This is one of the most fun beaches in the City of San Diego. And no wonder... the activites here
are endless. The beach, aka the Strand, is nearly 2 miles long, begins at the Mission Bay channel
entrance and ends at the north end of Pacific Beach. Part of the beach faces the ocean, and part
faces the bay. A boardwalk extends for nearly 3 miles along the beach and around Mission Bay. This
is a fantastic beach for the kids because of all the water and land activities available, plus the
swimming and surfing areas are separated. About the only thing at this beach that is not great is
scuba diving. No sea critters lurking here. South Mission Beach is volleyball heaven.
Beach: Swimming, sunbathing, body boarding, surfing, volleyball, kayaking, picnicking, sandcastle
building and more volleyball.
The Mission Beach boardwalk has been widened with designated lanes for walking and riding. Nearly
3 miles long, activities include: skateboarding, skating, rollerblading, bicycling, jogging,
Lifeguard: (year-round) station at the foot of Ventura Street beside a landmark roller coaster. In
summer, additional lifeguards are staffed along the beach in seasonal lifeguard towers. Lifeguards
are generally on duty from 9am to dusk.
Restrooms & Showers:
at the lifeguard station, foot of Ventura Pl
at the south side of Belmont Park
across from the Mission Beach lifeguard station (north) at the commercial mall
Location / Directions:
West Mission Bay Drive & Mission Boulevard at foot of Ventura Pl.
From I-5, exit Grand Avenue, westbound to Mission Boulevard. Take Mission Boulevard south to West
Mission Bay Drive. At this point West Mission Bay Dr west of Mission Blvd becomes Ventura Pl. The
main lifeguard station is located at the foot of Ventura Pl. You should see the roller coaster at
Belmont park to the south.
Take Highway 8 west and follow the signs to West Mission Bay Drive.
Free public parking is available on the north and south side of Belmont Park, and at the foot of
West Mission Bay Drive. There is additional parking in two lots across the street adjacent to
Bonita Cove. Street parking is available along Mission Boulevard.
NO Alcohol on the boardwalk, on or against the seawall, or in any park adjacent to the beach, or
in the parking lots.
Alcohol may be consumed on the beach from 12 noon to 8pm, but do not even touch the seawall!
NO Glass containers
Fire rings (first come first served)
Equipment rentals: around the Mission Beach lifeguard station, foot of Ventura St.
Disability Access: The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. A special beach wheelchair,
which requires an attendant, is generally kept at the main lifeguard station and available on a
first come, first served basis at no charge.
Belmont Park (3115 Ocean Front Walk): Amusement park (south end of Mission Beach, north end of
Pacific beach) with arcade games, merry-go-round, bumper boats, the famous Big Dipper
rollercoaster, and The Plunge, an indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool.
South Mission Beach
At the south end Mission Beach, aka South Mission Beach, is a jetty, a grassy area, parking, and a
walk that extends into the ocean. This is a popular place to engage in beach volleyball and
basketball. A popular game similar to baseball called "Over-The-Line" is allowed in a
portion of this area. South Mission Beach is bordered on the south by the Mission Bay Channel, and
is possibly the widest beach in the City. This beach has separate water areas reserved for
swimming and surfing. This beach area is also not recommended for scuba diving due heavy surf and
lack of undersea life.
Swimming, surfing, volleyball, basketball
Lifeguards: year round at the main lifeguard station, foot of Avalon Court. Summer: additional
lifeguard towers are staffed all along the beach. Lifeguards are generally on duty from 9 am to
Public restrooms and showers are located at the foot of San Diego Place, near the parking lot.
Location / Directions:
Take Interstate 5 to Sea World Drive. Follow the signs to West Mission Bay Drive. Turn left on
Mission Blvd. At the south end of Mission Blvd, make a right turn into the parking lot.
Extensive free public parking is available at the south end of this beach. Parking lot is at the
south end of Mission Blvd.
Containers for beach fires are generally provided during summer months and available on a first
come first serve basis.
The boardwalk is accessible to wheelchairs. A special ramp extends from the parking lot onto the
beach to allow for wheelchair access.
Standard San Diego beach regulations apply.