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Mission Beach Tours

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Mission Beach
A coastal community that lies on a narrow peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay, Mission Beach offers a variety of outdoor activities from sunbathing and surfing to bicycling, kayaking, skateboarding, beach volleyball, and basketball.
 
The Basics
Located about eight miles (13 kilometers) from downtown San Diego, Mission Beach provides a more relaxed vibe than the bustle of the city. Consider a coastal bike tour or a beaches tour to get a feel for the Southern California lifestyle, or just grab a towel and book and hit the wide stretch of sand. For something more retro, head to Belmont Park, a beachside amusement park with a wooden roller coaster and vintage games.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The area's main commercial drag, Mission Boulevard, is lined with bars, eateries, surf schools, and shops.
  • Bring plenty of sun protection if you plan to spend the day outside.
  • A boardwalk runs along the beach, providing plenty of people-watching opportunities.
 
How to Get There
Mission Beach is about a 15-minute drive northwest of downtown San Diego, bordered by the San Diego River estuary on the south, Mission Bay on the east, and the community of Pacific Beach to the north. It’s accessible via city bus line No. 8.
 
When to Get There
Morning is the perfect time for a walk or run on the beach, before it gets too hot; surfing is typically most popular in the morning and early evening. Photographers won’t want to miss sunset, which is also when the Mission Beach nightlife scene comes to life.
 
Mission Bay Attractions
On the east side of the peninsula, Mission Bay separates Mission Beach from the rest of San Diego and is best known as the home of SeaWorld San Diego. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are also popular in the bay, where the waters are calmer than the open ocean.
Address: Mission Boulevard, San Diego, California, USA
Admission: Free
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Mission Beach

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Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure

Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure

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Get the best chance of seeing whales and dolphins on a private boat tour. Your party will have the run of the boat, including an enclosed cabin, an observation tower, and a restroom. Your experienced USCG-certified captain knows the best places to spot wildlife and will provide engaging commentary on the local marine ecosystem.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

La Jolla & San Diego Beaches Tour

La Jolla & San Diego Beaches Tour

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The tour will depart from Old Town and head to Mount Soledad followed by four conveniently located stops where you can disembark and explore in depth. Have the chance to visit historic sites in Old Town, and bring along your beachwear to enjoy the coast. See the natural treasures of this beachy city at Mount Soledad, which offers 360-degree views over San Diego.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.00
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$39.00
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Bike Around San Diego Bay to the Ocean

Bike Around San Diego Bay to the Ocean

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Mission Bay Bike Tour Highlights: Almost car-free – primarily on Bike Paths Ocean Boardwalk for miles and miles Belmont Park with Roller Coaster and Wave House Sea World Wildlife Reserves One-of-Kind Pacific Beach and Pier Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
Price varies by group size
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$75.00
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

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Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and hidden gems on a private, 3-hour sightseeing tour with an experienced guide. Customize the itinerary to your interests, then explore the city in the comfort of a luxurious, VW Eurovan that seats up to six people. Visit Balboa Park’s botanical garden and the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy a beachside stroll at Ocean Beach. Take in the bustling downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by the glamorous Del Coronado Hotel then see the birthplace of California in Old Town San Diego.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.00
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$96.00
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Private Shuttled Coastal Gems Scenic Customizable Tour

Private Shuttled Coastal Gems Scenic Customizable Tour

Live the California Dream and experience San Diego’s outstanding coastal scenery during your private tour, led personally by Julie Kremen, an award winning professional and certified tour guide. Read the reviews and see why she is top-rated on TripAdvisor. Besides seeing magnificent sites, you will learn what makes the area’s 70 miles of coastline so special — including learning about the culture, the history, and the lifestyles of the locals. Breezy palm trees, captivating coastal vistas, postcard perfect cliffs, colorful beach umbrellas, hidden sea caves, picturesque ocean coves, crashing waves… Need we say more? This is the quintessential Southern California beach and seascape tour you’ve always wanted to do. Live the California Dream! Note: This 4 hour private tour is fully customizable; contact Julie to book as described above or discuss how to change to suit your needs.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$455.00
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Go San Diego Explorer City Pass: Choose any 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

Go San Diego Explorer City Pass: Choose any 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

Discover San Diego with a multi-attraction city pass that gives you free admission to your choice of 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions and tours. The Go San Diego Explorer pass saves you up to 60% compared to normal ticket prices, and is valid for 60 days from your first attraction visit. Explore top attractions like the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Natural History Museum, USS Midway Museum, or enjoy popular activities like speedboat tours and full-day bike rentals at La Jolla or Coronado Beach. Your Explorer pass is fully-digital so you'll be able to download it to your mobile device or print it at home, and enjoy contactless entry to your choice of attractions. Please note: You can now enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans change. All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for 2 years from purchase and only become activated with your first visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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