Mission Beach is the center of a continuous stretch of beach which continues over two miles, beginning at the Mission Bay channel entrance and ending at the north end of Pacific Beach. This stretch is the most popular beach area in San Diego and draws huge crowds in the summer.
A cement boardwalk parallels the entire beach. In the summer, bikini clad girls and shirtless boys frequent this boardwalk on roller blades and beach cruisers (bicycles).
Prior to the the recent no-smoking/drinking law, this was a popular hangout for the party crowd. Some say that more families are returning due to this change.
Bathing suit - surf shops, restaurants, and beach rental outfits surround the Mission Beach lifeguard station at the foot of Ventura Street beside the landmark roller coaster. I grew up in San Diego and spent many weekends on the famous wooden roller coaster. I'll show you pictures of it tomorrow.