Pacific Beach: one of the most popular beaches for the young and carefree.
Pacific Beach of San Diego is an example of the natural beauties in California. The ocean is blue with white caps, and the sand is clean & soft. People of all types and ages come here to enjoy a day at the beach: they frolic in the water, swim, surf, play volley ball, enjoy the sun, or just hang out (sometimes upside down!).
One of the things that differentiate Pacific Beach from the other beaches in San Diego is the people. This beach attracts the young and uninhibited. Here, you will find young couples, college students, and hipsters with tattoos and/or body piercings. These characters are not criminals or small time thieves - rather, they are young with no kids, no mortgage, and no worries. Families and the 30-somethings come to Pacific Beach too, but there is a definite prevalence of Dudes and Chicks.
Pacific Beach formally starts near Crystal Pier (at the west end of Garnet Ave) and extends south for about half a mile. The beach extends further south for a total of two miles, but it becomes Mission Beach and then South Mission Beach. The strip of land which has Pacific Ocean on one side and Mission Bay on the other side is commonly called "the Strand". Not much here except houses and beautiful sand, sand, and sand.
Pacific Beach has a concrete walkway that parallels the water. The north end of this walkway is wide and curvaceous with trees, lawns, and an occasional cross-street. This is a great place to take photos and enjoy the beach scene. Public restrooms are located here, just behind the life guard station.
The south end of Pacific Beach is straight and somewhat narrow. This part of the concrete walkway is lined with rental property and makeshift shops. It's really a lively area enjoyed by pedestrians, bicyclists, roller blades, skate boards, strollers, and joggers. Please be courteous and share the road: speed is restricted to 8 mph.
Stores and Shops Inland
Just a few streets inland, you will find a vibrant community. There's the usual seaside shops such as: surfboard rentals, bicycle rentals, and beachwear. But, there's also tattoo shops and pubs that cater to the 21 year olds.
Some of the restaurants serve up fantastic food but are "hole-in-the-wall" types. Other restaurants are the traditional "sit-down" types and come in various flavors: Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Greek, Seafood, Steakhouse, Surf N Turf, and more. Just walk up and down Mission Blvd, Felspar Street, Garnet Ave, and Thomas Ave to experience dining delights.
It's not just the food and stores: Pacific Beach is the place to cruise around if you happen to have a fancy sports car - even better if you have a blond riding shotgun. Cars can be loaded for fun too: bicycles or surfboards rule.
Pacific Beach is a great beach with a lot of character. Everyone is welcomed: it's safe, it's fun, it's lively. Every beach has its own flavor and this beach is no different: young, carefree, a little rebellious and not afraid to show it.
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