Pacific Beach is a San Diegian neighborhood that sits just south of La Jolla. It’s just 15 minutes away from Downtown San Diego, and an eight-mile drive from the San Diego International Airport. Despite how close it is to these two popular hubs, Pacific Beach has a fairly relaxed and easygoing atmosphere, with a younger crowd.
Stores and restaurants in the area tend to be trendy yet casual. Even the shops and games along the Pacific Beach boardwalk, which spans almost three miles, are usually free of the big crowds of other popular coastal vacation spots.
Since surfing is such a significant part of San Diego culture and the beaches in Pacific Beach are especially well suited to it, you’ll see everyone from surfing novices to some local pros riding the waves. You can grab a board of your own and join in, or, if you’ve never surfed before, take lessons at one of the many surf schools in the area.
Don’t forget to buy a Go San Diego Pass for your trip! With our additional discount, you can bundle different gear rentals such as a surfboard or bike with top area attractions like the San Diego Zoo and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Picking up a Go Pass in advance is a great way save big on your stay in San Diego!
Street parking is typically free but fairly limited. There are some lots you can pay to park in for the day, but if you’re travelling from out of state, you might have a better time staying in a beachside hotel so you can simply walk down to the sea.
The Blue Sea Beach Hotel is one such waterfront hotel that offers a family-friendly experience and its own pool overlooking the ocean. Beach Haven is another family-friendly hotel close to southern Pacific Beach and Mission Bay that provides free WiFi in the lobby and rooms.
If you’re looking to vacation in luxury, check out the Pacific Terrace Hotel, which includes amenities such as a spa tub, pool, fitness center, and direct access to the beach.