Outdoor enthusiasts will love calling Mission Bay their temporary home away from home. Located on the southern end of Pacific Beach this San Diego neighborhood is made up of 56% water and 46% land, a perfect destination to participate in a wide variety of activities. Very few people actually reside in this neighborhood in order to preserve public access; with that said, there are quite a few resort-style hotels to choose from. The largest manmade aquatic park is in Mission Bay with 27 miles of shoreline, and 14 miles of biking and walking paths. It is the ideal locale for a wide range of outdoor recreational activities on both land and sea.
Mission Bay Hotels
Many of the accommodations in Mission Bay are resort-style hotels that sit right next to the water. Luxury resort hotels such as the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa offer all the amenities one would expect from an upscale resort, plus some interesting twists. Kids Kamp, Dive-In Movies by the Pool, and s’more making over beach fire rings are just a few fun perks. The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay and Holiday Inn Express are other luxury resorts around the bay with similar amenities such as heated pools, spas, onsite restaurants, fitness centers, meeting spaces, and business centers. The Dana on Mission Bay offers a more affordable alternative, featuring many of the same accoutrements as the luxury resorts, including water sports rental equipment. They also welcome your furry friends.
Who Should Stay in Mission Bay
Travelers in San Diego on business who don’t want to be limited to the urban confines of Downtown will enjoy communing with nature at Mission Bay without being too far from the business districts. Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center sits on 46 acres in Mission Bay. The 18-hole executive course is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the business day. Mission Bay Aquatic Center is a great resource for water activities. They offer lessons in sailing, water skiing, and wind surfing, as well as equipment rentals. Kayaking or stand up paddling across the bay can clear the mind for that next big deal.
Family vacationers will love the close proximity to SeaWorld, located on the shores of Mission Bay. Enjoy sea lion, seal, and Shamu shows; feed the turtles; get soaked on the Journey to Atlantis ride; and end the night watching fireworks under the stars. Mission Bay is lined with several beaches – many designed to be kid-friendly, and most having fire rings. Calm, warm waters are perfect for learning how to stand up paddle, kayak, canoe, or swim. The Bahia Belle, a Mississippi-style sternwheeler provides one-hour cruises on the bay. Grassy parks surround the water in Mission Bay Park where families can picnic, fly kites, and play volleyball, basketball, or tennis. Family fun in Mission Bay is almost without end.