Mission Beach, San Diego

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  • Sailboat making its way toward the Pacific Ocean
    Sailboat making its way toward the...
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    Testing out the water at Mission Beach
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  • Artifical wave at the Wave House beach club
    Artifical wave at the Wave House beach...
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    Fun in the sun for everyone

    by Jefie Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    Giant Dipper rollercoaster at Belmont Park
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    I'm not much of a beach head, but I couldn't spend a week in San Diego without going to at least one beach. I picked Mission Beach because it seemed like there was more to do there than just surfing and sunbathing, neither of which I'm any good at. We got there early, and the first thing we did was to walk up and down the boardwalk, which we happily shared with joggers and cyclists. There was a nice lively atmosphere all around, with several beach volleyball games going full steam and plenty of sailboats taking advantage of the morning breeze. Although we didn't get on any of the rides, it was also fun to walk through Belmont Park, Mission Beach's historic amusement park. Dating back to 1925, the park's wooden rollercoaster - the Giant Dipper - is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. We also stopped for drinks at the Wave House, a beachfront bar & grill mostly famous for its two artificial waves. We had lots of fun looking at people wipe out as they were attempting to surf or boogieboard :o) The ginger mule I ordered was excellent, and so was the sesame hummus served with grilled pita bread.

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    Mission Beach

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 20, 2011

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    One of the most popular beaches in San Diego with something for everyone.

    An old wooden Roller Coaster, a few carnival rides for kids, a Video Arcade, The Plunge,--an indoor swimming pool--Canes Restaurant, an active boardwalk where it is permissible to ride a bike, skate and skate board as well as walk and of course plenty sand and water.

    There are shops, mostly small groceries, bars and restaurants in the area, but few are frequented by more than the locals/surfers/people hanging out in the area.

    Parts of MB may look residential and it is, but it is not usually locals who live here. This is a haven for those who want to rent a small beach house or apartment for the Summer season or students wanting the beach life experience while attening one of the univeristies here.

    Mission Bay Park is also located in this area and there are lots of hotels to stay at that offer water sports equipment, bike rentals for any who wants to try out our waters or explore the area.

    This picture was taken at sunset after a big storm. More information and pictures about this beach community of San Diego on my Mission Beach page.

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    Mission Beach

    by SurfingLuvr Written May 9, 2006

    I absolutely LOVED Mission Beach. The beach itself was beautiful and even though it was a little crowded, you could always find a place to lay in the sun. The boardwalk and shopping area was incredible, near the Belmont Amusement Park.

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    Mission Beach

    by Eric-Sabin Updated Nov 10, 2005
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    Mission Boulevard runs the duration of the narrow Mission Beach strip. There are plenty of places to eat and shop here that are generally popular with the younger crowd. The Giant Dipper roller coaster at Belmont Park is one of the original wooden roller coasters of the 20's. The is also a walkway that runs along the beach.

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    Mission Beach

    by IceBear7 Updated Dec 15, 2004
    Baywatch

    What a perfect combination, big city and great beaches close by! And Mission Beach is one of the best beaches for people watching and being watched obviously.

    As you might expect on a California beach the majority of people are surfing in the water, cycling or roller-blading or jogging along the shore or try to get the perfect body in some other way.

    Others spend their time in the many bars, or on the rollercoasters. So, this is a great busy place but nothing if you looking for a lonely romantic beach for the sunset.

    And being someone who grew up with watching Baywatch - it's a highlight to see the lifeguards' huts.

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    Mission Beach

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Mission Beach

    Mission beach is San Diego's version of Venice Beach, It is lined with shops and restaurants and this oceanside amusement park. For more upscale dining go to La Jolla but for hot dogs, Pizza and Tshirt joints this is the place

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    Mission Beach

    by bellatrix Written Mar 27, 2003

    Mission Beach has a lot of action, and is my favorite beach spot in SD. It's definately a must-see when visiting San Diego, especially if you're there during the summer months. Great beach culture and good fun.

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    Mission Beach

    by basstbn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Mission Beach on a cool, cloudy day

    Mission Beach is just one of many fine, sandy beaches in the San Diego area. Typical beach activities fill the day - surfing, sunning, volleyball, strolling, and picnicing. We noticed that lots of families arrive early in the morning with tents, chairs, grills, radios, etc. to mark out their territory for the day. Many of these family activities take place on the grassy area between the beach itself and the road. Finding a parking place can be a task on a busy day.

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    Mission Beach

    by vigi Written May 19, 2004

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    Not a big beach, but realxing and quiet enough for suntan. However, the water here in Mission Bay is polluted so swimming is not possible.

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