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San Diego Mission Beach
Mission Beach

Play All Day At San Diego's Mission Beach

Just down the road from The Lafayette, take a stroll down this mile-long stretch of golden sand for the ultimate San Diego experience. Catch a wave for fun boogie boarding or surfing. Spread out your beach towel, catch some rays and enjoy the views.
Head over to adjacent Belmont Park, the oldest San Diego amusement park, and experience the original wooden Giant Dipper Roller Coaster or the modern FlowRider and Vertical Plunge thrill rides.

What You Need To Know

Prices -

Vary per establishment. The beach itself is free.

Hours -

Vary per establishment. The beach itself is open 24/7.


  • Spring Sprint Triathlon (April)
  • Big Bay Boom (July)
  • Pacific Islanders Festival (Sep)


  • Bicycling
  • Sunbathing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Horseshoes
  • Skateboarding


What rides does Belmont Park have?

One thing you have to do when you visit this historic oceanfront amusement park is ride the origina Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, built in 1925. Then check out the other fun rides like the Liberty Carousel, Vertical Plunge, Control Freak, Thunder Boats and Crazy Submarine. Family-friendly fun includes Tiki Town Adventure Golf, the Lazer Maze and Beach Blaster. Grab a tasty bite to eat at one of eight restaurants and snack shops.

Where is the best place to surf in Mission Beach?

Although you won't always find the biggest waves in SoCal at Mission Beach, what you will discover is perfect surf with enough space that catching a wave is never crowded. Everyone from beginners to expert riders can usually find a spot to drop. The most consistent surf is usually found at the South Mission Beach jetty, and the best time to find the biggest waves is during the fall and winter, when the Santa Ana winds and great north swells really kick things up.


Driving Directions to Mission Beach
or The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows