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Mission Beach

Mission Beach is located south of Pacific Beach, off of Mission Boulevard. It is a popular place to hang out, especially for the nightlife. The boardwalk of Mission beach is aligned with cool shops and plenty of interesting bars. The actual beach is not quite as beautiful as other San Diego beaches, but this is a place to be if you are looking to party.

Mission Beach is the Venice Beach of San Diego. It is the best place to come to people watch, especially on the weekends. There is a lot of local flavor, featuring funky people with tattoo and pierced bodies, flocks of casual surfers, the engrossed tourist and the array of people who come to the 3 mile long boardwalk to jog, cycle or rollerblade. Various shops, restaurants, and beach rental stores surround Mission beach, at the foot of Ventura Street beside the roller coaster and inside Belmont Park.

Belmont Park is another one of Mission beaches main attractions and a fun place to bring the kids. It is a beach front amusement park which offers a huge roller coaster, several smaller rides like, bumper cars and a merry-go-round, video games, cool shops and carnival type food stands. There is a huge arcade at the south end of Belmont Park, which has an Olympic sized swimming pool called “the Plunge”. It is a beach that is fun for the whole family.

Mission Beach water activities include surfing, boogie boarding, swimming and kayaking. Much like the neighboring Pacific Beach, this beach has fun and mellow surf. Keep an eye out for the signs posted designating where to surf and where to swim. South Mission beach is the perfect place to come play volleyball. There are courts set out and even a volleyball club in the area.

There is an abundance of free parking available on the north and south side of Belmont Park, and at the base of West Mission Bay Drive. Be aware that these lots fill very quickly during the summer months and on the weekends.

No vehicles on the beach
No camping
No fires outside of designated fire rings
No glass containers
Dogs are allowed from 6pm-9am but must be on a leash
Alcohol may be consumed on the beach from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
(not against the boardwalk)
Bathrooms and showers are available at the base of Ventura Street