Mission Beach San Diego
Mission Beach History and Information
Mission Beach is situated alongside two miles of oceanfront property between Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. First opened in the 1914 as a public beach, Mission Beach was the West Coast equivalent of famed East Coast beaches such as Coney Island and Atlantic City. Carnival stands and other seaside attracts once donned the shores of Mission Beach, yet throughout the decades this once booming destination has transformed into a watered-down version of what it once was.
Miles of boardwalk line the beach side of Mission Beach, which offer food, knick-knack shops and small carnival rides. The bayside of Mission Beach are outlined with pedestrian pathways and isolated coves. If you’re looking for a more relaxing getaway, navigate to South Mission Beach, which is where you’ll find fishermen casting into the ocean and gentle waves lapping upon the shore. Belmont Park, located between North and South Mission Beach, is where most of the action of the boardwalk takes place.
Parking at Mission Beach can be difficult as this is a largely residential area. Public parking lots are free and may be found around Belmont Park, South Mission Beach and Santa Clara Point. There are two hotels within walking distance from Mission Beach Park, and several more hotels located throughout the Mission Beach area.