The community of Mission Beach is situated along a narrow stretch of land that juts out into the Pacific Ocean west of Mission Bay and north of downtown San Diego. Spanning nearly two miles of the ocean, Mission Beach is largely a very relaxed beach town, thanks in part to two parallel boardwalks that run alongside the sandbar on both the ocean and bay sides of Mission Beach. The beautiful sunsets, sandy white beaches, and extraordinarily cooperative weather make Mission Beach a highly desirable hometown.
Because the land area of Mission Beach is so limited, it was created and developed hand in hand with Pacific Beach, just north of the community. Pacific Beach is known to be one of San Diego’s younger communities and is populated by many young people, surfers, and college students, although rising costs have led to a more affluent and professional crowd. Affectionately referred to as “P.B.” by the locals, Pacific Beach hosts one of San Diego’s larger nightlife scenes because of its variety of bars, restaurants, and fashion boutiques. Pacific Beach serves as a resource for residents of Mission Beach who use the Pacific Beach community for shopping and exercising at one of its many parks and recreation areas.
Mission Boulevard serves as the main artery for Mission Beach and not only has the most traffic but serves the most residents and visitors because of its many well-known bars and restaurants. Most bars are very relaxed and beach-style gathering places. Some of the area’s most noted bars, like The Sandbar Sports Grill, The Beachcomber, and The Pennant, are busy seven days a week.
Residents of Mission Beach love being outdoors and exploring nature. Mission Beach offers opportunities to participate in sunbathing, horseshoes, surfing, bicycling, skateboarding, Frisbee tossing, and other outdoor activities. Other attractions near Mission Beach include SeaWorld San Diego and the historic Belmont Park. The park features the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and other amusement park rides that are frequented by families from Mission Beach and visitors alike. Belmont Park has been completely renovated from its original appearance with the exception of he Mission Beach Plunge, one of a few remaining salt water pools on the coast.