Pacific Beach - Beaches

Pacific Beach is an exciting seaside community and its beaches have plenty to offer. Visit surfing hotspots or find a spot to sunbathe for the perfect tan.
Pacific Beach - Beaches
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Vacation to the Shores of the Pacific Ocean

Pacific Beach is an incredible vacation spot and a great place to catch a wave or roam the boardwalk at sunset. Its unique atmosphere and selection of beaches don’t disappoint, and you’re sure to make plenty of memories there no matter which activities you choose to do.

Surfing is practically a must at these beaches. Rent a surfboard and head out to the beaches, or lay out a beach towel and watch more experienced surfers hang ten while you tan. If you’re looking to relax on your visit, many areas of Pacific Beach are ideal for sunbathing with soft sand a laid-back atmosphere,

While the beaches of Pacific Beach may be famous for the waves and sand, a local tip would be to check out the amazing boardwalk that runs for miles! Take a stroll, go for a run or ride a bike on the longest boardwalk in San Diego!

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The Pacific Beach Area

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.

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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.

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Sunning and Surfing on the Beaches at Pacific Beach

Basketball Courts
Basketball Courts
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Beach Volleyball
Bikes Allowed
Bikes Allowed
Fishing
Fishing
Jet Skiing
Jet Skiing
Kayaking
Kayaking
Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding
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Paddle Boarding
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Sailing
Sailing
Skateboarding Allowed
Skateboarding Allowed
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Surfing
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Swimming
Windsurfing
Windsurfing

The shores of Pacific Beach are primarily known for surfing and sunbathing. While the waves at these beaches generally aren’t especially large, what they lack in size they make up for in consistency, which draws plenty of surfers to the ocean year-round.

If you’re looking to sunbathe, check out the sandier coastlines in Pacific Beach. These offer more space to spread out, and they typically get more sun than the rocky beaches frequented by surfers.

Sunbathing

Relax at North Pacific Beach
Catch some rays at the North Pacific Beach, which has excellent sunbathing conditions. This is a laid-back beach with lifeguards and nearby restrooms, so you can easily spend the whole day there, whether you’re surfing, body boarding or just watching others while you tan. There’s also a boardwalk and pier.
Beautiful Spring Day at the Beach in Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach is part of a popular collection of beaches. Many visitors sunbathe on the sandy shores, but just as many come to try their hands at surfing, body boarding, paddle boarding, body surfing, or playing a round of volleyball. There’s a boardwalk and pier for your enjoyment.

Surfing

Going Out for a Surf at  PB Point
The strong waves and rocky landscape of PB Point, also called False Point, aren’t great for swimming. However, they’re perfect for surfing. There are plenty of consistent waves for most of the year, though they’re much larger in the winter. When you’re done surfing, check out the tide pools.
Two Surfers Walking Along the Beach at Tourmaline
Tourmaline Surf Park is a surfing-only beach. The waves aren’t especially large, averaging about four to five feet, but they’re consistent. Surfers of every skill level can enjoy the beach. Tourmaline is also known for its tide pools full of unique sea life. There are lifeguards and convenient restrooms available.

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