It is quite easy to meet people on the beach, most everyone is very friendly and open to a conversation that wouldn't be usual while walking down the street.
Almost like a VT Meeting, there is a common interest. I've struck up conversations with stripping surfers, old couples from out of state, scuba divers, yoga teachers giving instructions on the sand and many more. Just walk along and stop ocassionally to say, "Hi!" to anyone who looks interesting. On the other hand, when someone says, "Hi!" to you, you'll know that you looked interesting to them.
Of course, if you think this is a dating service, you might be unpleasantly surprised. Then on second thought, you might be pleasantly surprised too.
The main point here is that it is not unusual for anyone to stop to say, "Hi!" and it's okay to stop also, if you want to.
The most popular thing to do in PB is to go to the beach! There isn't much else but the activity at the beach can keep you entertained for a long time. This is a surfing beach--in sections--and a swimming beach.
Since the water is pretty cool, most people don't go into the water until the warmer months. However, this does not keep people away. It can--and does get as warm as 75 degrees F in the wintertime so visitors flock to PB and enjoy the beach town atmosphere. Anyone who is set on swimming, there is always the heated pool at the hotel.
If swimming isn't your thing, there are dolphins to see jumping in and out of the water, surfers to watch--or give it a try yourself. I just like to enjoy the ocean and the ocean breeze.
The boardwalk that runs along the sandy coastal line in PB has traffic, walkers, skaters bicyclers all that sort of thing almost year round. The quiet time at this beach is just after a rain storm--a rarity--and that's my favorite time to be at the beach.
There are lots of restaurants and hotels in this area of PB so you're sure to find something of interest to attract your attention.
One of the main things to do in PB is Rollerblade, bike, skateboard on the walkboard. What else do you need? Sun above you and beach on one side.
Watch out for the local guy who always Rollerblades in thongs, he became the legend and he dresses up in different outfits to pose for pictures.
At the center of Pacific Beach, is Crystal Pier. I've read that it's the longest pier in California, but I have trouble believing that. (Santa Monica seems longer)
The attraction here is the Crystal Pier cottages, and fishing.
Visit Bellmont Park....the rollercoater. Go rollerblading along the bay.
Bellmont Park is a great place to take the family. There is teh Giant Dipper Roller coater, one of the oldest all-wood coasters still in operation. There are shops, restaurants, and Priate's Cove Family Playland.
There's certainly a party attitude on this beach. Plenty of packed Ice Coolers and Tanning lotion here......
Walking on the beach is *always* a special thing to do and Pacific Beach is no exception. And unlike the pier, which closes to the public at sunset and reopens at 8am , the beach is always there ;)
For the most part the development is low-rise. Many of the apartments are rentals by the week or month. From what I saw it looked like a young party-type town.
Once you clear the hotel cottages, the view of the ocean is terrific! There were some surfers, but the surf was not particularly "up"!
It's a bit of a walk on the pier until you get past the cottages that make up the Crystal Pier Hotel, but once past, you get a nice view of the ocean and the town.