission Beach.
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