Mission Bay San Diego has 27 miles of gorgeous shoreline south of Pacific Beach. Mission Bay is actually a salt-water bay or lagoon that is a part of the larger Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made aquatic park in the United States. Residents of San Diego Bay as well as tourists from around the world come to Mission Bay to enjoy the nearly year-round temperate climate and in the late spring and summer months, wakeboarding, sailing, and sunbathing. Whether you opt for a modern, luxury hotel, or for Mission Bay camping, you are sure to enjoy your retreat on the golden sandy beaches here.
Many of the 27 miles of shoreline at Mission Bay San Diego are sandy beaches that are open to the public. Not only are the sun and water warm, but the sand is soft and the tidal conditions are calm enough that the whole family can enjoy their time at San Diego Bay. The various beaches are organized well and have designated areas for water sports, boating, and sunbathing. There are boat docks, launching facilities, water sport rentals, and playgrounds for the children. Parking is plentiful along the beaches at Mission Bay San Diego. Be aware that public showers and restrooms are available and lifeguards are on duty throughout the day at most of the public beaches.
The appeal of Mission Bay San Diego goes beyond the water activities with popular attractions including SeaWorld, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, and Belmont Park. SeaWorld has long been a favorite destination in San Diego offering park goers a glimpse inside the world of marine mammals. The many exhibits, shows, and performances have kept guests returning for years. The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is the largest instructional waterfront facility in the world where people can take lessons in sports such as wakeboarding and surfing.
Belmont Park is a theme park in San Diego Bay, located right on the beach, where people can ride the Giant Dipper, a roller coaster that was first opened in 1925 and a whole host of other rides. The Wave House Bar and Grill features two artificial waves and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Belmont Park also offers guests tons of options for dining and entertainment, only adding to the allure of Mission Bay.
If you are considering Mission Bay camping there are a couple of locations that you should look into. San Elijo State Beach is a popular destination for camping, snorkeling, and hiking and reservations can be made with relative ease during off-season months. Because of the amount of people this small area needs to serve in the summer, it is very difficult to get a plot for camping around this time of year. However, since the weather is nice nearly year round in Southern California, you are not restricted to having to visit during select seasons to go camping in the area. Think about Mission Bay camping as a viable option for affordable lodging on the beach that allows you to spend more money on enjoying vacation.
If camping is not your thing, then you will be interested in knowing that there is a vast array of Mission Bay hotels from which to choose. From luxury accommodations to relatively inexpensive hotels in Mission Bay, you should be able to find something that suits your trip.