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Mission Beach and Lagoon

San Diego, CA
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Mission Beach and Lagoon, San Diego California

Description

Mission Beach is a happening place! Here cool rollerbalders whizz by on the boardwalk while kids play in the sand or splash in the cold water. The sand here is soft and abundant. Restaurants line the boardwalk, some with high up views where you can sit sheltered by glass. North Shore Cafe has amazing oatmeal pancakes and you can sit cozy in the narrow wooden interior with the waves crashing just metres away. 
In the plaza behind Mission Beach is Belmont Park, an amusement park. You can ride a rollercoaster, go on all manner of freaky-looking rides that whirl you around, and "rock climb" up a palm tree!
Just on the boardwalk is a fitness club, Wave House Athletic Club, that has two outdoor wave pools! You can walk inside and grab a beer and watch the surfers try out the crazy waves that suck them up if they aren't careful! Tons of people hang out under the grass-shack umbrellas and take in the scene. 
Across a huge lawn is a lovely lagoon bordered with palms galore where kids can play in the sand or on the two playgrounds. It's a serene, beautiful setting that almost reminded me of Ala Moana Beach in Hawaii!
If you like zoos, check out San Diego Zoo and enjoy its lush, tropical landscaping.


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Picnic spots by the lagoon.
Picnic spots by the lagoon.
Playground by the lagoon!
Playground by the lagoon!
Dolphins to ride at the playground by the lagoon.
Dolphins to ride at the playground by the lagoon.
A mom and child at the lagoon area.
A mom and child at the lagoon area.
Delightful morning scene at the lagoon.
Delightful morning scene at the lagoon.
North Shore Cafe, metres from the pounding surf!
North Shore Cafe, metres from the pounding surf!
Wave House Athletic Club, with its two wave pools. Wish I'd had my camera in the evening when it was such fun!
Wave House Athletic Club, with its two wave pools. Wish I'd had my camera in the evening when it was such fun!
Early morning at Mission Beach is a quiet scene. See the nice sand. Evenings find the beach packed with fun-seekers.
Early morning at Mission Beach is a quiet scene. See the nice sand. Evenings find the beach packed with fun-seekers.
The boardwalk and a beach entry.
The boardwalk and a beach entry.
Great restaurant balcony overlooking the beach.
Great restaurant balcony overlooking the beach.
Great spots to sit and dine, overlooking the beach and all the people playing in the sand!
Great spots to sit and dine, overlooking the beach and all the people playing in the sand!
The grungier end of Mission Beach, at Ventura Pl.
The grungier end of Mission Beach, at Ventura Pl.

Directions

From Highway 5 southbound, take the Balboa Ave exit and merge onto Mission Bay Dr. Turn right on Garnet Avenue which turns into Balboa Avenue and then Grand Avenue. Turn left on Mission Blvd and follow it along until you come to Mission Beach.
From Highway 5 northbound, exit at Highway 8 West. Go 1.3 miles and then take the W. Mission Bay Dr exit. Follow W. Mission Bay Dr for 2 miles- you will go over a ramp. Then turn left at Mission Blvd.
There are several free parking lots.
You can also turn left on Mission Bay Dr and there is a good parking lot on your right, by the lagoon playground. This parking lot has no tow away rules.
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North Shore Cafe, 3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, call (858) 228-9283.
Belmont Park,
3146 Mission Boulevard, call (858) 488-1549.
Wave House Athletic Club, 3115 Ocean Front Walk, call (858) 228-9300.

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Visitor Ratings

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Andreia
09/30/2015 02:32
Mission Beach is super amazing!

HB
09/10/2010 08:09
Beautiful! Can never get enough of San Diego :)

Linda
07/07/2010 13:33
I luv MB! I will be there again this weekend! whoo hoo

toni
04/09/2010 20:41
Simply Magic!!

Jodhi
10/15/2009 12:58
beach is decent, night life a blast

adele
10/09/2009 15:13
sans doute la meilleure

Nicole
10/01/2009 14:07
jealous!!!!

Last Updated Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:55:16 GMT