This community was once a tough sell with small lots, now brims with residents. It was one of the last beach communities to be developed in San Diego. It is the home to the ocean front carnival-style amusement park, Belmont Park, and the popular Sea World which is right across the bay.
History: Mission Beach got started in 1914 and initially was a hard sell due to its narrow lots and the large sandbar that wedged between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay. A concrete sea wall was built in 1920s and on July 4th 1925, John D Spreckles opened the Mission Beach Amusement Park (now known as Belmont Park). The centerpiece is the 2,600 foot Giant Dipper rollercoaster.
Things to Do: Belmont Park is like a “year-round” state fair with the carnival style rides, games, shops and foods.. Sea World is one of the largest marine life amusement parks with shows and rides and fireworks displays in the evening. Walk, roller skate or bike around the boardwalk and you will see many merchants and artists there for your entertainment. For a family-fun beach club experience, go to The Beach House, near the Fit Gym and facing the ocean. Grab a drink, listen to some live music, play some corn-hole in the sand and watch the sunset. Finally, rent a sail boat, kayak or paddle board and enjoy the calm waters along the Mission Bay.