Mission Bay Mission Beach And Ocean Beach
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Mission Bay is West Coast’s largest aquatic park, which covers over 4,600 acres and offers a wide range of recreational activities. The park includes 27 miles of shoreline, which 19 miles are sandy beaches. It is a family friendly park, uncrowded, laced with wide, and winding paths. Mission Bay Park has many coves and terrific grassy areas for picnics. The bay is popular for sunbathers, swimmers, rowers, sailors, jet-skiers, water-skiers, wake boarders, wind surfers, walkers, joggers, bike riders, and roller bladers.

Mission Bay offers boat docks and launches, sailboat and motor rentals, basketball courts, and playgrounds. Lifeguard staffing on Mission Bay is primarily seasonal. There are no significant currents on Mission Bay, nor is there any surf, but there is a hazard posed by the drop-off. Public restrooms and showers are available. Containers for beach fires are available at many of the Mission Bay Beaches on a first come, first served basis. Fires are permitted between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. Dogs are only allowed on Fiesta Island.

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Mission Beach is the center of a continuous stretch of beach known as The Strand, which extends over two miles, beginning at the Mission Bay channel entrance and ending at the north end of Pacific Beach. Mission Beach is one of San Diego’s most popular beaches for tanning, volleyball, horseshoes, surfing, and socializing.

Lifeguards are staffed daily year round at the main lifeguard stations at the foot of Ventura Place and Avalon Court (South Mission). Mission beach has designated swimming and surfing areas. This beach is not recommended for scuba diving due to lack of undersea life, heavy water activity, and surf. Containers for beach fires are usually available during the summer months and are available on a first come, first served basis. Consumption of alcohol is permitted on the beach from 12:00 noon to 8:00p.m., but prohibited at all times on the boardwalk, on or against the seawall, in any park adjacent to the beach, or in the parking lots.

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Ocean Beach (1950 Abbott Street) is approximately one mile long, but is a popular spot for almost everyone. However, surfers and swimmers need to beware of Ocean Beach’s notoriously strong rip tides.

Ocean Beach is a great place for dog lovers because to the north you will find Dog Beach; where dogs are allowed to run leash-free all day. A volleyball area is located near the north end of the beach. The Municipal Pier is located on the south end of the beach, which is open to the public for walking and fishing. There is a restaurant and bait shop on the pier. A fishing license is not required on the pier.

Lifeguards are staffed daily. There are designated areas for swimming and surfing. However, scuba diving is not recommended due to the lack of undersea life, heavy water activity, and surf. Restrooms and showers are available by the main lifeguard station. Beach fire containers are usually available during the summer months on a first come, first served basis. Consumption of alcohol is permitted on the beach from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., but prohibited at all times in parking lots, adjacent walkways and grassy parks adjacent to the beach.

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