Highlights That Will Make You Want to Visit
If the idea of warm sun, refreshing crystal blue waters and soft sandy beaches is not enough to immediately have you packing up to head to Pacific Beach, then find out what makes people love this beach.
The Downlow on Surfing
To begin with, this is an amazing surfing spot. It is not one of the most exciting areas, but for a mellow and cool time, it is ideal. That makes this perfect for those just learning how to surf or for a more experienced surfer who wants a laid-back day on the water.
Even though the waves aren’t always the best, the atmosphere at Pacific Beach is lively. The surfers here are always up for welcoming new people.
Sometimes, during low tide the waves will die, but generally, you can find inviting waves that give you just enough to really coast along. What you won’t find are rough or difficult waves.
You’ll find the best waves at PB Point if you are more experienced. This area can have its flat moments, but when there is swell, you can catch an amazing wave. For beginners, the best break is Tourmaline Surf Park where the waves are soft and gentle. Both of these waves are in the neighboring beach of North Pacific Beach. They are walkable from the main beach in Pacific Beach.
If you want a little more of a thrill, you can try Crystal Pier. Some good waves really come off the pier when they hit to the north. They will hold their shape fairly well, giving you a chance at a longer ride. However, if you crave large waves, you will have to come in winter when the swells are coming from the right direction to produce large surf.
The wind can be a concern here, especially when it is coming from the south. With that in mind, the best time of year is in the fall and winter because you get healthy northwest winds. Spring and summer will leave you at the mercy of the south wind.
You should come prepared with a wetsuit as the water can be chilly even in the warmer months. Other than that, though, there aren’t any real hazards in Pacific Beach. It is a safe surf environment.
More on the Water Fun
Surfing isn’t the only fun you can have in the waters at Pacific Beach. It is also a nice place for paddle boarding, kayaking, body surfing and swimming. Those winds that can hold you back when you try to surf make this beach excellent for kiteboarding.
Fun on the Sand
Maybe you’d rather spend your time at Pacific Beach staying dry. This beach is a top spot for running and walking. The sands make awesome sandcastles or a nice spot for some volleyball. If you want a more laid-back game, try some cornhole, which is also very popular around here.
If you don’t really want to break a sweat, try sunbathing. This is the ideal spot to soak up that hot California sun. You can also watch people. With the diverse crowds, this is one of the best places to just take in what other humans are doing.
Stay Nearby & Enjoy More of the Beach
Staying at the beach has its many perks. The Blue Sea Beach Hotel is the perfect place to stay while visiting Pacific Beach. The hotel is located right on the border of Mission Beach & Pacific Beach so you can enjoy both beaches at the same time! Wake up in the morning and go for a morning jog on the boardwalk that is right in front of the hotel or go for a walk on the sand next to the water and watch the surfers.