What Draws in the Crowds?
There are two aspects of this beach that really draw people to it. First are the amazing surfing conditions, and second is the overall atmosphere.
This beach north of pier and south of the point is an ideal surfing beach for beginners or anyone who just wants an enjoyable and relaxing experience on the waves.
Waves are generally soft and slow. They break off at the pier, usually going left, but sometimes you will get a good break off to the right. If you can catch those waves, it provides a little thrill that you typically won’t get on this beach.
It is easy for a newbie to get comfortable and connect with the water at North Pacific Beach. The power of the waves is generally enough to offer a little fun without being overpowering for someone just starting out. The waves generally don’t get too big.
Surfing is best during medium to high tide since the normal waves are a bit calm. If you want some more excitement, then adjust the timing on when you visit. Early morning typically provides the best conditions and the ocean surface is the smoothest.
In general, this beach provides incredibly safe surfing conditions. You won’t find a lot of hazards. The main one is the pier. You may also contend with new surfers who lose their boards occasionally.
North Pacific Beach is ideal for families. It provides a very safe beach area with calm waters that allow for swimming for all ages. You can easily bring children of any age here to enjoy the sun and water. The location means no high winds, plenty of sun and warm waters in the summer.
Looking for Less Crowded Surf?
The surf break at the end of Diamond Street tends to get a bit less crowded than the rest of Pacific Beach.
There are also spaces for picnicking and chances to take a stroll and enjoy the scenery. It is not a party spot, so you can avoid loud music and out of control situations. Keep in mind alcohol is not allowed on any of the San Diego beaches at any time.
The Pacific Terrace Hotel is on the cliff that overlooks the beach at North Pacific Beach. It is the perfect place to stay while exploring Pacific Beach and La Jolla. Their pool is one of the best on the beach with perfect beach and sunset views.