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The 2015 San Diego Rock’n’Roll Marathon is one of the city’s best events of the year, supports a great cause and allows visitors another chance to vacation in sunny San Diego. There are on average 20,000 runners total and 100,000 spectators.

Established in 1998, the race has since raised over $100 million for various charities. This year the race will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The entire event will be held from May 29-31, with the 5k being held on Saturday, May 30, while the 2-person half marathon rely, half marathon and marathon being held on Sunday, May 31.

The 5k course is a bit different than the others. It begins on 6th Avenue and Palm Street and ends on Balboa Drive @ Olive Street. The other three races begin on 6th and Quince at Balboa Park and end at PETCO Park, the home of the San Diego Padres.

Additionally, each race has bands playing near the entrance and at the finish line. The marathon also boasts a post-race concert.

While attending the race, you and your family or friends can stay at one of Mission Sands’ luxurious properties in Mission Beach. All of our properties are a 10-15 minute drive from downtown or the race entrance.

Day at the Docks

Do you love sportfishing? Are you interested in learning more about the sport or looking for something interesting to do this spring? Mission Sands highly suggests venturing down to the sportfishing landings in Point Loma, for the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season.

There are multiple events such as seminars to improve your angling skills, children’s fishing adventures, catch, prep and cook demos, casting contests, boat rides around the bay and plenty of great food to enjoy.

Additionally, attendees will be able to tour multiple boats, including a U.S. Coast Guard Special Purpose Craft, Harbor Police Fire Boat, Vessel Assist and Sea Tow towboats, plus smaller fishing kayaks.

Finally, there will be a main stage with live music and raffles. Raffles will be held at noon, 2:30 and 4:15. Prizes include fishing trips, tickets to local attractions, tackle and more.

The event will be held Sunday, April 19, from 9 am until 5 pm. Admission is free. Be sure to stop by the beautiful Point Loma landings and enjoy the event.

Belmont Park
Mission Beach’s Belmont Park, is one of the area’s premier attractions for those staying with Mission Sands. Having been open since 1925, the park is home to multiple restaurants, bars, shops and rides. However, the main draw is the Giant Dipper Rollercoaster.

The 2,600 foot wooden track runs with two 18-passenger trains along the beautiful beach. Because the park and coaster were so popular and historic, the Giant Dipper was recognized as a National Historic Landmark on July 4, 1990.

Additionally, Belmont Park is home to a giant swimming pool (under construction), two wave riding areas, climbing walls, athletic club, laser tag, an arcade and more.

Looking for a cold beer on the beach, ice cream or lunch/dinner? Take a look at the restaurants the park has to offer. Cannonball, the largest oceanfront rooftop sushi bar in San Diego is perfect for dinner, while North Shore Café is known for breakfast.

Finally, the park is the perfect place for birthday parties, private events and even cabanas to enjoy a romantic sunset.

SD Beer Capital

Looking to pair a sunny vacation along with great locally brewed beer? San Diego, often refereed to as the the “Craft Beer Capital of America,” would be the perfect choice.

Spanning 70 miles of coast line and over 100 licensed breweries, San Diego is home to some of the best beer in the country. Karl Strauss, which opened in 1989, is likely the most familiar name. However, there are plenty of other great breweries such as AleSmith Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Pizza Port and St. Archer Brewing Co.

In fact, 11 different San Diego breweries took home medals from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.

Interested in touring multiple breweries at once? There are plenty of public and private tours available throughout the city.

Additionally, there are multiple festivals through out the course of the year, such as the San Diego Festival of Beer, San Diego Beer Week and the San Diego International Beer Festival, which is the largest beer festival on the West Coast.

If you are unable to schedule a trip during one of the city’s many beer festivals, be sure to check out some of the popular breweries below.