Destination guide

Mission Bay _ your mission, should you choose to accept it

Grab your skateboard, hat, and swim trunks _ you're headed to San Diego's Mission Bay! This placid saltwater lagoon lies within the sprawling Mission Bay Park _ the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. Within its more than 4,200 acres, you'll find everything from sailing and paddleboarding to sunset riverboat cruises, and your Mission Bay vacation rental will put you right in the heart of this sun-soaked waterfront paradise. Over-the-line, a beach sport that's a little like softball, is a popular pastime, and the bayfront Fiesta Island holds an annual tournament.

Things to do

Mission Bay's wild, wonderful waterfront

After a grueling day of sun-baked revelry, you may want to entrust any further planning to an entertainment professional. Fortunately, your Mission Bay vacation rental is surrounded by 'em. SeaWorld San Diego is a family favorite with locals and visitors alike, and you'll find an aquarium, rides, and dolphin and sea lion shows throughout the park. Or you can journey back to a simpler time at Belmont Park, a beachfront amusement park. The park boasts concessions and thrill rides, but the main attraction is the Giant Dipper, a 1925 wooden coaster that's also been designated a National Historic Landmark.


A bay in the life on San Diego's Mission Bay

Waterfront recreation is the name of the game in Mission Bay. Everything's on the table, from jetskiing and kitesurfing to paddleboarding and riverboat cruises. There are plenty of boating agencies offering chartered fishing tours, and whalewatching is a seasonal favorite. Back on dry land, you can enjoy bonfire, barbecue, and picnic opportunities along the 27 miles of shoreline, and there are a number of campsites around the bay as well. If you're feelin' like wheelin', just snag one of the many beach cruiser rentals and you'll be pedaling off into the sunset in no time.


It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day at Mission Bay

San Diego has a mediterranean climate, which means lots of warm, sunny weather all throughout the year. Average highs in the winter hover around 65 degrees, with lows in the upper 40s and low 50s between December and March. Spring and fall are warmer, and average summer highs generally peak around 75 in August and September, with occasional leaps into the 80s and above. With such mild, sunny weather all year round, you'll find that prices on Mission Bay vacation rentals don't change much from one season to the next.

Natural features

There's more to the shore in Mission Bay

Mission Bay is a saltwater lagoon on the western edge of San Diego, just inland from the Pacific Ocean. Originally a tidal marsh, the bay was fortified and developed during the mid-20th century into a municipal waterfront playground. Now the bay has 27 miles of shoreline, including a number of sandy beaches and islands. A popular spot for kayaking, you'll find inlets and bays along Tecolote Creek on the east side of the bay, while the San Diego River empties into the Pacific just to the south.

Can I find a vacation rental around Mission Bay?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,653 vacation rentals near Mission Bay. From 573 Houses to 740 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mission Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mission Bay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mission Bay:

  • Mission Beach: 1,359 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 766 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 1,059 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach: 435 vacation rentals
  • North Pacific Beach: 651 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Mission Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mission Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Seaworld: 5,126 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay Park: 5,541 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay Golf Course: 5,661 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Convention Center: 1,656 vacation rentals
  • Del Mar Beach: 1,063 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mission Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Mission Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 573 Houses in Mission Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mission Bay include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 740 rentals available
  • Cottages: 118 rentals available
  • Villas: 8 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mission Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 95 vacation rentals with pool available in Mission Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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