Sandy beaches, restaurants galore, and beautiful blue skies – you can find it all in Pacific Beach! Pacific Beach, a small beach community located in the central coastal area of San Diego, is a beach hub, has a thriving business district, and hosts thousands of visitors each year. PB, as the locals call it, has become one of the biggest hot spots in San Diego. Just south of La Jolla, Pacific Beach is surrounded by Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It has wandering views of the ocean, with eclectic eateries and restaurants, a boardwalk that stretches on for miles, and a terrific mix of boutiques.
Whether you are looking for a small beach cottage, an oceanfront condo, or a large home by the coast, you can find it in Pacific Beach. The “Endless Summer” atmosphere makes you want to come back for more with people mingling around at the local coffee shops, bars, and burger joints. It truly is a beach community that fits right into the San Diego scene.
Pacific Beach is the iconic southern California beach town. With three miles of boardwalks and a lively atmosphere, Pacific Beach is a great place to find fun in the sun. From funky beach bars and taco stands to sleek modern hotels, nightclubs, and fine dining restaurants, Pacific Beach offers a variety of things to do beyond the miles of sandy beaches. Pacific Beach is a collection of 19 neighborhoods, each with their own distinct personalities:
- MISSION BEACH
Mission Beach is the southernmost neighborhood in PB, and is a strand-way that offers high end beach front properties, charming beach cottages, multi-family homes, and condos. Mission Beach offers a beach vibe, attracting surfers, vacationers, second homeowners and water enthusiasts. This neighborhood is nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the west and Mission Bay to the east. For people that enjoy rowing, sailing, kayaking, and boating, the bay offers calm waters, while the Pacific side of Mission Bay offers a long sandy beach to enjoy the surfing and ocean fun.
- JEWEL COAST
Slightly north from Mission Beach is the Jewel Coast, defined by Crystal Pier on the south end and Tourmaline Beach and Surf Park near La Jolla to the north. This oceanfront neighborhood is dotted with luxury condo buildings and homes. This stretch of beach is known for being quieter and more for locals than the busy stretch of sand in Mission Beach.
- CROWN POINT
Crown Point is nestled between Mission Bay and Fiesta Bay. This neighborhood is known for its charming cottages, duplexes, and condos. This area is highlighted by an estuary, and has camping and park areas.
- NORTH PACIFIC BEACH
North Pacific Beach is comprised of three key neighborhoods, each with their own architectural style. Pacifica is located in the northeastern most border of Pacific Beach, and is known for its mid-century homes, many of which offer breathtaking views of the ocean, bay, and city. Harbor Heights is an enclave of traditional homes, many with ocean and bay views in a park-like setting. The Castle Hills area is a wooded, elevated area which offers quiet, tree-lined streets and many homes have sweeping views.
- PACIFIC BEACH
The heart of Pacific Beach is comprised of sub-neighborhoods dotted with post-World War II cottages, many of which have been transformed into quintessential coastal homes reminiscent of a time gone by. It is common in this area of Pacific Beach to see people walking to shops, riding beach cruisers and skateboards as common modes of transportation. The atmosphere is casual, truly exemplifying the “Endless Summer” theme southern California is known for.
Pacific Beach also offers a thriving business district. The main business areas are located between two large boulevards: Grand and Garnet. This area offers everything from bars and cafes to international restaurants and fine dining establishments, as well as grocery stores and boutique shops. Pacific Beach is truly a diverse, yet closely knit, community.
WHAT MAKES BUYING HOME IN PACIFIC BEACH UNIQUE?
Pacific Beach is a great location for people who want to embrace a beach lifestyle while being in close proximity to the city of San Diego. With a short commute to the airport and downtown San Diego, homeowners in Pacific Beach enjoy a great lifestyle. With so many retail options, Pacific Beach residents have a tendency to shop local, which includes partaking in the local farmer’s market.
Like many of the coastal communities in San Diego, Pacific Beach experiences the coastal marine layer in the morning and the early evenings, which burns off to create sunny, mild afternoons. The summer high temperature can hit a comfortable 80 degrees, while the winter months can offer sunny 60-degree weather. The locals love the months of September and October when the weather is still warm, the ocean is inviting, and the beach is quiet with locals strolling, running, and surfing.
Pacific Beach has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The three elementary schools are Pacific Beach Elementary, Crown Point Elementary, and Kates Session Elementary. Each school is known for its caring staff. With active parents and community involvement, these schools help students thrive and learn in nurturing, academically focused environments. Historic Pacific Beach Middle IB World School serves beach area families with an innovative, globally focused education. Pacific Beach Middle School brings the world to their students, through the celebrated International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program. Mission Bay High is a magnet school located on the shores of Mission Bay in Pacific Beach. The school takes pride in offering a rigorous curriculum based on the International Baccalaureate Program. The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) includes all 9th and 10th graders. The IB Diploma Program (DP) is for 11th and 12th graders.
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