Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country. It consists of over 4,235 acres in roughly equal parts land and water. Mission Bay boasts 27 miles of shoreline, 19 of which are sandy beaches with eight locations designated as official swimming areas.
Annual attendance in the park is estimated at 15 million.
At the west end is a network of channels and islands - a perfect spot for everyone from windsurfers to water- skiers. You can swim, enjoy the sun or rent a boat to explore the thousands of acres of waterways.
Mission Bay Park offers boat docks and launching facilities, sailboat and motor rentals, bike and walk paths, basketball courts and playgrounds for children. It is one of San Diego's most fun-filled spots to visit.
Many people prefer to stay on shore and spend their leisure picnicking, riding a bike along the paths, playing volleyball, or flying a kite. There are close to 14 miles of bike paths along Mission Bay.
Public restrooms and showers are available and lifeguard stations are located in designated areas.
Beach and Bay Status Information
For up-to-date information regarding any current beach or bay closures, visit County of San Diego Beach and Bay.
There are 28 restrooms in Mission Bay Park. Of those, 11 are closed from Nov. 1 through March 30. This seasonal restroom closures include Bahia Point, East Bonita, El Carmel, Middle Ski Beach, North Cove, North Ski Beach, North Tecolote, Playa Three, South Crown and West Vacation.
The following unisex restrooms will also be closed during the off season: four of the 10 at Rose Marie Starns South Shores Park; four of the 10 at Fanuel Park; one of the six at Dana Landing; and two of the six at Santa Clara.
For general Park & Recreation Department information, see the Frequently Asked Questions, or use the Ask Parks web comment form.