Fiesta Island Park is located in the middle of Mission Bay and included a peninsular island that is a perfect place to spend the day for any van lifer. The park is trendy for running, swimming, biking, van gathering, and special events. There are bonfire rings on the beach, and dogs are allowed off-leash. It’s a popular place for windsurfing and kitesurfing when it’s windy.
Mission Bay is the epicenter of outdoor Van and RV nomad adventure in San Diego. The bay has a continuous beach around its perimeter that allows for biking, running, swimming, kitesurfing, kiteboarding, jet skiing, sunbathing, and much more.
Mission Bay has plenty of areas to park your van and enjoy the day. Amenities in the park include restrooms, BBQ, picnic tables, showers, and trash cans.
Map: Mission Bay Map
Mission Bay is a great place to go paddleboarding. The water is normally calm, and there are a ton of places to launch from.
Windsurfing / Kite Surfing
One of the most popular activities in Mission Bay is windsurfing and Kite Surfing. Mission Bay is ideal for both sports due to the calm water and the winds that pick up in the afternoons.
Fiesta Island is located in the middle of Mission Bay. Follow the one-way loop road around the island and park right on the beach when you find a spot that’s perfect for you. Dog owners love it here as their pooches can roam free in the island’s off-leash area.
Van Life Gatherings
Once every few months, the Facebook Group SoCal Vanlife will hold van life gatherings for the community. These are perfect opportunities to meet fellow van lifers and learn of other adventures in the area. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, these have been suspended. The picture above is of Ernie, my van, parked on the beach at Fiesta Island.
Located across the water from Fiesta Island is Sea World. You will easily be able to spot it from its 400-foot tower. Sea World is a fun place to visit to learn about marine life and ride the rollercoasters. A trip to Sea World makes for a good side excursion for any Van or RV nomads.
Remote Control Airplane Park
Located within the boundary of Mission Bay is the Silent Electric Fliers of San Diego flying park. The site is located on the south shore by South Shores Park. The park is an excellent place to practice your remote control flying skills or watch others fly.
Location: Silent Electric Fliers Mission Bay
There are many areas to boondock around Mission Bay. The best way to find these spots is to look for other vans and RVs. There are places that say overnight parking is allowed but no camping. These areas will have vans and RV’s.
Visit: Stealth Camping in San Diego
There are many parking lots spread out around Mission Bay. The majority are free between 6 am and 10 pm. There are a few parking lots that are 24 hours which are good places to stealth camp. On Fiesta Island you can park right on the sand for the day.
References and Other Adventures
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Kate Sessions Park
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