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Parking Information

Parking can be a challenge in Mission Beach. With beautiful weather year-round and Mission Bay being one of San Diego’s largest and most popular outdoor recreation areas it is impossible to predict the parking situation and availability. We have put together our most helpful tips below to assist you in ensuring you have an amazing Mission Bay Aquatic Center experience.

Plan Ahead

We encourage customers to arrive early, especially those attending a scheduled class. If you arrive early and easily find parking there are nearby cafes to visit for coffee or food before your class. Please review the parking map below. If when you arrive the parking lot in front of our facility is full, there are many other nearby parking lots within walking distance. Having a backup plan will save you a lot of stress.

Free Parking

The lot in front of our facility is a free, public lot and usually fills up quickly. Several nearby parking lots in the area are a short walk, ride, or skate from MBAC. Check out the map below for other nearby lots. During the busy summer months and weekends the parking lots south of MBAC near Belmont Park and the Bahia Hotel are more likely to have open spots and are a quick 1 mile walk, ride, or skate to MBAC.

Paid Parking

There are a few nearby paid parking lots on Mission Boulevard for those that do not want to wait for a spot. The Catamaran Resort located at 3999 Mission Boulevard offers paid parking and is a 15 minute walk to MBAC.

Other Tips

  • If you are planning a trip to MBAC on a weekday and arrive around 10am check Mission Boulevard for parking. Street sweeping occurs on Mondays and Thursdays 8am-10am on the west side of Mission Boulevard and Tuesdays and Fridays 8am-10am on the east side meaning that almost the entire street will have open spaces soon after 10am.
  • There are so many transportation options available in San Diego. Dockless scooters or bike shares are readily available throughout the Mission Beach area. Plan to drop your passengers and gear and take advantage of one of the nearby larger parking areas and riding in!
  • Uber and Lyft are a convenient option for avoiding the hassle of parking.
  • If you live nearby and have your own bicycle there is a bike rack directly in front of our building. If you ride your skateboard to MBAC we will gladly hold onto it while you’re on the water.