Mission Beach exemplifies diversity in the beach community. It is enjoyed by students from local universities, long-standing native residents, and tourists from near and far. Mission Beach cradles an essential piece of San Diego's past and present, the Belmont Park wooden roller coaster. The Giant Dipper opened to the public on July 4, 1925. It was built in less than two months by more than 150 workers for $150,000. Today, it is the centerpiece for the ongoing redevelopment of the entire Belmont Park complex.
During the summer months, Mission Beach welcomes the San Diego community and visitors alike to bask in the sun while participating in local beach sports tournaments, walking on the boardwalk and just sinking their feet in the sand. Mission Beach is a great place to be for fun and relaxation.