Mission Beach exemplifies diversity in the beach community. It is enjoyed by students from local universities, long-standing native residents, and tourists from near and far. Mission Beach cradles a key piece of San Diego’s past and present, the Belmont Park wooden roller coaster. The Giant Dipper opened to the public July 4, 1925. During the summer months, Mission Beach welcomes the San Diego community and visitors alike to bask in the sun while taking part in local beach sports tournaments, walks on the boardwalk, and just to sink their feet in the sand. Mission Beach is a great place to be for fun and relaxation.