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Mission Beach Park, San Diego

4.2
Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Settle into a fun, carnival-like atmosphere at Mission Beach Park, where you can swim, lounge on the sand all day, or wander the area. You'll find plenty of food stands, bars, and street performers, and some fine-dining restaurants as well. You can surf, play sports, join beach boot camps, and even ride a rollercoaster or artificial waves. The mood is calmer at the opposite end of the beach, which features fishing spots and underwater shipwrecks you can explore. Parking spots are hard to find; buses and bikes are better options. Plan to visit Mission Beach Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Diego attractions using our San Diego road trip planning tool.
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  • We spent several hours hanging on Mission Beach. The sand was very soft, the ocean water was too cold for us but still nice and refreshing, and there was plenty of space to relax among numerous...  more »
  • While it can get very busy on the weekends, Mission Beach is a very nice beach. Lots of places to lay out, nice sand as you go out into the water. Some surf, some boogie board, most just enjoy...  more »

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