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Mission Bay & Beaches

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San Diego's Water Wonderland

Located just minutes from downtown is San Diego's water wonderland, Mission Bay Park. The 4,600-acre aquatic playground is the largest of its kind in the world. Surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to explore, Mission Bay is bordered by several beach communities, each with their own distinct vibe. You will quickly discover that this bustling bay area is action packed from sun up to sun down.  

Mission Bay 

Here you can enjoy water sports activities of every kind. From sailing lessons, kite surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding, to jet skiing, wake boarding and everything in between, there’s something for every age and skill-level to enjoy in the water. You can also take a moonlit cruise on Bahia Belle, a sternwheeler fashioned after a Mississippi riverboat that often features live music. On land, families can rent bikes, picnic, and barbecue or celebrate with bonfires right next to the water.  Accommodations in the area are plentiful, from high-end luxury resorts to budget friendly hotels.  Mission Bay is also home to SeaWorld San Diego, the world-famous marine life adventure park. With awe-inspiring shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable face-to-face animal encounters, kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the wonders and adventures of the sea. If sport fishing is your passion, a number of operators depart from Mission Bay with options for half-day, full-day and multi-day trips. During the twice yearly seasons, many of these same boats also offer whale watching tours.

Mission Beach and Pacific Beach

With an ambiance of an eternal spring break, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are the gathering place of San Diego's 20-something crowd. Along the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk, you'll find funky surf shops, beach bars, cafes  and nightclubs. A variety of upscale resorts and family hotels are also scattered along the coast. Be sure to visit Mission Beach’s iconic Belmont Park amusement park and entertainment center for a ride on the Giant Dipper roller coaster or game of laser tag. Surfers should test their skills at the WaveHouse.  

Ocean Beach

With a funky vibe all its own, Ocean Beach features a quirky collection of antique and vintage stores, bars, restaurants, artist studios and eccentric local haunts, most of which can be found on Newport Avenue, the main road through town. And if you’re looking to enjoy the beach with your canine friend, there is also a pet friendly dog beach with dog wash establishments within walking distance.

Sunset Cliffs

Located between Ocean Beach and Point Loma you'll find Sunset Cliffs, and the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, a 68-acre recreational area that extends 1-1/2 miles along the Point Loma peninsula’s western shoreline and features park lands, dramatic cliff formations and coastal sea caves. Access to the water here is limited but the setting provides some of the most picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. Sunset Cliffs lives up to its name and has long served as an attraction for San Diego residents as well as visitors, who gather on the cliffs each dusk to watch the most amazing sunsets you’ll ever see. Just be sure to stand a safe distance away from the edge, as the cliffs are slippery and the surf is powerful.

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Getting to Mission Bay & Beaches

Mission Bay is part of the recreational Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made aquatic park in the country, consisting of 4,235 acres with an equal split of land and water. The surrounding beaches include Pacific Beach to the North, Mission Beach to the West and Ocean Beach to the South.  Main access to the area is from the I-5 and I-8 freeways. Mission Bay is approximately 8 miles from the airport with an average drive time of less than 15 minutes.  The area is serviced by multiple bus routes and Old Town Trolley Tours offers a option for this area with on and off privileges in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach.  

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San Diego's water wonderland, the 4,600 acre aquatic park is the largest in the country and offers every type of water sport imaginable.

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This classic beachfront amusement park offers the Giant Dipper roller coaster, rides, laser tag, arcade games and more.

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Exclusive Halloween Rum Social

Oct 31, 2018

Oceana Coastal Kitchen is celebrating Halloween with a very special pirate-themed Rum Social event. Join us for on the shores of Mission Bay in your best pirate costume and prepare for an evening of all of a pirate's favorite things: boats, parrots, and of course, RUM!


The anticipated event showcases delicious small plates paired with rum cocktails, including the event’s signature cocktail the Cannibal Colada, made with the new vanilla and cinnamon-infused rum created by Malahat Spirits Co. exclusively for Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. Then, show off your eye patches, hats and treasure chests during a pirate costume contest with a winning prize of a dinner for two at Oceana Coastal Kitchen. The Catamaran's beloved parrot will also on-site to mix and mingle with guests.

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PB's Official New Year's Eve Beach Party

Dec 31, 2018

Celebrate 2018 and welcome 2019 at the luxurious Catamaran Resort and Hotel Spa overlooking Mission Bay!

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San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race

Dec 8, 2018

Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in the annual San Diego Santa Run, a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

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Paella Cooking Workshop with Chef Noe

Oct 28, 2018

Learn with Chef Noe to cook an authentic Spanish Paella!

Join Chef Noelia Murias of Paella Lifestyle for a cooking class where you will learn to prepare an authentic Spanish Paella. The Chef will cook two Paellas, a Seafood and Vegetarian Paellas with quality traditional technique during which you can enjoy the creative culinary process. Also, she will give instructions on how to cook paella at your events.

The Paella Cooking Workshop include the Paella tasting and a glass of selected wine of Gianni Buonomo Vintners.

If you enjoy cooking and the good wine, this is the best opportunity to have a good time! Let´s go!

 

The menu: 
Seafood Paella and Vegetarian Paella 
Gianni Buonomo's Wine 


¡Salud! 

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