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P.B. – fun beach town with something for everyone

When people visit San Diego, this is where they go if they're looking for the classic Southern California beach party scene. On a typical sunny weekend you'll find surfers, college students, tourists, joggers, beachcombers and bikers cruising along the boardwalk. They come here to enjoy the beaches, restaurants and rocking nightclubs. Residents tend to be younger here. - over 40,000 people live in the 92019 ZIP code. Most people in San Diego simply call it "P.B."

The P.B. Boardwalk stretches three miles from the Crystal Pier to the South Mission Jetty.

While not as expensive as La Jolla, it's not cheap to be a beach bum in P.B. For a penthouse condo on the boardwalk or Mission Bay it can cost over $3 million. Many homes are priced over $1 million and at the upper end there are a number of single-family homes listed for over $3 million. At the low end, there are one-bedroom townhouses priced under $300,000. In May, 2015 the median price for single family homes sold in Pacific/Mission Beach was $1.2M. The median price for condominiums was $571,500.

Panoramic view of Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach is situated between Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Beach is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the aquatic playground of Mission Bay. A rocky headline defines the northern border between P.B. and La Jolla. To the south is the Mission Beach jetty and the entrance to Mission Bay. Stretching for nearly three miles along the beach is the popular boardwalk that has a yellow line down the middle to help control the flow of pedestrian traffic. From I-5 you take the exit for Grand Avenue/Garnet Avenue Garnet - two main streets used to enter and leave the area. Mission Boulevard is the main artery near the coast running north and south.

Lahina Beach Club in Pacific Beach
Happy hour at the Lahaina Beach Club. Pacific Beach has lots of options for nightclubs and reataurants that make this a popular tourist destination.

Toward the north end is Tourmaline Surfing Park, which is designated as a "surfing-only" beach. There's a parking lot here with bathrooms and a small picnic area. The easy waves make this a popular spot for longboarders and beginners. When the wind is howling, Tourmaline is a good place to watch windsurfers and kiteboarders.
At the foot of Garnet Avenue is the landmark Crystal Pier, a fishing pier that is open to the public. Walking out on the pier you pass the cozy cottages of the Crystal Pier Hotel. This unique collection of 26 cottages was built on the pier in the 1930s - they have been renovated over the years. Each cottage has its own bedroom, living room, patio and kitchen. From the pier you can catch a great view from La Jolla to Sunset Cliffs.

Surf School in Pacific Beach, California
Many people have tried surfing for the first time in Pacific Beach.

For dining, there are many options to satisfy any craving. Like most of San Diego, there are lots of choices for Mexican food including Taco Surf (1820 Garnet Ave.) and Cabo Cantina (1050 Garnet Ave.) For seafood there's World Famous (711 Pacific Beach Dr.); Big Bertha's Fish Joint (1165 Garnet Ave.) and The Fishery Market (5040 Cass St.). For hamburgers, Rocky's (3786 Ingraham St.) is considered to have some of the best in San Diego. Other dining favorites include Café Athena (1846 Garnet Ave.) Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge (722 Grand Ave.) Haiku Japanese Restaurant (1520 Garnet Ave.) Kono's (704 Garnet Ave.); and Nick's At The Beach (809 Thomas Ave.). For vegetarian fare try Vegan Zone (859 Hornblend St.). There are also many unique restaurants and cafes that are worth checking out. For quick bites, along Grand Ave. and Garnet Ave. there is nearly every type of fast-food restaurant.

Shore Club Pacific Beach California
The P.B Shore Club is one of many places for dining and happy hour along the boardwalk.

For happy hour and nightlife, Pacific Beach is a favorite place to go. Close to the beach you can find many bars and nightclubs including Moondoggies (832 Garnet), Lahaina Beach Club (710 Oliver Ave.); P.B. Shore Club (4343 Ocean Blvd.)and The AleHouse (721 Grand Ave.) For live music check out The Canibal Bar at the Catamaran (3999 Mission Blvd.); 710 Beach Club (formerly Blind Melons) or The Tiki (1152 Garnet Ave.) or P.B. Bar & Grill (860 Garnet Ave.).

For visitors and residents alike, Pacific Beach has everything you need for fun and life's necessities. It's close to major attractions including Sea World, Balboa Park, the downtown Gaslamp district and the San Diego Zoo. With the combination of the boardwalk, tanned bodies, raucous nightlife and near-perfect weather, Pacific Beach is the definition of "life's a beach."

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Pacific Beach Elementary
1234 Tourmaline St.

Bayview Terrace Elementary
Grand Ave. & Culver St.

St. Paul's Lutheran School
1376 Felspar St.


710 Beach Club
710 Garnet Ave.

The Tiki
1152 Garnet Ave.

Hennessey's Tavern
4650 Mission Blvd.
(858) 483-8847

832 Garnet Ave.
(858) 483-6550

Cannibal Bar - Catamaran
3999 Mission Blvd.
((858) 488-1081

Pacific Beach Bar & Grill
860 Garnet Ave.
(858) 272-4745

Typhoon Saloon
1165 Garnet Ave.
(858) 373-3444


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