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Mission Bay
Holiday Travel Guide

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Mingle with eccentric locals at bohemian beaches, soak up the sun on a Jet Ski and fish from marshy islands at San Diego’s premier water park.

Spend summer days enjoying the calm waters and gorgeous scenes of Mission Bay, a saltwater lagoon just north of downtown San Diego. This 4,200-acre (1,700-hectare) bay features pristine beaches, water sports for all ages and park attractions that bring summer to life.

Get familiar with Mission Bay on a walk, skate or bike ride along 27 miles (43 kilometers) of paths that winds around the water. This natural inlet, which has a number of green islands and peninsulas, was developed in the 1940s to be a recreational water park.

Enhance your tan at one of the beaches along the sandy shoreline. Head to Pacific Beach to surf and mingle with San Diego’s youthful crowd. Play volleyball at Crown Point. Rent a boat to waterski in the bay or cruise out into the ocean.

Explore the bay on a Jet Ski tour. When conditions are suitable, kitesurf or sail from the Mission Bay Yacht Club. Otherwise, rent a canoe, paddleboard or kayak from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

Take an adventure to Fiesta Island and stay to watch the stars come out. Spot birds nesting around the bay or fish for spotted bass. Fishing is permitted throughout Mission Bay with a California license.

Cool off with a family trip to nearby SeaWorld, where you’ll witness graceful bottlenose dolphins and sea lions swimming. Find more fun at Belmont Park where you can feel the rush of sea air from a roller coaster. For relaxing fun after dark, play a round of 18 holes at the Mission Bay Golf Course, open at night under lights.

As evening falls, head to cliffs for the best views of the changing sunset sky. Alternatively, light a beach bonfire at one of several designated fire pits and roast s’mores as the day ends. Afterward, head to one of many casual bars along the Pacific Beach promenade and dance all night in shorts and flip-flops.

Mission Bay is a short drive from downtown San Diego. Access the area easily via public bus routes.

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5225 Cheap Hotels Near Mission Bay

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$251 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in San Diego, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mission Bay, Mission Beach and Belmont Park. Dog Beach and Pacific ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,246 reviews)
"The hotel is wonderful, It really feels like you are away on a nice tropical island. The dinner at the barefoot café was great, great guitar entertainment. It is my favorite hotel anywhere. private beach, pools, very close to sea world and freeway access."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
The Dana on Mission Bay
The Dana on Mission Bay
3.5 out of 5
1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$263 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in the heart of San Diego, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mission Bay, Belmont Park and SeaWorld. Mission Beach and Dog Beach are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,112 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

The Dana on Mission Bay
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
4 out of 5
1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$279 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated on the waterfront, this spa resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mission Bay, Belmont Park, and SeaWorld. Mission Beach and Dog Beach are also within 2 miles ...
4/5Very Good! (748 reviews)
"The customer service was absolutely phenomenal, I don't think I've had better customer service at a hotel in my life!"

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
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Top Mission Bay Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$251 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
The Dana on Mission Bay
The Dana on Mission Bay
3.5 out of 5
1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$263 per night from 16 May to 16 May
The Dana on Mission Bay
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
4 out of 5
1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$279 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
4 out of 5
1775 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$309 per night from 16 May to 16 May
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
Bahia Resort Hotel
Bahia Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$310 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Bahia Resort Hotel
Catamaran Resort and Spa
Catamaran Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$358 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Catamaran Resort and Spa
Stunning Mission Bay
Stunning Mission Bay
3434 Crown Point Dr, San Diego, CA
Stunning Mission Bay
Kokomo - Bayside Getaway w Spa, Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
Kokomo - Bayside Getaway w Spa, Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
4 out of 5
3349 Riviera Dr, San Diego, CA
Kokomo - Bayside Getaway w Spa, Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
Kokomo by Avantstay Bayside Getaway w/ Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
Kokomo by Avantstay Bayside Getaway w/ Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
3349 Riviera Dr, San Diego, CA
Kokomo by Avantstay Bayside Getaway w/ Fire Pit, & Large Outdoor Patio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.