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San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Mission Beach 

Updated: Apr 29

Mission Beach is a coastal community located in San Diego, California. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city with a lively boardwalk lined with restaurants and a gorgeous beach perfect for watching the sunset. 

Boardwalk at Mission Beach


Mission Beach has a mix of beachfront homes, vacation rentals, and an array of dining options, Mission Beach caters to a diverse crowd. It has a lively yet laid-back atmosphere.

Getting Around

Bike-friendly routes

  • This is a great place to bike and during your visit, you will see many people biking around Mission Beach. 

  • Parking in Mission Beach can be tricky, especially during the summer months. There are several free parking lots and street parking near Belmont Park. There is also an additional parking lot located in South Mission Beach (this lot fills up quickly).

  • If you plan on visiting restaurants in North Mission Beach be aware that parking in this area is minimal. There is street parking but unless you arrive early the spots are usually filled. A few parking lots are available for a fee ($20 to park!)

Where to Eat

  • Miss B’s Coconut Club - great place to go for brunch! I love their coconut French toast and their breakfast tacos!

Miss B's Coconut Club- Breakfast Tacos

Miss B's Coconut Club- French Toast

Mission- pancakes

  • Cannonball- rooftop restaurant overlooking the beach and the boardwalk.

  • Draft South Mission- A popular restaurant along the boardwalk

  • Juice Wave- is my favorite place to get an acai bowl in Mission Beach! Locally owned and operated juice bar!

Things to do

  • Visit Belmont Park-beachside amusement park, fun for all ages!

Belmont Park

  • Beach Volleyball- South Mission Beach has free public nets available near the basketball courts

  • Roller skate on the boardwalk- If you don’t have roller skates, no problem, there is a place where you can rent skates in Belmont Park

Me rollerblading on the boardwalk

  • Rent Bikes and ride on the boardwalk - there is also a bike rental place in Belmont Park.

Mission Beach - Rentals

  • Enjoy a fire pit on the beach! - there are several firepits available for use right on the beach! You just need to bring firewood and a lighter!

Insider Tips

  • If you are looking for more areas to explore in the area, check out Mission Bay! There is a nice paved trail that will take you along the bay. 

  • Crown Point Park has a nice beach area that is great for escaping the crowds during high season. 

Whether you're a local or a visitor, I hope this guide helps you discover the best places to eat and things to do in Mission Beach. If you have any suggestions or want to share your favorite spots, feel free to leave a comment!

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Great tips!

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