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"The Home of Crystal Pier" Pacific Beach by lmkluque

Pacific Beach Travel Guide: 49 reviews and 87 photos

One of the Most Popular Beach Communities of S.D.

Welcome to my Pacific Beach page,

Pacific Beach, known locally as "P.B.," is one of the most popular beaches in San Diego! It is a perfect spot for swimming, surfing, and fishing right off the Crystal Pier. The photo is taken from the south of the pier with a view north.

Beach lovers from all over the county come here all year round and there are some tourists too. Such popularity creates a maze of small traffic jams which makes it difficult to get into or out of P.B. on weekends and during the summer. There is a bit of public transportation, but it is the car that is most efficient when coming to this beach and parking is at a premium. Grand and Garnet are the main two east/west streets that will reach from the I-5 freeway to Ocean Boulevard which runs along the beach in many but, not all places.

A large part of P.B. is residential and most business in this area are geared for daily living needs. However, the few blocks west of the beach are full of restaurants, hotels and little shops that appeal to a tourist as well as local beach-goers.

Crystal Pier is not the longest pier in San Diego, I don't remember how long, but will try to find out.


The length of Crystal Pier is 872 feet. It's actually not the shortest either. The fishing Pier of Shelter Island is a mere 200 feet. The longest pier is Ocean Beach Pier at 1,971 feet.

On Crystal Pier, anyone can walk out to the end and drop down a fishing line. However, there are small cottages on both sides of the pier for rent and anyone wanting to live just above the ocean has the opportunity. Most of the time two or three nights stay is required at these cottages and on-pier parking is offered to cottage guests only.

Interstate 5 to Garnet Ave.; west to Mission Blvd.

Hope you enjoy your visit,

View From North To South

This photo is from a postcard by RoadRunner Card Co. in San Diego and shows what PB is like during the summer months. This is not my idea of fun, but for those of you who love mingling this is the place to go!

The ocean water is rarely ever really warm, sometimes by late August or early September it will be warmer. Any other time it may seem disappointingly cool when you dip your toes in, especially if you've experienced a smaller body of water like the Mediterranean Sea. However, even when the water seems a bit cool, once you jump in and get moving around it is pretty nice and refreshing. Of course during a really hot day, the cooler water is a true blessing!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One of the most popular beaches in S.D.
  • Cons:One of the most popular beaches in S.D.
  • In a nutshell:If you love crowds and traffic, you'll love P.B.!
  • Last visit to Pacific Beach: Nov 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Good that it is possible to rent bicycles in PB, and that some people actually do it. I like your idea of going to the beach after a rainstorm.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Had an adventure or two here some years back. Thanks for the revisit.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2006 at 11:29 PM

    I visited Pacific Beach 16 years ago, but have no photos from that occation. It was very nice to see your photos and read your good tips. The sunsets in the Pacific Ocean looks great!

  • Aug 9, 2006 at 7:57 PM

    I'll never do business with Bob's shop. I reserved a board to pick it up today and they had already sold it when I got there. They also lost the paperwork for my reservation. That's some horrible business practice. I don't recommend this shop at all.

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2006 at 7:38 AM

    Hello Linda! Good tips, thank you for sharing! K&T

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 11:45 AM

    I'd rather ride a bike than roller blade (never did it) to get there (although that Mustange Convertable looks great :-) and I'd prefer to see than to be seen :-))). Very nice page with great updayes, I need a beach and sun now!

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2003 at 1:01 PM

    I like the sound of those cottages to stay in. Sounds very popular and looks it too:-)

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