History, Location & Area

History

Over the last hundred years, Mission Beach has undergone a compelling evolution. The chronicle of San Diego’s most dynamic coastal community recalls an era when streetcar tracks trailed down Mission Boulevard, and Spreckel’s Mission Beach Amusement Center enchanted tourists; and before that, when Asher’s ephemeral Tent City populated the sand. Yet Mission Beach’s roots expand even further – when Mission Bay was a mess of marshes; and the empty beach gleamed like blank paper, waiting for its history to begin. In the 1800s and early 1900s, Mission Beach was the eye in a tempest of San Diego development. Although the nearby coastal communities of Coronado and Pacific Beach were successfully established, the less accessible Mission Beach was largely overlooked. Mission Bay itself was a vast tidal marsh, christened False Bay hundreds of years earlier by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

John D. Spreckels- Not only was John Diedrich Spreckels the wealthiest man in San Diego, overseeing an empire hardly matched in modern times; but he was also a passionate man, whose foresight shaped our city. Over the course of his life, Spreckels constructed the Union building and the Spreckels Theater Downtown. He acquired numerous emerging San Diego landmarks like Hotel del Coronado and North Island, and was responsible for the marriage of the San Diego Union and the Tribune. His San Diego and Arizona Railway linked the city with its eastern neighbors. Spreckels was also responsible for the triumph of the San Diego coast. His San Diego-Coronado Ferry System brought mainlanders to some of the best beaches in the state. After purchasing the San Diego streetcar system, Spreckels upgraded it with electric power and extended its tracks into underdeveloped corners of San Diego, including Pacific and Mission Beaches. Suddenly, San Diego’s most picturesque city beaches became accessible to the masses. In 1925, Spreckels constructed the Mission Beach Amusement Center – now known as Belmont Park. And because his prescience and conviction, the Mission Beach awakening began.

Activities and Attractions

San Diego beach communities are the ideal vacation destination.Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is tanning on the beach, surfing, sailing, waterskiing, shopping, bar hopping or sight seeing San Diego is an ideal destination. Mission Bay is the center of water activities in San Diego and from your vacation rental you can easily arrange for rentals of anything from bikes to kayaks to speed boats for your enjoyment. Mission Beach offers surfing year round with larger waves in the winter, but cleaner conditions and warmer water in the summer.

Our vacation rentals also offer convenient access to the world famous reef breaks of La Jolla and Sunset Cliffs as well as such famous breaks as Tourmaline Surf Park, Windansea Beach, Bird Rock and much more. Nearby shopping includes Belmont Park with the world famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster built in 1925, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza and numerous boutiques along Mission Blvd. and Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach. Nearby hiking includes Cowles Mountain, Cabrillo National Monument and Torry Pines State Park among others. Also, for history buffs, San Diego is home to the first Mission in Alta California, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. Old Town San Diego is home to even more history offering a look at San Diego and the wild west long ago.

 

Belmont Park in Mission Beach

Belmont Park in Mission Beach

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is the stretch of land or sandbar between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay. Among the many qualities that make Mission Beach such a great vacation destination is that you are never far from the beach or the bay and you can walk just about anywhere within the community on the ocean front boardwalk or the bayside boardwalk. Mission Beach has plentiful restaurants, bars and nightlife offering a wide array of choices from fast food to fine dining to multi level beach clubs. All of our vacation rentals are on the oceanfront of Mission Beach. We offer luxury vacation rental condominiums and single family houses. The oceanfront boardwalk offers a lively atmosphere with beautiful views!

 

Pacific Beach Looking North

Pacific Beach Looking North

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach consists of the beaches directly north of Mission Beach from Pacific Beach Drive to the southern cliffs of La Jolla and Birdrock. The Pacific Beach community offers more shopping and restaurants and one of San Diego’s major nightlife scenes is on Garnet Avenue.

 

Theme Parks

San Diego is home to some of the world’s most famous parks including SeaWorld, The San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park and LegoLand. All are easily accessible with SeaWorld in particular being located within Mission Bay Park.

 

Getting Here

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From Downtown La Jolla

Head northeast on Prospect St toward Herschel Ave

Turn right at Herschel Ave Turn right at Wall St

Turn left at Girard Ave

Turn right at Pearl St

Turn left at La Jolla Blvd At Midway St, take the 2nd exit and stay on La Jolla Blvd

At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and stay on La Jolla Blvd

Slight left at Loring St

Turn right at Mission Blvd

Turn right toward Strandway

Turn left at Strandway

End at 3607 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA

From Downtown San Diego

Head north on 1st Ave toward W Ash St

Turn left to merge onto I-5 N

Take the exit onto I-8 W

Take the W Mission Bay Dr exit toward Sports Arena Blvd

Turn right at W Mission Bay Dr (signs for W Mission Bay Dr)

Slight right to stay on W Mission Bay Dr

Turn right at Mission Blvd

Turn left at Santa Clara Pl

Turn left at Strandway

End at 3607 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA

From San Diego International Airport

Head west

Slight left toward Terminal Access Rd

Continue straight onto Terminal Access Rd

Turn right at N Harbor Dr

Turn right at Nimitz Blvd

Slight right at Sunset Cliffs Blvd

Continue on Sea World Dr

Take the ramp onto W Mission Bay Dr

Slight right to stay on W Mission Bay Dr

Turn right at Mission Blvd

Turn left at Santa Clara Pl

Turn left at Strandway

End at 3607 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA.