South Mission Beach is just below Mission Beach, and easily walkable. There are plenty of amenities, including a big grassy park with picnic tables and even a basketball court and volleyball courts. The beach here is wide, sandy, and comfortable; even on the busiest days, you’ll have no problem finding a spot to spread out on! You can feel safe bringing the little ones, too: there is a big lifeguard building here that is manned every day until dusk. The Ocean Front Walk begins at South Mission Beach, so bikers and runners can start their day here and head north all the way up to Pacific Beach.
Mission Beach is a large, sandy beach that sits just south of La Jolla and Pacific Beach. It’s a great spot for families with children because of the nearby Belmont Park, which boasts a wooden roller coaster, swimming pool, surfing wave pools, a putt-putt golf course, and a game arcade. The wide boardwalk that travels along the beach, called the Ocean Front Walk, is great for biking, walking, running, and rollerblading. The Mission Beach area is always bustling with activity (even on weekdays!) and unlike other coastal spots in San Diego, the beach isn’t its only draw! Come here to spend the day walking around and exploring everything the area has to offer.