Mission Beach is one of the most popular destinations in San Diego for vacationers and people looking to purchase second homes. Mission Beach is about 10 minutes from the San Diego airport and just minutes from Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. It is an ideal destination for the traveler who doesn't want to rely on using a car while vacationing. A quick cab ride from the airport will take you to Mission Beach, and once you get there you can rent a beach cruiser to go exploring, or just sit back, relax, and unwind as you watch the waves. Sun, sand, restaurants, and shopping are all accessable by walking or biking and you will never run out of things to do.
This is an arial view of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. Mission Beach is the south end of the map and Pacific Beach is the Northern end. With the beach on one side and the bay on the other, this is a true waterfront paradise.
Mission Beach is home to Belmont Park, a beach front amusement park that offers rides (including the popular Giant Dipper rollercoaster), mini golf, an arcade, and shopping and eateries. The Wave House is a unique ocean front bar and grill in Belmont Park that features flow water wave machines that allow you to surf or bodyboard while your friends and family sit back and watch from the sidelines. The atmosphere at the wave house can't be beat. The floor of the outdoor bar is covered in sand and there are plenty of hammocks to choose from. The dress code encourages bare feet and swimsuits in this ocean front eatery. This place is a favorite for locals and vacationers. During the day this is a family friendly restaurant, at night the crowd is 21 and over.
If you want to get some practice before riding the real waves, try your luck on the flow rider at the Wave House.
Mission Bay Park is a 4,235 acre park within Mission and Pacific Beach. It is the largest man made aquatic park in the country with 46% land and 54% water. You can walk, bike ride, or rollerblade on a boardwalk that will take you through the entire park which includes the bay, beach, and various parks and greenbelts along the way. Sail Bay is a hidden gem within the park that is one of my favorite spots in San Diego. If you are looking for some quiet among the summer beach crowd, head over to sail bay with your towel and a good book. Ski Beach is the part of the park that offers a boat launch for jet skiing and wakeboarding and also boasts a nice view of the downtown skyline.
Below is Sail Bay, a hidden jem and a quiet spot to relax in Mission Bay Park.
Those of us who are lucky enough to live here full time always feel like we are on vacation. The cost of living may be a little higher than other parts of the country, but we make up for it with endless free outdoor activities year round and fantastic weather. People who own vacation rentals in this area benefit from the great rental income year round as well as having a fantastic destination to vacation and make memories with their families.