Lively beach area packed with bars, restaurants, and nightlife
Hub for bicycle and beach activity rentals
Walking distance to Crystal Pier and downtown Pacific Beach
Starting near Crystal Pier, the main Pacific Beach is a hub for beach- and water-activities. You’ll find everything from bicycle and surfboard rentals to walk-up bars along the boardwalk here, and the area is constantly buzzing with activity. Crystal Pier is popular with fishermen and even features a row of cute, Cape Cod-style cottages that are available for rent. This is a great area to sunbathe and stretch out on the sand, walk along the boardwalk, and visit all of the shops, restaurants, and bars the nearby streets have to offer.
Good for Groups
Good for Kids
Very nice laid back atmosphere with great views. Gets very busy in the evenings as everyone comes out to watch the beautiful sunset.
Has everything. Beautiful beach, shopping, great food and drink venues. Great view of the ocean from all. You can walk the board walk, bike or roller skate. Or spend some time on the beach. Watch for dolphins.
Pacific Beach was my favorite of the beaches visited this past trip to SD. I accompanied a friend looking to relocate, trying to find the area that best fit her personality. PB was hands-down the best one we visited, cleaner and with a more casual family-friendly vibe than other areas.