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Pacific Beach Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Laid-back by day,this hub of nightclubs and bars comes to life at night. 

Situated between La Jolla to the north and Mission Beach to the south, Pacific Beach (P.B. to locals) has its own distinct identity. The area was used as a Navy base during World War II, but during the 1960s it emerged as a thriving neighborhood. Today, there are a variety of bars, restaurants and nightclubs that attract a generally young crowd of professionals and students. The daylight hours at P.B. are laid-back but there’s never a lack of activity. On sunny afternoons, there’s always something happening on the sand: volleyball, picnics, live music and a bevy of sun worshippers. Sample some of the excellent food from across the border at one of the food stalls, or treat yourself to a cool afternoon drink at one of the upscale hotels or restaurants with a view.

In the evening, head to one of the many bars and nightclubs for a night out, California style. Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard are the main shopping and dining precincts.

Pacific Beach has a designated surfing area, Tourmaline Surfing Park, considered ideal for novices because of its gentle waves. There is a patrolled swimming area further to the north. To stay out of the water completely, make your way up the boardwalk on a bike or blades, or drop a line in off Crystal Pier. You may well be in luck —these mild Pacific waters are home to some sizable fish.

As with most of the beaches in the area, you’ll find a good range of facilities at Pacific Beach, with bathrooms and showers along the boardwalk. There are also fire rings along the shore, but you’ll need to be quick to get one in summer. Parking is scarce at Pacific Beach, so consider taking public transportation. San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System has a few bus services from downtown to Pacific Beach.

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Catamaran Resort and Spa
Catamaran Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
The price is $159 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Mission Beach, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within 2 mi (3 km) of Pacific Beach Park and Belmont Park. SeaWorld and Mission Bay ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,717 reviews)

"Me encanto el lugar, Ubicación excelente, buen trato, muy limpio"…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Catamaran Resort and Spa
Pacific Terrace Hotel
Pacific Terrace Hotel
4 out of 5
610 Diamond St, San Diego, CA
The price is $159 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Pacific Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Crystal Pier and Mission Beach. Belmont Park and La Jolla ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)

"Right on beach nice staff. Beds uncomfortable but nice amenities"…"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Pacific Terrace Hotel
Blue Sea Beach Hotel
Blue Sea Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
707 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is $122 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in Pacific Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Beach Park, Mission Beach, and Mission ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,328 reviews)

"Loved that it was on strand. It is Right on beach."…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

Blue Sea Beach Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Catamaran Resort and Spa
Catamaran Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
The price is $159 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Catamaran Resort and Spa
Pacific Terrace Hotel
Pacific Terrace Hotel
4 out of 5
610 Diamond St, San Diego, CA
The price is $159 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Pacific Terrace Hotel
Blue Sea Beach Hotel
Blue Sea Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
707 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is $122 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
Blue Sea Beach Hotel
Ocean Park Inn
Ocean Park Inn
3 out of 5
710 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA
Ocean Park Inn
The Beach Cottages
The Beach Cottages
2.5 out of 5
4255 Ocean Boulevard, San Diego, CA
The price is $94 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
The Beach Cottages
Pacific View Inn
Pacific View Inn
2 out of 5
610 Emerald St., San Diego, CA
The price is $125 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
Pacific View Inn
PB Surf Beachside Inn
PB Surf Beachside Inn
2.5 out of 5
4760 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA
The price is $97 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
PB Surf Beachside Inn
Tower23 Hotel
Tower23 Hotel
4 out of 5
723 Felspar St, San Diego, CA
The price is $175 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
Tower23 Hotel
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is $179 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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