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The Mission Beach Boardwalk Is The Place to Be

Author 01-21-2016

Mission Beach is one of the most popular seaside destinations in San Diego for good reason. The Mission Beach Boardwalk is the place to see and be seen–with a fascinating and diverse crowd, it’s an awesome place to people watch. The Mission Beach Boardwalk connects Mission Beach itself with all the attractions within walking distance.

Some may compare San Diego’s Mission Beach to the East Coast’s Atlantic City and Coney Island–especially because of the Belmont amusement park–but there’s a unique Southern California vibe you can’t find anywhere else here.

Mission Beach is right between Pacific Beach on the north side and Belmont Park to the south, and the Mission Beach Boardwalk connects it all. Hot dog stands, fine dining, night clubs, street performers all add to the carnival atmosphere of the Mission Beach Boardwalk.

Belmont Park

Mission Beach Boardwalk

Mission Beach Boardwalk

Most of the action on the Mission Beach Boardwalk centers around Belmont Park. You can ride the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, or rent a set of rollerblades to ride up and down the boardwalk.

The amusement park provides plenty of thrills (the roller coaster and wave machines are favorites!) and excitement for kids of all ages. Hop on the Giant Dipper roller coaster for a thrilling ride right next to the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the other carnival rides, or simply cruise around the many shops and food stands surrounding the park.

Belmont Park offers unlimited ride wristbands (adult and child prices) for a full day of fun on the Giant Dipper, bumper cars, carousel and other rides.

Wave House on Mission Beach Boardwalk

Situated directly on the Mission Beach boardwalk, this is a 30,000-square-foot outdoor venue featuring tiki bars, fire pits, cabanas and tropical palms. You can also get stoked on the world famous FlowBarrel wave machine–the only one in the United States!

South Mission Beach

Stroll down the Mission Beach Boardwalk to South Mission Beach and you’ll find a slower pace from the lively activity in the Belmont Park area. There are some great spots for fishing at the end of the road at South Mission Beach Park, where you can cast off the jetty and watch boats float through the Harbor Channel.

Below the surface there’s a surprise: a half-mile off the coast are a series of shipwrecks, placed here to create an artificial reef and a diver’s haven for underwater exploration. You can even download a free guide to the Southern California artificial reefs (just scroll down to the Mission Beach pdf).


Your best bet will be the public lots around Belmont Park, Santa Clara Point and South Mission Beach Park. Otherwise, this is a good place to visit by bus or bike.


If family fun and nightlife are both on your vacation wish list, you can have it all on Mission Beach. Book your Mission Beach vacation today, and start dreaming of the memories you’ll make on the Mission Beach Boardwalk! 710 Beach Rentals can help you find the perfect Mission Beach property for your stay. You can browse our portfolio of vacation rentals, including our six-bedroom and seven-bedroom rentals. And don’t forget to check out our free area Vacation Guide.