3146 Mission Blvd • San Diego
Mission Beach is the closest thing in San Diego to classic East Coast beaches like Atlantic City and Coney Island. The beach is very flat and sandy, and accessing the beach is an easy walk from the street to the sand. The waves can range from medium to large and beaches are patrolled by Lifeguards. Expect to find all kinds of beach goers from free-spirited locals to college aged kids to families. You will also see all kinds of sports: skating, skateboarding, surfing and cycling, which usually take place on The Strand Boardwalk. If you decided to ride bikes or walk down The Strand please be advised that this can be a high traffic walk-way especially during summer.
Most of the action centers around Belmont Park at the intersection of Mission Blvd. and West Mission Bay Drive where you can ride the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, or rent a set of rollerblades to ride up and down the boardwalk. This is where all walks of life all go out for a walk, a ride, a roll, a stroll, a surf, a beer or a bite to eat - or simply to watch other people out doing their thing.
South Mission Beach offers the same scene and scenery found in North Mission, but the pace slows as you continue south, until you reach the end of the boardwalk, the end of the beach, and the end of the road at South Mission Beach Park. Here fishermen cast their lines off the jetty and watch the boats pass in and out through the Harbor Channel. You'd never know it to look, but a half-mile off the coast are a series of shipwrecks, placed here to create an artificial reef and a diver's Disneyland.