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Mission Bay
Holiday Travel Guide

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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5322 Cheap Hotels Near Mission Bay

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$303 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

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! (2,066 reviews)

"Great time, great place, and friendly staff. It can get very crowded, so be aware of this. Overall, I would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2021

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
4 out of 5
1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$224 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

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! (598 reviews)

"This was our 3rd time staying here and we had an excellent experience once again. The highlights are the waterslides, amazing view and the free hour of kayaking or paddle-boarding. We also ate at the Pelicans Bay restaurant for take-out and had really yummy beef nachos and chicken quesadilla. There ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2021

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$265 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in San Diego, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of San Diego, SeaWorld and Mission Beach. Balboa Park ...

4.1/5Very Good! (185 reviews)

"That the room looked just like the picture on the site! They kept the grounds very clean. The view from the patio was amazing; the only downfall was the overnight parking a bit high ($40 a night)."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2021

San Diego Mission Bay Resort
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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$303 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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$224 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.
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$265 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.
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$218 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.
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$229 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.
Catamaran Resort and 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$211 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.
The Dana on Mission Bay
Stunning Mission Bay
Stunning Mission Bay
3434 Crown Point Dr, San Diego, CA
Stunning Mission Bay
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
Crown Point Oasis By the Bay - Walk to the Sand
Crown Point Oasis By the Bay - Walk to the Sand
3621 Ingraham St, San Diego, CA
Crown Point Oasis By the Bay - Walk to the Sand
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.