Pacific Beach Photos
North Pacific Beach is a perfectly beautiful beach. It is about a mile long and extends from the south end of La Jolla up to Crystal Pier.
North Pacific Beach is bordered by high cliffs and can be accessed via stairs that lead down.
Pacific Beach begins at Crystal Pier. If you're not interested in getting your feet all sandy and wet, you can still enjoy the beach scene by walking along Crystal Pier. The pier is open for pier fishing, and if you look over the edge, you can see surfers catching waves.
Crystal Pier is also famous for the cottages at the base of the pier which you can rent. The Crystal Pier Hotel gets incredible reviews: it's the place to melt away stress and "sleep over the ocean".
Once you are south of the pier, you are formally in Pacific Beach. The first part has a large, beachside, concrete area for walking, biking, and just hanging around. It's a great place to people-watch.
Have a seat and enjoy the sun, wind, and the sea.
As you walk further south, you will begin to see posh beachfront property which may be rented. What a place to stay!
Eateries along Ocean Blvd epitomize the lackadaisical beach style.
The walkway narrows as you go further south. Shops sell classic beach paraphernalia: sunglasses, clothes, boogie boards, hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, mats, sand buckets/shovels and more.
The concrete walkway is shared by everyone. Here, bicyclers and pedestrians enjoy the antics of a roller blade aficionado.
As you walk further south, the beach becomes Mission Beach and then South Mission beach. This section is pretty much sandy beach on one side, and houses on the other side. It will look like this all the way until you reach the Mission Bay Channel.
However, if you were to wander inland at Pacific Beach, you will see a lively community geared towards fun: surfing lessons, rental shops, cheap restaurants, pubs & lounges, tattoo parlors, and more.
It's not all wet and wild: there is a Farmer's Market at the Promenade Mall (on Mission Blvd between Reed and Pacific Beach Blvd). This Farmer's Market is small and sells predominantly flowers and seasonal fruits, but it is fresh and a nice change from the usual grocery stores. Check it out: Saturdays from 8 am to 12 noon.