Mission Beach





Hip and Cool

As if Southern California didn’t have enough charm to lure visitors from all corners of the earth, San Diego’s one-of-a-kind Mission Beach is an easy choice for those who can’t get enough of cool California culture.

This beach is a long, wide stretch of sandbar between the Pacific and Mission Bay. Spanning the strip of land is Mission Boulevard, packed with shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

What to Do

Finding something to do on Mission Beach is never hard. Some visitors love long strolls on the oceanfront boardwalk, while others scout out courts for volleyball or basketball.

The area is beloved by bicyclists, skateboarders, surfers, kiteboarders, and even those who like to fish. Active types of all kinds gather at Mission Beach just to be in the heart of the action.

For the occasional thrill, check out the amusement rides in Belmont Park, home to classic wooden roller coasters alongside more modern thrill rides. If you’re a fan of beachfront dining, snag a seat at one of several outdoor cafes along the boardwalk; otherwise choose from a wide range of options clustered around Mission Boulevard.

And who can forget the major attractions nearby, such as the San Diego Zoo, the Cabrillo National Monument, and of course, San Diego’s vibrant downtown area?


There’s only one tough thing about Mission Beach: parking. Several public lots can be found close to the beach, but you’ll need to get there early to claim a spot.

It may be tempting to park in a residential neighborhood, but be sure to read signs carefully. Alternatively, you can simply take a taxi or public transit to the beach.

Also, a few rules: Alcohol consumption on the beach, as well as nudity and thong bikinis, are prohibited.

Mission Beach at a Glance

City:San Diego

Country or State:California

Length of Beach:2 miles

Access:By car, by taxi, by public transport

Best time to visit:May and June - fewer crowds

High Season:June to October

Low Season:November to May

Beach Hours:24/7


  • Restaurants, bars, nightlife
  • Rentals: Chairs, umbrellas, water sports equipment
  • Lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Mission Beach Market