Mission Beach
Mission Beach
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Enjoy a slice of Californian life at this iconic long sandy beach in San Diego. This laidback beach town has almost two miles of beachfront boardwalk, lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Here, you can cycle or rollerblade down the boardwalk, relax on the beach, go for a swim and surf, and even have fun at an amusement park. The old-school Belmont Park is free to enter and has both retro and modern amusement rides, food stalls, and entertainment all year round. There are also year-round whale-watching tours from Mission Bay, that'll take you to the best wildlife viewing spots. – Tripadvisor
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  • Guatemala33
    Sacramento, California70 contributions
    Great break at the beach in March.
    A great 4 day adventure to Mission Beach in a 2 bdrm condo right on the Beach across from Crystal Pier. We reserved it thru VRBO, I always look at the reviews. Despite one neg review which I believe was bogus, we took a chance, and it was a great place! It was my 2 20 something grandaugters and my daughter, who was on Spring break. The weather was a little cold. This place must be spectacular in summer. Lots to see and do along the beach. Check out the famous 78 year old skater, Slomo. He is out every day. Amazing story, Go to You Tube. Perfect vacation spot for any age!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • WBJM2009
    Little Rock, Arkansas797 contributions
    Great area to stay for family with young children
    We rented a beach house on the water in Mission Beach and loved it. It was a little chilly when we were there so we didn't play at the beach very much. This area was close to everything that we wanted to see/do. My kids loved walking down to Belmont Park at night for rides, arcade games and food.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom10,126 contributions
    Sunset, dolphins, fairground
    We were staying a bit out of the centre up by ligeguard tower 19 and preferred this quieter area of the beach. The beach is much busier on weekends by Belmont Park and it was quite bustling on a Saturday afternoon/evening down that end. Sand quality is nice, sea was wavy and cool so don't expect languid tropical waters! If you want calmer and (slightly) warmer water head to the bay beaches. Great for sunset and watch for dolphins (we saw one close to shore).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Deb W
    Reno, Nevada2,571 contributions
    Beautiful sunsets
    We rented a house right on the boardwalk. The views were beautiful. We had a great sunset every night and saw dolphins every morning. The boardwalk gets busy especially on the weekends. We rented bikes and found it nicer to ride on the bay side.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Cazz K
    149 contributions
    One of the best beaches to visit
    Fantastic beach, Sandy clean with easy access to a freezing cold Pacific Ocean. A great place to go at sunset the scenery is amazing. Lifeguard on duty until 6pm if you fancy a dip. Small theme park nearly 100 years old with a wooden roller coaster, souvenir shops etc just behind. Long walkway along the beach great for roller skating and skateboarding or just strolling in the sunshine. Large free car park which is a bonus.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 November 2023
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Pedro Alexander
San Diego, CA9 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
The quintessential California beach experience. Ocean Front Walk is great boardwalk; rent a bicycle and ride from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach and La Jolla. Waterfront amusement park with historic roller coaster and arcades, nightclubs, bars and restaurants on the beach. Wavepool and indoor aquatic center "The Plunge".
Written 16 December 2023
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Debra J
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Beautiful beach amazing time my friends bday was a blast great place for him to choose a lot memories
Written 21 November 2023
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Cazz K
149 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Fantastic beach, Sandy clean with easy access to a freezing cold Pacific Ocean. A great place to go at sunset the scenery is amazing. Lifeguard on duty until 6pm if you fancy a dip. Small theme park nearly 100 years old with a wooden roller coaster, souvenir shops etc just behind. Long walkway along the beach great for roller skating and skateboarding or just strolling in the sunshine. Large free car park which is a bonus.
Written 3 November 2023
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,571 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We rented a house right on the boardwalk. The views were beautiful. We had a great sunset every night and saw dolphins every morning. The boardwalk gets busy especially on the weekends. We rented bikes and found it nicer to ride on the bay side.
Written 8 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Waddler
York, UK10,126 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We were staying a bit out of the centre up by ligeguard tower 19 and preferred this quieter area of the beach. The beach is much busier on weekends by Belmont Park and it was quite bustling on a Saturday afternoon/evening down that end.

Sand quality is nice, sea was wavy and cool so don't expect languid tropical waters! If you want calmer and (slightly) warmer water head to the bay beaches.

Great for sunset and watch for dolphins (we saw one close to shore).
Written 6 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jaquita B
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
The amusement park does not treat everyone fair. They pick and choose who they allow on rides and don’t follow the allow height requirements. My child was one of the kids who was treated unfairly .
Written 15 August 2023
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Joe
Phoenix, AZ5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Revisited this beach after being there last year. At Belmont Park it was horrible to me last year. Tons of tent vendors, super loud, grating music. Lots of questionable looking people, didn't make me feel very safe. Not peacefull and relaxing at all. This year, in July I was blown away at the difference!! Was there around 10am. Most if the outside vendors were Gone !! There was NO blaring music ! The beach looked so good, loved it. But get there early if you can. We left at 11:30 and people were circling the big lot, looking for a place to park. Loved the vendor/souvenir shops.
Written 15 July 2023
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WBJM2009
Little Rock, AR797 contributions
Mar 2023
We rented a beach house on the water in Mission Beach and loved it. It was a little chilly when we were there so we didn't play at the beach very much. This area was close to everything that we wanted to see/do. My kids loved walking down to Belmont Park at night for rides, arcade games and food.
Written 17 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Guatemala33
Sacramento, CA70 contributions
Mar 2023
A great 4 day adventure to Mission Beach in a 2 bdrm condo right on the Beach across from Crystal Pier. We reserved it thru VRBO, I always look at the reviews. Despite one neg review which I believe was bogus, we took a chance, and it was a great place! It was my 2 20 something grandaugters and my daughter, who was on Spring break. The weather was a little cold. This place must be spectacular in summer. Lots to see and do along the beach. Check out the famous 78 year old skater, Slomo. He is out every day. Amazing story, Go to You Tube. Perfect vacation spot for any age!
Written 13 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LaLunaStella
Vancouver, WA584 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
My favorite beach in San Diego. I love long walks and the sound of waves. Interesting homes and restaurants along the way.
Written 29 March 2023
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