Regional Beaches

Pacific Beaches

The Pacific Beach area is La Jolla’s southern neighbor and known for its louder, party-on-the-beach vibe; within walking distance to dozens of restaurants and bars, the beaches in the Pacific Beach area are almost always crowded with young adults and college students. The beaches here are among the few in San Diego that can be enjoyed at night – there are several bonfire pits along the water and most of the restaurants and bars on the beach stay open late.

North Pacific Beach

North Beach is a calmer stretch of shoreline that families tend to prefer, thanks to its lifeguard-supervised swimming areas and amenities (including restrooms and showers). It’s a wide, sandy beach that sits below a series of bluffs, sheltering it from high winds and making it a great location to spread out and sunbathe for the day.

Tourmaline Surf Park Beach

Tourmaline is a surfing-only beach, popular with novice surfers who are looking to get some practice in. The gentle, slow-rolling waves are perfect for beginners, longboarders, and even windsurfers and kiteboarders when the wind is high. Though you won’t see any swimmers here, many people like to come and watch the surfers at Tourmaline; especially at sunset as evening falls. There’s a small picnic area and parking lot here, as well.

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is a rowdy beach town that neighbors La Jolla to the south and is affectionately known by locals as simply PB. With plenty of seaside restaurants, pubs, and more than a hundred different bars to choose from, PB is the place to go if you’re in search of a night out on the town. Visitors can walk along the Pacific Beach Pier during the day (look for the historic Cape Cod cottages for-rent along the pier), and biking or walking the Boardwalk makes for a great evening stroll. Come for the beach, and stay for the nightlife!