Pacific Beach, San Diego in Focus
Beautiful Pacific Beach
Located north of San Diego’s Mission Beach, the boardwalk of Mission Beach turns into a much smaller sidewalk in Pacific Beach. However, this beachfront sidewalk is still crowded with pedestrians, cyclists, roller skaters and people enjoying the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the west coast ocean breezes.
The seaside neighborhood of Pacific Beach still has picnic tables along the beach, fire pits for grilling or barbecuing and beach paths for strolling along with your family and loved ones, and is a popular place for couples to visit.
The nightlife in Pacific Beach is exciting and is one of the larger nightlife scenes compared to the nightlife in San Diego at large. There are many bars that cater to a young crowd of singles and couples, many coming from the University of California, San Diego, as well as great restaurants and some fantastic shopping along the beachfront sidewalk.
Finding a spot to park at in order to visit Pacific Beach can be tricky, and the beach tends to get more popular, and therefore, more crowded, on the weekends. The beautiful golden beach stretches for several miles between the Mission Beach jetty and the cliffs of hilly and beautiful La Jolla.
Crystal Pier, The Focal Point of “P.B.”
Crystal Pier is the focal point for the beach scene in Pacific Beach, and is located at the western end of Pacific Beach near Garnet Avenue. The area that extends from the pier north, is known as North Pacific Beach.
While all of Pacific Beach is popular with surfers and local college students from the University of California, San Diego, the property values and costs of renting in this neighborhood are increasing, and attracting an older, more professional and wealthier crowd. Locals still refer to Pacific Beach as “P.B.” however, and there is a vibrant, thriving and fun seaside community here.
If you are interested in surfing, along Pacific Beach are designated areas where you can find excellent surf or opportunities to learn how to surf from local surfing instructors. The lifeguard station at Pacific Beach is on duty year round for your safety and the fire pits along the beach are extremely popular for barbecuing and having beach picnics or potlucks. These fire pits are especially popular with college students.
Pacific Beach also features plenty of clean public showers and restrooms to make it easier for you to go from surfing and swimming in the waves of the Pacific Ocean to dining in one of the many beachfront restaurants that dot the sidewalk along the beach.
How To Access Pacific Beach
If you want to visit Pacific Beach, the best way to get there is to take the 5 Freeway and exit at Grand Avenue. From there, you will head west to Mission Boulevard and turn north to look for parking.
Pacific Beach is located between La Jolla to the north and Mission Beach to the south. All along the west of Pacific Beach is the Pacific Ocean, after which the beach is named.