Let this photo not trick you into thinking that you will find a lovely quiet beach in Mission Beach. This unique view of Mission Beach reflects the photographer's preference. Mission Beach beach is normally packed with people basking in the bright sun and enjoying other activities usually found at a popular Californian beach.Mission Beach is a...more
Mission Beach Bay is a mini-archipelago type area offering lots of fun things to see or do. There are several big hotel / resorts located here and if the price of a room is prohibitive, you can always stop in one of their lovely restaurants for a meal and the ambience. Some of the amenities, such as bike rentals may be open to the public as well as...more
The Liberty Carousel sits in the shadow of The Giant Dipper and it is an antique reproduction, complete with hand-painted plaques of scenes found in old photographs kept by the San Diego Historical Society.Though Belmont Park seems to be caught in time, it is also in the present. One of it's newer attractions is Laser Tag which is pretty popular...more
SeaWorld is located near Mission Bay Park and is one of San Diego's most popular attractions. The entrance price is high, but discounts can be found on the back of grocery receipts, through your hotel and other sources. SeaWorld San Diego is not only a themed amusement park, it is also a study and research facility and a refuge for endangered sea...more
Belmont Park, once known as the Mission Beach Amusement Center, was the idea of John Spreckles. That’s the very rich and far sighted man who made an impact on San Diego as well as lending his name to several buildings in San Diego and Coronado and by the way, was of "Spreckles Sugar" fame. I’m not sure when the name changed, but I’ve only known it...more
This is probably why you are visiting Belmont Park -- It opened on July 4, 1925 and is one of two remaining original west coast roller coasters. It was recently renovated at a cost of over 2 million dollars!.The blue vertical thing in front is the Vertical Plunge ride -- guaranteed to leave your stomach behind.more
In 1925 on the Fourth of July, this wooden roller coaster was not only new, it was "a thrill of a life time." Today it may seem pretty tame compared to the rollercoaster rides found in amusement parks across the country, that have spent years competing with each other to offer the biggest and fastest ride possible.However mild a ride The Giant...more
Now this is MY kind of ride ;) .The Liberty Carousel is a detailed modern reproduction of an old-style carousel, complete with exotic animals [save the ostrich for me:)] and hurdy-gurdy music. It suffers from being between two of the scariest rides -- but do stop and take in the authentic details.more
...and Mario's fish processing, is the answer. Also there is the Fresh Fish Market where you can buy fish to cook yourself. Yes, this is a seafood market and restaurant, but also it is a packing company that will Smoke, Filet and vacuum pack that 600 pound tuna you caught while out on the deep sea fishing tour. They'll keep it in cold storage or...more
The hottest spot on the beach and packed with locals most of the time. Cane's offers rooftop seating, which include fantastic views of the activity along the boardwalk, the pounding surf and beautiful sunsets while sipping one of their famous Hurricane drinks. Casual dress is the norm and expect a noisey, festive atmosphere.Update:Canes closed it's...more
After the sun goes down the beach is less crowded and the texture of the area changes. Songs have been written about strolling hand-in-hand along the beach and for several reasons it is a magical thing to do. Mission Beach at night is one of my favorite places. The crowds are gone and it is easier to hear the roar of the ocean and feel the cool...more
During the day Cane's is a fun restaurant and at night it turns into a popular nightclub. Live music presented by nationally known groups as well as local bands. This is a photo taken of Cane's neon sign after a Hurricane!What's that you say? No hurricanes in San Diego? Oh yes. Well, I mean after one of Cane's fabulous Hurricane Drinks!Update:Canes...more
This is the south direction of the narrow boardwalk and goes as far as the south end of MB. At the southern most end of MB is another large parking lot and a less crowded bit of sand, especially good for large family groups or families with smaller children. In this area people will set up canopies or mark off large sections of sand to accommodate...more
It doesn't rain here often but when it does, you'll still find a few people who enjoy the beach and life guards are on duty.If, in the unlikely event that it rains during your stay in San Diego, a visit to MB can still be quite thrilling. The waves are usually much higher after a storm and surfers rarely miss the opportunity of trying for the...more
Going north along the boardwalk you will find the commercial section of Mission Beach, complete with surf shops, restaurants and Belmont park . Pacific Beach is the next beach in this direction and as I'm not much for walking it is not the way I'd choose to get there. However, it is not unsual for some people to make the two mile trek along the...more
All Beaches in San Diego City have Standard Beach & Water regulations and each beach has it's own regulations that may depart from the standard. Signs are posted to inform you what they are.
Lifeguard flags also give direction that must be followed, such as stay out of rip tides noted between red flags or surfing/swimming flags are posted to let you know where you can surf or swim.
Lifeguards are on duty all year long, are friendly, helpful and trained to save lives. Following any direction of a lifeguard is paramount at the beach, as would be following the directions of a police officer and should be taken seriously.
If there is an emergency on the beach or in the water and a lifeguard is not near, dial 911 which is our Emergency number. Through this call a lifeguard, police officer, fireman or ambulance needed will come to the rescue.
Sailing is quite popular on Mission Bay and some hotels will rent sail boats to the public. If you have your own boat, there are docking and launching facilities. Also motor boats can be rented if that is more to your liking.Seaforth, Mission Bay offers rentals of jet skis, sail boats, motor boats and other personal water craft, within the limits...more
Want to charter a fishing boat, go "deep sea" fishing or whale watching? Seaforth offers it all.Chartering a boat for half-day is about $700.00 with a six person limit. Of course the price includes, bait, tackle, license, beverages, snacks and fillet service. However it is not necessary to actually charter a boat. Fishing tours or whale watching...more
Mission Beach Bay Park is a multi-purpose archipelago, half water and half land, one of the largest aquatic parks in the USA. Surrounded by hotels and resorts there are many land and water activities for all interests. Picnics, including cookouts, playgrounds for the little ones, paths for walking and jogging, bike rentals at some of the hotels. As...more
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named this tidal marsh of San Diego, "False Bay" in 1542. In 1852 the U.S. Army built a dike that eventually created an estuaries outlet for the San Diego River drainage. Later in the 1800's, hunting and fishing facilities initiated the recreational use of this area. After 1944 the development of Mission Bay Park, with the...more
This is one of the few times, day or night that no one is on Mission Beach. If you are not interested in joining crowds of people, this is the best time to enjoy the beach. Also, it offers a perk if it happens to rain during your holiday. San Diego is known for it's mild climate all year round. This means that really hot or cold days are rare....more