Mission Beach Things to Do
Mission Beach is located in San Diego, California. This beach is connected to North Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier, and South Mission Beach by a walkway that is approximately 3.5 miles long. Along this walkway, sometimes referred to as the “Strand,” you will find a number of attractions near Mission Beach vacation rentals.
Mission Beach itself can be considered the “central point” of the North Pacific Beach-South Mission Beach walkway. At this specific location, you can enjoy the amusement park atmosphere of Belmont Park. Be sure to ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, because when you do, you’ll be riding one of the only two oceanfront roller coasters that are still in operation on the West Coast. You can also swim in a wave pool at Belmont Park. But, don’t forget, you’re only a few feet from real waves in the Pacific Ocean.
The best thing about Belmont Park? There’s no admission charge! That’s right, you and your family can enjoy the park for as long as you like at no charge. The only things you pay for are arcade games and sustenance and refreshments.
This is the main drag of Mission Beach. It’s “off the boardwalk,” but worth your time. The intersection of Misson Boulevard and Ventura Place is where the majority of restaurants and shops are located. Many of the shops offer rentals and beach necessities, such as Aaron Chang Swimwear, Gone Bananas Beachwear or Endless Summer Surf and Skate Shop.
If you're looking for places to eat, then try some of the best pizza on Mission Beach at Gabiano's. Canes Bar and Grill often provides live music for diners to enjoy. Get a little bit of everything at Saska's Steak, Seafood and Sushi.
When you are at the Mission Beach section of the Walkway, you’ll also be close to Mission Bay. This area encompasses over 4,000 acres, and offers hiking, biking, jogging, and rollerblade paths and trails, as well as places for bird watching.
At the North Pacific Beach section of the “Strand”, you actually start your walk in a residential neighborhood. You’ll know you’re actually on the boardwalk itself when you see Pacific Beach Palisades Park. You can have a picnic here if you wish before continuing on down the “Strand”.
The walkway then follows a bluff that is 75 feet high to bring you to Crystal Pier. Here, you’ll find retail shops and restaurants. If you are there early enough, you can enjoy breakfast as Kono’s Surf Club.
Continue on to South Mission Beach, a rather secluded section of the boardwalk. Walking here can be very peaceful.
Enjoy your time on the “Strand” in Mission Beach, and remember that the boardwalk is easily accessible from different points. So, don’t be afraid to wander off the beaten path every now and then.