Mission Beach is a is part of the city of San Diego, California. It is a neighborhood that was built on a sandbar in between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay.
Famous attractions near Mission Beach are Sea World in Mission Bay Park and the historic amusement park Belmont Park in South Mission Beach. Belmont Park was originally built as the Mission Beach
Amusement Center by John D. Spreckels in 1925 to encourage real estate sales and to sponsor his electric railway. Belmont Park now has the original wooden Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and also has
newer rides such as Tilt a Whirl, Chaos, Krazy Kars, The Beach Blaster,the FlowRider at Wave House, Liberty Carousel, Vertical Plunge, The Chaos, and Crazy Submarine.
A lot of the original homes in Mission Beach were built in the 1930s and ’40s as summer cottages. Because of lack of work with developing on sand, Mission Beach developed after than the next community of Ocean Beach to the south and Pacific Beach to the north. In 1914, stimulated by land sales in those neighboring communities and a new bridge linking Mission Beach with Ocean
Beach, John D. Spreckels put up small lots for sale. because of that, Mission Beach is the most heavily populated residential community in San Diego with land use designation across the most of its land section of 36 dwelling units per acre it has small lots in the town.
Mission Beach expands nearly two miles of beach front. It is joined by the San Diego River estuary on the south, the community of Pacific Beach on the north, Mission Bay Park on the east. The boardwalk runs along the sandy beaches on both of the ocean beach and bay sides of the neighborhood and a peninsula. The main street in Mission Beach is Mission Boulevard.
The neighborhood is split between South Mission, North Mission. The Mission Beach Plunge in Belmont Park opened in May 1925 as the Natatorium, Designed by architect Frank Walter Stevenson.
The 60-foot swimming pool was at the time the largest salt-water pool in the world, holding 400,000 gallons. The Plunge building enclosing the pool was designed after the Spanish Renaissance architecture of San Diego’s Balboa Park. The roof of the building rolled open to make it both an indoor and outdoor pool. The Mission Beach Plunge and the Giant Dipper are the only remaining attractions left from Spreckels’ original park; the other structures were razed in the late 1980s.
Mission Beach offers opportunities to participate in bicycling, sunbathing, surfing, skateboarding, horseshoes, Frisbee tossing, and other outdoor activities. “Skate This!” a local skating club, performs for free on weekends, Showing off skateboarding tricks and dancing on both rollerblades and traditional skates.