Pacific Beach & Mission Beach
Pacific Beach (or “P.B.”) and Mission Beach are known for its reputation for sporting the ultimate casual, “no worries” San Diego beach lifestyle, as well as its day-to-night beach nightlife. From the boardwalk that stretches and lines the beach to the typical old-style beach cottages and condos, peoples from all walks of life – from surfers and college kids to CEOs and professionals – mingle and enjoy the endless outdoor fun in this surfer’s haven.
Pacific Beach has three miles of boardwalk offering a "party in the sunshine" vibe. It's crowded with cyclists, joggers, rollerbladers and those out for a stroll. There are also plenty of places along the boardwalk for cheap eats and drinks. While P.B. more than lives up to its partying reputation, the sunny community offers many attractions for those older (and younger) than its core demographic. Fun shops, including the unique import emporium Pangaea Outpost, top seafood restaurants, and tropical spa resorts are just some of the area’s universal appeals, not to mention the beautiful beach itself. No matter their ages, P.B. keeps its visitors and residents young. Its northern end is also the point where Mount Soledad begins to elevate before reaching the neighboring community of La Jolla. One can also take a relaxing stroll along the iconic Crystal Pier for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, Mission Beach to the south is a more densely-developed residential community which is also home to the historic amusement park, Belmont Park. Nestled between Mission Bay and Pacific Beach, Mission Beach spans two miles of ocean, paralleled by a swathe of upscale residential complexes along the coast. Visitors are encouraged to take a ride in its 73-foot-tall Giant Dipper Roller Coaster which runs on 2,600 feet of track. To the south, a volleyball hotspot has emerged on the beach. Nightlife is a relaxed and laidback affair, reflecting the beach culture. There’s also Mission Bay Park which is a popular spot for activities such as sailing, swimming, boating, and various water sports, and Tourmaline Surfing Park.
Nestled between Mission Bay and Pacific Beach, Mission Beach spans two miles of ocean, paralleled by a swathe of upscale residential complexes along the coast. Along the historic boardwalk, the famous amusement park, Belmont Park, features a Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, opened in May of 1925, as well as other park rides.