Pacific Beach Travel Guide

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Pacific Beach Things to Do

  • Friendly Souls at the Beach

    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...

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  • The Place To See!

    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...

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  • Boardwalk

    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.

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  • Crystal Pier

    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.

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  • Party on the Beach

    There's certainly a party attitude on this beach. Plenty of packed Ice Coolers and Tanning lotion here......

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  • The beach

    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 ;)

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Pacific Beach Restaurants

  • Kono's Surf Club Cafe

    This is the place to go if you are looking for a sense of California Surf Community beach. Kono's opens at seven in the morning because surfer's around here are out on the waves early, before going to work or school. If you're not a surfer or staying at the Crystal Pier Cottages and don't feel like cooking this is the best spot to stop for a casual...

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  • Something New to try

    Gringo is a Mexican word used to describe Americans, especially those who know nothing of the Mexican culture. They saw you coming!!! This is the most expensive Mexican Restaurant I've seen yet!It seems that an architect and a chef partnered-up to create Gringos Cantina and they have big bills to pay. Now I'm not saying that the food is not worth...

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  • Surf's Up!!

    This is the place to go if you are looking for a sense of California Surf Community beach. Kono's opens at seven in the morning because surfer's around here are out on the waves early, before going to work or school. If you're not a surfer or staying at the Crystal Pier Cottages and don't feel like cooking this is the best spot to stop for a casual...

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  • Authentic Asian Cuisine in PB!

    Opened for lunch and dinner this restaurant is pretty stylish and also "fast-food" PB style. With a name like Kafe Yen, I expected Japanese, however, they serve dishes from China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan! Of course, there are plenty of Vegetarian choices and you can have your order made as mild or spicy as you'd like,...

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  • Lots Of Chains In PB

    Pacific Beach is full of "chain restaurants." Many people snub their nose at these types as being "generic" without charm and not worth a visit. However, most chain restaurants usually start as an individually owned business that becomes so popular that the owners try new locations to share their product. The real value in this type of eatery is...

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  • A Local Favorite

    Parking can be a pain, but the popularity of this section of Pacific Beach offers interesting sights to enjoy while having a meal. One of my favorites happened on a Saturday morning. A guy in bathing suit picked out a space of beach adjacent to the restaurant's patio, set up a sign that read, "Free Yoga Lessons." In the time it took to order a...

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Pacific Beach Nightlife

  • Moondoggies

    So this place is pretty sweet. It's got a big area inside to eat. A patio for chilling outside on those nice days. The best day to go is on tuesday. This is actually the best day for all the bars. Its Taco Tuesday at all the bars. Taco's how can you go wrong. On the taco Tuesday i was there they had a comedian. Filled with young proffessionals,...

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  • Now, 719 Beach Club

    Are you a Melon Head? Yes or No, the answer doesn't matter. This is a lively night spot. The focus is on music and the live music will move you. Next to Kono's Surf Club and across from Crystal Pier and the Boardwalk you will surely pass by this rock & roll club during the day and not be impressed. However, after the sun goes down you will hear the...

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  • PB is Nightlife!

    Pacific Beach is not what I consider a "romantic" spot. More of a party community, especially along the beach area. However, romance can be found easily enough if the state of mind is adjusted and if something warm to cover yourself.Once the sun begins to set, the air becomes much cooler and sitting on the sand wrapped in a blanket while watching...

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Pacific Beach Transportation

  • Mustange Convertable

    On each transportation tip for cities and communities in San Diego we all say a car is a MUST! It is hard to add this tip to each of my San Diego pages with out becoming repetitive. So, this time I'm showing a dream car but telling about the least expensive rental company you'll find in the area.Bargain Auto Rentals is on Rosecrans Street, not far...

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  • For the Healthy and Sports Minded

    Of course, due to leg problems, I drive everywhere, but most of the residents and many visitors in PB skate, roller blade or ride bikes to get around. Rent a bike and join them.Getting around the beach area of PB is much faster sometimes and if you travel light this is the way to go. The photo seen here was taken near Garnet and Ingrahm streets a...

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  • When driving around PB...

    When driving around PB remember that most places are on Garnet or Grand (takes you to the beach), or along Mission Bay Blvd. (runs along the beach) so as long as you know that you shouldn't get lost. Parking is a challenge down here especially on weekends or holidays (4th of July) so plan for no parking...and watch out for parking tickets.

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Pacific Beach Shopping

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    Bob's

    by lmkluque Updated Jul 8, 2012

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    In the market for a custom built surfboard? Wet Suit? Accessories? Lessons? Rentals? Or do you just want to browse? This sixties style surf shop offers all of the above and a friendly surf minded atmosphere too!

    This is the place to ask all your questions and get all your supplies. Stop in and meet other like minded people.

    What to buy: Buy whatever you want or need.

    However if renting a surf board is what you had in mind expect to pay, $6.00 to $25.00 for a half day (1-4 Hours) and $10.00 to $35.00 for a full day. (4-24 Hours)

    If you're not ready to try standing on a wave, get a bodyboard, that's fun too.

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    • Surfing
    • Beaches
    • School Holidays

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Pacific Beach Local Customs

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    Surfin' After  Storm 2 more images

    by lmkluque Updated Jul 8, 2012

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    Early morning is the time most surfers get here. A little surfing before going to school or work is quite refreshing and quite common. Of the early morning surfers in PB, you may notice they might seem pretty old, some as old as I am. They've been surfing since their teens and are usually some of the best surfers about.

    It is not necessary to get up so early, surfing is okay all through the day until sunset. This is a beach for experienced surfers and the waves can get pretty tall. Novices can try out the waves, especially when they are not stormy high. If you'd like to try, there are rental places in PB and even lessons offered. This is your chance, why not take it? Just stay away from the pier until you are proficient.

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Pacific Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Pay Attention to All Posted Signs &...

    Throughout the beach areas there are signs posted. Following the "rules" can keep you from getting fined and sometimes save your life.There is a webpage for the standard Beach & Water regulations at all San Diego BeachesEach beach has rules, which may or may not make sense to you, but they reflect problems that have been encountered in the past.*...

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  • When on the boardwalk keep in...

    When on the boardwalk keep in mind that you can drink alcoholic beverages on the beach (sand) or on the boardwalk (say at the bars, beach houses) but not anywhere near the WALL that divides the beach from the boardwalk. So be careful when transporting your beverages. Do not sit or hang on the wall. You will be ticketed.

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  • When walking along the...

    When walking along the boardwalk or bay it gets really crowded so watch out for rollerbladers, bikes, and some times crazy people. Remember PB is the beach so it attract a different type of person...some are wild and you want to stay away from those types. You'll know who I'm talking about if you visit.

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Pacific Beach Tourist Traps

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    Rescue vehicles at the ready

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    Lifeguards on the beach daily throughout the year, are ever watchful, but when you're swimming and feel the water tug at you slightly, get out and move to another location. Rip tides can pull you in and tire you out before you realize it.

    Most of the time there are flags posted to warn of rip tide areas. Sometimes you can even see them in the water by the way it swirls differently.

    Unique Suggestions: If a friend has been caught by a rip tide, inform the lifeguard, who is trained for this type of rescue. If you don't see a lifeguard near, dial 911 and they will contact the lifeguard.

    Fun Alternatives: Before visiting Pacific Beach find out about Rip Tides and be prepared. Usually an adult doesn't have to worry if you are in very shallow water, but children might not be able to resist the tug. So be especially careful with the little ones.

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    • School Holidays
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

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Pacific Beach Off The Beaten Path

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    Boardwalk in PB

    by lmkluque Updated Jul 8, 2012

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    If You are looking for any off the beaten path kind of places, PB is not for you! This is the place to go to when you want to be surrounded by relaxed, causual and lively people.

    The community is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west, La Jolla to the north, Mission Beach to the south and Interstate 5 to the east which is two or three miles distance. On the east side of Mission Boulevard after a few blocks, you find only residential sections until you come to Ingrahm Street which will take you to the Bay. There you'll find a few resorts and parks that offer water activites also. To the south of this area is SeaWorld.

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Pacific Beach Favorites

  • PB Is A Beach Lover's Spot

    Many people who live in PB are "beach lovers" and frequent this beach all year round.From sun-up to sun-down there are things to see and do at the beach in PB. I've mentioned the main things, but if you are like me and not into the typical beach activities this is still a great beach to come to. I usually visit this beach after a storm when the...

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  • It's the pier st*p*d!!!

    The pier *is* the heart of Pacific Beach. In this picture you see the arch over the entrance, inviting you to "sleep over the ocean"

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  • Enjoy the beach...rollerblade...

    Enjoy the beach...rollerblade along Mission Bay, visit Bellmont Park, and enjoy PB nightlife. Renting a beach house on the boardwalk and celebrating my graduation. Here we are making a toast.

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