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- 98%Family Travelers
- 83%Budget Travelers
- 76%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 65%Local Culture
- 62%Adventure Travelers
- 58%Green Travelers
- 58%Nightlife Lovers
Member Reviews (92)
- Mission BeachMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Mar 09, 2014
99 Steps to the Ocean or the Bay, either upstairs or downstairs - two of the best vacation rental experiences we've ever had. Family owned and oriented, very personal and comfortable - just like having a close friend or relative in Mission Beach!
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- Mission BeachMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 1Jan 17, 2014
How the heck do you review a beach? Wow nice sand and waves and hot babes... Even though it's difficult, I'm glad that people have reviewed most of the San Diego Beaches.
So my plan was get a bunch of buddies together to visit San Diego and hit the beach then take on some of the Man Vs Food San Diego restaurants. I'm crazy right? In Orange County we have a lot of beaches my favorite are Newport Beach and Laguna Beach and sometime Huntington Beach depending on what you plan to do there. Being a San Diego newbie, I thought San Diego was one big city with only one beach. I know I'm an idiot. I spent about a week or longer looking through 10 plus beaches in the San Diego region. My biggest fear was we would pick a crappy beach.
The 3 finalist beaches in San Diego Beach cChallenge were: Mission, PB (peanut butter? I don't know what that is..), and Black's beach. I tried hard creating a Talk tread on Yelp and even private messaging yelp buddies. Yelp is great for restaurants, but it is hard to get local feed back from an outdoor place like a beach. Yelp Talk can suck because most of the time there's a lot of trolling and people saying you have nice boobs, but lucky for me neither thing happened. PB I still didn't get much info except lots of people go there and popular with tourist. Black's beach is technically a nude beach or clothing optional although I read stories about old men letting it all hang out. I have enough horror stories of that on my own going to a 24 Hour Fitness.
MISSION BEACH! Mission Impossible? I think not. Mission complete finally! The best thing about San Diego is Free Parking and great weather! Bad thing. Everyone goes early. After lunch and traffic we got to the beach around 2 or 3 pm on a Saturday. I literally drove up and down the entire coast line of San Diego looking for parking. From the roller coaster area, to the yacht club, and library. I was willing to risk a parking ticket or a tow truck, but after about 1 to 1.5 hours later we found parking! I was going to cry and rock myself to sleep, but on the absolute last draw. I drove down a dead end street and took a risk and the very first space next to the stairway to the beach a car pulled out right when came up to it. No pun intended. Success!
The beach was packed but we had a nice chill area in the back where we played a little football. There was seaweed and trash cans everywhere! I wasn't use to that being so close together. I expected a huge clear beach with a lot of open sand like Huntington Beach. There were a lot of people but hardly anyone went in the water. It was overcast but hot and humid when we went.
If you are from San Diego, please give me your feedback. If anything I said is inaccurate, please correct me. I might go to Mission Beach again, but i will need to go early. Compared to the OC, if you are looking for SD beach, stay here. So far, I'm not impressed. San Diego is beautiful, but parking and the traffic are a biotch. I recommend staying in a hotel when visiting San Diego try not to plan a day trip there.
- Mission BeachAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 11, 2013
Gorgeous sunsets and lovely for walks along the boardwalk! Tons of bars & restaurants nearby, try Sandbar for taco Tuesday or wave house in the summer!
- Mission BeachMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Nov 11, 2013
So what do you like to do for fun when you are in sunny Southern California? I always associate the beach with So Cal. However when in SD, I always think of Mission Beach when I am thinking of the beach.
This is one of those super long beaches with a wide sand strip between the boardwalk, houses, roads, etc. They have reasonable surf for boogie boarders, body surfers, paddle boarders, and the Big Kahuna's. It is fairly clean with lots of regular life guard towers and plenty of open space to set up your spread and play with the kids.
There are a lot of activities at this beach; basketball courts, volleyball courts, a fun zone with a wooden rollercoaster, a pier, a rock jetty, a grass promontory and an awesome boardwalk extending the full length of the beach.
I have spent a number of days and nights down here enjoying the day and night life. There is always something fun happening. This place is kid and adult friendly depending on the people that you are with. Anticipate being able to have a fun filled time wherever at this beach you decide to go. Parking is often at a premium and may cost you an arm but not a leg to get a spot without fear of a ticket.
There are a number of restaurants and concessionaires near the boardwalk/beach as well. Consequently, you don't even have to bring grub with you to have a most excellent day at the beach.
Catch a wave Kahuna... Im gonna go find me a Wahine instead...
- Mission BeachMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 07, 2013
Crowded but still enjoyable, with so much to see and do. It definitely felt like you couldn't miss it when visiting San Diego.
- Mission BeachOct 19, 2013
Yup it's that quintessential San Diego County beach town, with the amusement park rides, the beach promenade and all the surf shops and beatnik cafes lined up along the ocean front. Best for teens or younger kids, this sandy spot gets mighty crowded on weekends, when parking on the street is a tight squeeze.
- Mission BeachMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2Sep 13, 2013
Growing up, our family never went to Mission Beach mostly because of its reputation for parties and drinking. About two years ago after the alcohol ban went into affect, a friend told us about a section of Mission Beach that's farther away from boardwalk and crowds. That small section is wonderful (if you can get a parking spot) and very family friendly with grassy areas. Also a great alternative if you don't want to make the trek out to Coronado and want more sand then La Jolla Shores.