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Mission Beach Park, San Diego

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#3 of 12 in Beaches in San Diego
Settle into a fun, carnival-like atmosphere at Mission Beach Park, where you can swim, lounge on the sand all day, or wander the area. You'll find plenty of food stands, bars, and street performers, and some fine-dining restaurants as well. You can surf, play sports, join beach boot camps, and even ride a rollercoaster or artificial waves. The mood is calmer at the opposite end of the beach, which features fishing spots and underwater shipwrecks you can explore. Parking spots are hard to find; buses and bikes are better options. Plan to visit Mission Beach Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Diego attractions using our San Diego road trip planning tool .
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  • Large expanse of beach stretching more than a mile with areas designated for surfing and swimming, patrolled by life guards plus volleyball areas with embedded posts(bring your own net) There is a pat...  more »
  • I when to Mission Beach boardwalk had a great day enjoying the walkway and beach area clean a lot of space to walk along the sand as well as great housing to stay at and other things to do there. When...  more »
  • Not my favorite beach but really nice Good beach to walk. Too cold to swim on the day we were there. We visited 3 beaches while in San Diego, In front of the "Dell Coronado" was our favorite, for "the...  more »
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  • It's a great place to stop by while you're on the beach. The rollercoaster is actually exhilarating, especially for the meager $6 ticket! The arcade is a bit for any child. There's plenty of parking, although during peak summer hours it still may not be enough. The are a couple great restaurants, cannonball and draft, and the wave house is getting some major renovation. I am excited to see the improvements this brings.
  • This is fun family area. The beach and the boardwalk are right there. You can walk or rent a bike or just stay and play at the carnival rides there. (The rides are better than the carnival.)
  • Beautiful soft sandy beach, with stores nearby for anything you may have forgotten. FUN rides and arcade games. Great food within walking distance too.
  • It is a great place, though I wish it had more parking. The park is well maintained and had plenty of picnic tables. We had a great time there.
  • Beautiful beach! It's clean and lively. My family enjoyed hanging out and allowing the kids to play. My son left with about 20 sand dollars and all different types of shells.

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