A favorite spot amongst college students and young adults living the California Dream, Pacific Beach is the iconic Southern California beach town. With three miles of boardwalk and a lively atmosphere, P.B. (as the locals call it) is a great place to find fun in the sun, and pleasures after dark. From funky beach bars and taco stands that welcome sandy toes, to sleek modern hotels, sultry night clubs and fine dining establishments, Pacific Beach offers a variety of things to do beyond the miles of sandy beaches.
Tourmaline Surfing Park where the rugged headlands of La Jolla end abruptly, is a surfing-only beach popular with novice surfers. With slow, slopey waves, beginners, longboarders and (when the wind is up) windsurfers and kiteboarders favor this beach over other spots in the area. There's a medium-capacity parking lot here with bathrooms and a small picnic area.
You can find anything from bicycle rentals to night clubs to boutiques to biker bars along the coast here, and more of the same as you head inland up Garnet Avenue for many blocks.
Crystal Pier is a wooden pier, 872 feet long, located at the end of Garnet Ave in Pacific Beach. It has been an important landmark of this small beach community since its grand opening in 1927. The pier is known for its quaint hotel cottages atop the raised wooden structure.
Crystal PIer, Pacific Beach
Night Life on Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach
Tourmaline Beach Park, Pacific Beach