Mission Beach | Beaches

How many lives does a roller coaster have?

The Giant Dipper, one of the oldest wooden coasters on the west coast, has come close to losing it’s lease on life not once, but several times over the last 80 years.  Opened in 1925, fire forced a closure just 23 years later, after which it was repaired and re-opened.  After years of neglect, the roller coaster was threatened again, and actually slated for demolition in 1978.  San Diegans came together to save the coaster, and a grass-roots campaign led to the full restoration and re-opening of the Giant Dipper in 1990.

Mission Beach is as close as San Diego gets to an Atlantic-style boardwalk.  Popular for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking,  there are always plenty of surfers and body boarders, too, although the waves are rarely remarkable.  Primarily a residential area, chic boutiques & cafes offer creature comforts along this stretch, and funky apartments line the beach boardwalk, prime for people watching.  Parking is next to impossible on the narrow and densely populated streets… public transportation is a great option to explore for this area.


Mission Beach – South Strand

Belmont Park

Mission Beach – North Strand

Mission Beach Surf Report by Surfshot.com

  • Lifeguard services → if any ← can vary by season, day or hours!
  • Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach. See San Diego Dog Beach & Park Information
  • Overnight camping / sleeping is not permitted, except at campgrounds
  • Smoking has been banned on all California State Beaches & Parks
  • Alcohol is not permitted on most beaches (Yes, this includes beer & wine…)
  • All beach information & details are  subject to change without notice
  • Be safe!  Always check rules & hazards of each beach