With miles of flat, breezy bikeways, grassy parks, and public boat launches, Mission Bay is a institution for locals and visitors looking to spend the day outdoors on the bay. The surrounding neighborhood called Bay Park is populated with cafés, pubs and markets.

With more than 20 miles of shoreline, much of which boasts sandy beaches, Mission Bay Park is the epitome of San Diego’s year-round active lifestyle. From boating to biking, paddle-boarding to kite-flying, there are dozens of rental companies stationed throughout the park to help get you on the water. Mission Bay Aquatic Center is a great starting point for sailing and boarding sports instruction and information.

While Seaworld anchors the southern end of the park, the northern edge is composed of De Anza Cove (quiet and flat water here makes for great paddle boarding) and the public Mission Bay Golf Course.  Just outside the official city park lies the original Rubio’s location, where San Diego’s famous version of the Baja fish taco was born 30 years ago.

On the other side of I-5 lies a quaint, walkable village of local cafés and pubs. Bay Park Fish Co. offers fresh seafood and sushi dishes, Siesel’s impresses as an old-fashioned butcher shop and deli – a perfect spot to pick up provisions for a bonfire on Fiesta Island, and Luce is a local favorite for drinks and dinner. Bay Park Coffee is the kid- and dog-friendly spot where neighbors head in the morning for caffeine, acai bowls, and baked treats.

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