Mission Bay and Mission Beach
Epic Achievement of Coastal Development
Mission Bay Park ranks as one of the largest coastal development ever undertaken. The aquatic themed wonderland covers 4,600 acres of beaches, residential neighborhoods, parks, natural areas, business districts, and commercial attractions. There are 27 miles of shorelines created by the various canals and waterways that thread through the district. Neighboring Mission Beach is an attractive residential district.
Sea World, San Diego is located in Mission Bay. Billed as a marine adventure park, Sea World attracts visitors from around the world to see its shows featuring killer whales, dolphins, and seals performing tricks on command. The sight of colossal killer whales leaping up into the air is an unforgettable spectacle. There are also many informative exhibits of marine life along with multiple aquariums housing rare and exotic fishes and other forms of marine life.
A visit to Mission Beach allows one to experience beach living at its best. Attractive homes with well appointed gardens are set along tree lined streets that invite pedestrian use. An ocean front boardwalk stretches for 3 miles into adjacent Pacific Beach. The walkway is bordered by an eclectic assortment of shops and cafes. Many of the shops sell goods made by local artisans. This area has a sizeable community of artists attracted by the laid back lifestyle, good vibes, and great weather.
Every water sport activity imaginable can be enjoyed in Mission Bay. There are kayaks, surfboards, and snorkeling equipment for rent. Boats can be chartered, and the adventurous can go parachute sailing. Fishing is excellent around Mission Bay, and there are half day, all day, and overnight excursion available at several sites. Many of these boats offer whale watching trips in winter.
Beaches are Activity Centers
The beaches along Mission Bay are dotted with bonfire pits. At night, people gather around them around enjoying the warmth while having a good time. Alcohol consumption however is not allowed. There are plenty of sing along anyway, and good times seem to be had by all. Lifeguards are on duty every day in summer and on weekends in winter.
Heading south on I-5, drivers should use the Claremont Drive and Mission Bay Drive exit and turn right on Mission Bay Drive. Going north on I-5, one exits on Sea World Driveand turns left on Sea World Drive. This road goes by Sea World itself and continues to Mission Beach. From the east, use I-8, then head north on I-5 to the Sea World exit.
A fireworks show is scheduled for the Fourth of July. The display is set off over the water and so can be enjoyed anywhere along the shoreline.
Bird watching is a popular pastime at Mission Bay Preserve. The area is a critical habitat for migratory fowl. The Mission Bay Golf Course is rated as one of the finest in the region. The San Diego area is blessed with many championship level courses. The mild weather to be found in the region invites duffers to enjoy the sport all the year round.