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Mission Beach California - San Diego County

Mission Beach could be called a place for lovers of extreme active living and probably more than any other community it exemplifies what San Diego is all about – that being unlimited fun and sun at the beach. Its residential and commercial area is located primarily along a two-mile former sandbar known as The Strand. It’s bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west side and Mission Bay Park with its marinas, resorts, grassy parks, miles of biking paths, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, fishing, ballparks, skateboard park and more, on its east side.   And if that wasn’t enough – SeaWorld - home of Shamu the whale, the San Diego Sports Arena and a vintage amusement park add to the mix. 

Qualcomm Stadium is just minutes away in Mission Valley and Downtown San Diego, and Tijuana Mexico 10-30 minutes south.  Its Belmont Park is a wonderful old amusement park featuring the wooden Giant Big Dipper Roller Coaster built in 1925 along with other traditional amusement park rides.  Recent new additions of waterslides and a wave machine for surfing keep it up-to-date.  The adjacent natatorium called the Plunge is a 400,000-gallon indoor pool built in 1925 by a developer to promote his lots for sale.  Today it still carries on being used daily by the public for swimming and exercise classes.


A two-mile concrete boardwalk runs the length of the beachfront where people promenade, bike, and skate ending at the Mission Beach channel breakwater and jetty.  There surfers enjoy the surf break and fishermen fish off its rocks, while sports fishing charter boats pass by in and out of the Mission Bay harbor basin.

Many boutique hotels, beach cottages, apartment, luxury homes and condos can be found here for rent or sale in this compact community.  Bounded on the land side by the communities of Pacific Beach on the north, and Ocean Beach on the south - it has the smallest lots in the city ranging from 1,250 to 2,400 square feet which result in it having the highest density in the city with 36 units per acre. 

With the Pacific Ocean for a front yard and Mission Bay Park for a backyard – one doesn’t need a large estate sized property here. Though Mission Beach and Mission Bay are enjoyed by millions of locals and tourists each year, the immense scale of its surrounding parks, beaches, bays and ocean allows one to have ones own space to breathe and retreat into.

Mission Beach is San Diego’s most popular beach attracting visitors and residents that are especially active.  Some former residents include:  Olympic Volleyball players and medal winners Lloyd Ball, Pat Gallagher, and Pat Powers; True Crime Author Cathy Scott, San Diego Charger football players, and billionaire newspaper publisher David C. Copley.




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San Diego, California - Last Revision - 05 January 2008 - jat