Simply known as “PB” by locals, and recognized as one of the top places to surf in the United States, Pacific Beach has earned the reputation of being one of California’s favorite oceanside communities. On any given day, you’ll see locals biking to the beach—surfboard in hand—and sunbathers on their way to soak in the Southern California warmth. Here, life is relaxed, never rushed, and always full of good times.
Pacific Beach is located about 9 miles north of Downtown, sits west of the I-5 Freeway and is surrounded by Mission Bay and the Pacific, providing it with year-round ocean breezes and cooler temperatures than many other neighborhoods in San Diego. Within PB, you will find several sub-neighborhoods, each with a slightly different vibe.
Mission Beach is a narrow strip of land wedged between Mission Bay and the Pacific, and extends to the southernmost point of PB. It is lined with a wide variety of beach homes ranging from small bungalows to custom-built multi-million dollar beach homes. Here you will find many beach bars, quaint coffee shops and Belmont Park amusement park.
Crown Point is a quiet enclave that sits on a peninsula that juts out in the center of Mission Bay. This predominantly residential neighborhood is home to Rocky’s Pub, home of the “Best Burger in San Diego” and was featured in the movie, Anchorman. This neighborhood is also home to Crown Point Shores Park, offers great paddleboarding, rollerblading, a bird sanctuary and great views of Downtown.
North PB sits on the northernmost end of Pacific Beach. This quiet, suburban feel neighborhood slightly removed from the action, but still within walking distance to Law Street Beach.
Home styles range from quaint condos to craftsman-style to ultra-modern. The median list price for a home in PB is $1.27M, although you can find condo’s listed under $400,000.
Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or in the neighborhood, you’ll never have to venture too far to find the shopping and dining experience you want.
Close to Crystal Pier (along Garnet Ave and Mission Boulevard), you’ll run into an abundance of beachside stores and restaurants. When looking for new attire that perfectly fits the Pacific Beach lifestyle, make stops at Quiksilver, Urban Outfitters, Vans, South Coast PB, and Brandy Melville.
When you’re in the mood for a bite to eat, check out local favorites such as Breakfast Republic, Board and Brew, Spice Lounge, Ramen Ryoma, and JRDN at Tower 23. Away from the immediate beachfront area, you’ll find other neighborhood favorites, including Costa Brava, Iron Pig Alehouse, Fish Shop Pacific Beach, and Poké Chop. And make sure to check out Hammond’s Ice Cream after dinner!
When planning a day of leisure as a Pacific Beach resident, you can always find fun things to do within a few minutes of home.
Go on a walk down the Crystal Pier, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. As you begin your walk, you’ll notice the cottages situated right on the pier that are rented by area visitors. If you desire a day spent on the beach, look no further than Tourmaline Beach, Law Street Beach, or the town’s namesake—Pacific Beach. Rent a stand-up paddle board and work your way across Sail Bay, or join a pick up beach volley ball game at the many nets along Crown Point. As the sun goes down, set up bonfire along the many fire pits at Crown Point Shores Park and start toasting ‘smores!
If you want to spend your day exploring the rest of Pacific Beach, be sure to check out Kate Sessions Park. While walking around this spacious park, you’ll enjoy scenic vistas, a playground, sports fields, and one of the area’s most dog-friendly outdoor spaces.
Pacific Beach is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: