About Pacific Beach in San Diego, California
Pacific Beach (the beach) is centered around the Crystal Pier in the Pacific Beach District of San Diego, California. This is a popular spot for sunbathing, playing in the waves, and surfing.
Ocean Front Walk is a paved pathway that runs behind Pacific Beach and continues south behind Mission Beach to the end of the peninsula. This is a popular bike path and is lined with shops and restaurants at Pacific Beach.
Crystal Pier is a public fishing pier during the day and has a great vantage point to look at the city, the beach, and the surfers below.
There are a lot of lodging options in the area, but on the pier there are unique Cape Cod-style cottages for rent. These small individual units make up the Crystal Pier Hotel and staying there would provide a more memorable trip to Pacific Beach. Plan your stay on Crystal Pier well in advance as the cottages are usually booked out for months.
Pacific Beach is a very popular beach and since street parking is your best option it may require a long walk to get there unless you get an early start on the day.
North of Pacific Beach is North Pacific Beach (a bit quieter) and south of Pacific Beach Drive is Mission Beach (a busier place with an amusement park too). All three of these beaches are part of The Strand.
- Grand Ave & Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
- Other Names
- Crystal Pier
- City Beach
- Pet Details
- Leashed dogs allowed on beach before 9am and after 6pm from April-Oct. (changes to 4pm Nov.-March).
- Free street parking and paid lots nearby
- Surfing, Bodyboarding, Swimming, Sunbathing, Fishing, Biking, Walking, Running, Volleyball
- Fishing Pier, Paved Bike Path, Lifeguards, Restrooms, Showers, Benches, ADA Accessibility
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