Pacific Beach

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Pacific Beach is easy to find, just park on any of the streets from Grand Ave south to PB Dr and then walk to the beach. There is no real beach parking but you can park on any of the residential streets, just be sure to check the signs so you don't get a ticket.
Pacific Beach is part of an area along the coast in San Diego known for its amazing beaches. Whether you want to catch a wave on your surfboard or soak up rays laying in the sand, this beach is perfect.
Why you'll love this beach
Why you'll love this beach
Catch a Wave or Roam the Boardwalk with your Family at World-famous Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach
Overview
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Things to Do
Popular Activities
Get There & Parking
Featured Activity
Know Before You Go
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Highlights

Things to Do
Tips
How to get there
Parking
Things to Do
Tips
How to get there
Parking

Overview

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As part of the incredibly popular beach area known as The Strand, Pacific Beach lies between North Pacific Beach and Mission Beach in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego. As you would expect from a beach in Southern California, this place has sun, sand and surf just waiting for you.

You’ll find this beach tucked along Mission Boulevard and Grand Avenue. It runs from Crystal Pier in the north to Pacific Beach Drive (PB Drive) in the south. It is worth noting that both the pier and PB Drive provide for some of the best surfing in The Strand.

Along the backside of the beach is Ocean Front Walk. This boardwalk is made of concrete and is very popular for runners, walkers, bikers and skateboarders. It runs down to the end of the peninsula at Mission Beach. Along the boardwalk, you’ll find a number of restaurants and bars, along with shops to meet all your beach needs.

Pacific Beach is quite popular due to its wide and clean sands and friendly surfing conditions. It is also very welcoming for families due to having lifeguards on duty every day of the year. Generally, they are there from 9:00 a.m. to dusk, but hours can vary so always check in with them for details.

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Things to Do

Bikes Allowed
Bikes Allowed
Fishing
Fishing
Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding
Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding
Running
Running
Skateboarding Allowed
Skateboarding Allowed
Sunbathing
Sunbathing
Surfing
Surfing
Swimming
Swimming

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.

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How to Get There & Parking

Free Parking
Free Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Street Parking
Street Parking

Getting to the beach at Pacific Beach isn’t difficult. You can either come in on Mission Boulevard or Grand Ave. Parking is a bit tougher, but that’s Southern California for you. Parking is always a challenge.

Parking near the Beach

Most of the parking in this area is on the street, but most streets offer plenty of parking spaces for free. There are some paid parking lots in the area as well, they are mostly along Garnet, the main shopping district of Pacific Beach.

To avoid having to park far away and ending up with a long walk to the beach, just start out early in the day. Another option is public transportation, which is accessible from the beach area.

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Know Before You Go & Tips

Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Disabled Accessibility
Disabled Accessibility
Lifeguards
Lifeguards
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Glass Containers
No Glass Containers
No Motorized Vehicles
No Motorized Vehicles
No Smoking
No Smoking
Outdoor Showers
Outdoor Showers
Pier
Pier
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Tips for the Best Experience

Dogs Allowed on Leash During Off Hours

When visiting Pacific Beach with your furry pal, do note that all dogs must be on a leash at all times. You also can only have your dog on the beach before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. in the winter. or 6:00 p.m. in the summer.

The Beach can be Lively

You should know that this can be a lively area, especially later in the day. However, it is family-friendly during daytime hours. Some beach rules, such as no alcohol and no loud noise, help to keep it from getting out of control.

Facilities Available

One last tip for you is there are public restrooms and showers available. You’ll find them off Grand Avenue and also on PB Drive and the beach.

Pacific Beach
is Known For:
Sunbathing
Sunbathing
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Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Lifeguards
Lifeguards
Pier
Pier
Restrooms Available
Restrooms Available
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