Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach
4.5
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Take in the mesmerizing coastal views as you stroll down Crystal Pier. Watch the surfers in action, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to spot frolicking dolphins and whales during the migration season. Then, rent a bicycle and cruise down Ocean Front Walk and the Mission Bay Bike Path—both offer plenty of spots to pause for a bite to eat or a dip in the water. Pacific Beach is renowned as San Diego’s party capital, and the boardwalk is lined with bars, cafes, and restaurants. Unfortunately, the drive there can get rather congested, so consider coming in on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner. – Tripadvisor
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surfercharlie
Glendive, MT877 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My wife and I stayed here for a week’s vacation during the Christmas holiday. We found a clean beach and lots of surf. There were a ton of people on the Boardwalk, which got to be annoying because we were on foot and spent a great deal of our time trying not to get run over by the bikers, skateboarders, scooters, etc. One of the main reasons we decided on Pacific Beach was so we could watch New Years Eve fireworks from our beachside hotel. Well..... there were no fireworks on New Years Eve, even though several people from the area said there would be, so that was a bit of a disappointment. We ended up not spending much time at the beach. There were better things to do in the area.
Written January 1, 2020
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Howard B
Oceanside, CA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
My wife and I have been San Diego County residents for about 30 years, and always try to come down here several times a year. The town fronts a very pretty beach and is a haven for surfers. The Oceanfront Walk is spectacular! It is like a cleaner, safer version of Venice Beach up in LA. The Walk is great exercise as it is about 5 miles ling and goes from Pacific Beach down through Mission Beach. THere are lots of fun attractions along the way, some palatial beachfront homes that you walk right in front of, lots of young people sunning on the beach, bicycling, jogging, walking ( and a fair number of us older folks too) and having a good time. You can walk from the ocean to San Diego Bay, on the Eastern side of this peninsula, through pedestrian-only lanes filled with beautiful foliage and small beach cottages in less than a mile (about 15 minutes). There are numerous restaurants, bars, clubs, and stores all over the area (that are easy to walk to). Great exercise and a good time for all.
Written January 13, 2020
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Joe
Phoenix, AZ5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Love this beach ! Fantastic cliff views ! Does have a lot of seaweed but easy workaround for me. Never gets crowded. Crystal Pier is a great view also. People line up on the boardwalk to take pictures of the sunset. Restaurants and bars are very close.
Written July 15, 2023
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John G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Sur Brian The Bruce landed in Pacific Beach, California, on September 6, 2012. And for over 10 years, he has reigned as “The Prince of Pacific Beach”. By establishing a spiritual doctrine now known as “Comodgulism” (TM), he has assisted many people, and groups of people, with embracing a positive-vibe, happy outlook on life. A true master of turning frowns upside down, he has led the way, through his mentoring programs, to assist others in becoming Comodgulists (TM) themselves; thereby perpetuating this doctrine across America’s Finest City. In appreciation for his outstanding deeds to society, his generosity, and insights regarding the brighter, more positive aspects of life, the residents of Pacific Beach, CA celebrate The Prince of Pacific Beach!
Written March 17, 2023
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,451 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This was a fantastic location for us visitors from NJ to visit. The smooth stretch of sand was not huge, but was clean – maybe because there were not too many people there on that windy day.

After having lunch here, we strolled around to realize that there is no shortage of restaurants, vendors, stores and activities here. There is something for everyone here.

The quaint area had lots of diverse, friendly and relaxed people – mostly young – who had come out to enjoy the warm and sunny day. The water was a tad cold, so not too many people ventured in it.

There were some really cute signs and murals on the walls of the buildings. The souvenir stores had lots of interesting vintage items, and in spite of a few homeless people who were loitering around, we felt safe walking up and down the boardwalk.

We also got a chance to check out some waterfront condos for rent, but they looked a little run down and in need of repair.

Anyway, this Beach was on our list of places to visit when in San Diego. Glad to have checked that off.
Written February 7, 2023
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sphoorti
Pune, India89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Stunning views and waves. We were lucky to see dolphins play for 15 mins. The pier offers a great place to enjoy the calm ocean and sunsets. The pier is surrounded by restaurants, shops, and cottage rentals.
Written August 24, 2022
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Joe L
Peoria, AZ9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Love this beach, not crowded at all. We stayed at Pacific Terrace Hotel right on the boardwalk and beach. We'll be going back there again. The beach was beautiful, clean and water was reasonably warm at 69 degrees. A fair amount of people walking, jogging, and riding bikes. Felt totally safe the whole time we were there, only a few homeless people around but very non threatening. There are a good amount of places to eat within a half mile walking distance.
Written June 22, 2022
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elm7501
Saint Louis, MO180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was our first time to Pacific Beach (PB, as the locals call it!) and it was Awesome. There is something for Everyone. We stayed in the only high rise condo on the beach which was great and had the best views! There are plenty of places to eat either on the beach or just one block over and the boardwalk was Always hoppin'! Definitely would recommend!
PB is also a convenient 20 minute drive to Everything; La Jolla to the North, Coronado and Point Loma to the South and Old Town San Diego to the East! Lots to do!!
Written August 2, 2021
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battytrips
Phoenix99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We went here every day of our first visit to the San Diego area. The kids dug in the sand, everyone got their feet wet, even though the water was cold. Lots of seaweed washed up, but the kids found so many huge rocks attached to them and every day was just gorgeous! We got to see surfers and our dog got to have his first visit to the beach with us!
Written October 16, 2021
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Dave W
Saint Louis, MO158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We stayed in this neighborhood on Law Street. Just a great relaxed classic southern California feel. Lots of interesting locally owned small restaurants, shops + cafes on Mission Blvd. No national chains which was nice for a change. Tons of surfers in the morning which was fun to watch. Walk the boardwalk (asphalt trail) along the beach down to Mission Beach for more great people watching and local cafes/bars/vendors. Be alert, stay to the right, and watch out for skaters + bikers. But people were very courteous + friendly. You can rent bikes if you want to ride. Some homeless people, but not a problem. Nice clean beaches too, but finding parking can be difficult at times. Public restrooms available. Great location - just 15 minutes away from La Jolla + 20 minutes from airport in good traffic.
Written May 11, 2022
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