This is our go-to beach for several reasons: clean sand, boardwalk along the shoreline, and the relaxing vibes. Sandwiched between Pacific Beach to the north and Ocean Beach to the south, it's the perfect beach to come to if you want to lie on the sand and soak up the sun and jump in the water (when the water is warm). It's also a great place to take a surf lesson, and on the other side, you can go for paddle-boarding and kayaking at Mission Bay. You can also walk down the beach to reach Belmont Park, which has an old-timey vibes with a few rides. It's good to walk around here. One thing to note is that parking is definitely challenging. You are constantly competing with locals who need to park on the streets and a big influx of people. The best place to park is along Mission Blvd., but be prepared to quickly spot a space and parallel park. Also, getting in and out during rush hour is challenging, so to avoid the hassle, take Uber/Lyft and come before lunch time and leave before dinner time. Our go-to joint for fish tacos is La Playa Taco Shop. The wait can be long during lunch time, so you can call ahead and order for pick up and eat on the beach, or if you have time to hangout, you can sit on their patio.