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Pacific Beach Neighborhood Guide

Pacific Beach, known affectionately as ‘PB’, has one of the most active nightlife scenes in San Diego. With its young population and fabulous beach, this neighborhood is a fun and vibrant place to live. You have a choice of bars, restaurants, coffee houses, and shops, with Garnet Avenue being the major commercial artery.

This neighborhood’s main attraction is the beach it was named for, which extends from the Mission Bay jetty to the La Jolla cliffs. You can watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean while taking a stroll down the 3.2-mile boardwalk that runs along the beach, and stop for coffee or duck into one of the shops along the way. If you want to do something a little more athletic it’s also a great place to cycle or rollerblade – and, of course, surf.

In the past Pacific Beach was a haven for surfers and college students, but the population is gradually becoming more upscale, leading to rising rents and property values.

To the north of Pacific Beach is La Jolla, while Mission Beach and Mission Bay are on the south side. Interstate 5 defines the eastern border and the Pacific Ocean is to the west.

Properties for Sale in Pacific Beach

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Things to Do in Pacific Beach

Adventure Water Sports

Water Park

2211 Pacific Beach Dr
San Diego, CA 92109

Corporate Helicopters

Helicopter Tours

3753 John J Montgomery Dr #1
San Diego, CA 92123

GoCar Tours San Diego

San Diego GoCar Tour

2100 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Top Restaurants in Pacific Beach

Alta Marea


4286 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-7247

The Blend Superfood Bar

Juice Bars & Smoothies

4121 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 230-7475

Vanoos Grillette


4614 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-1101

Pacific Beach Demographics


Population: 1,039
Median household income: $63,829
Median contract rent: $1,268
Median single family home price: $637,595
Median resident age: 28.7
Percentage of family households: 23.8%

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 54.0%
  • Female: 46.0%
  • Asian: 2.0%
  • Caucasian: 92.8%
  • Hispanic: 3.8%
  • Other race: 1.4%

Schools in Pacific Beach

Bayview Terrace Elementary School

Grades K-5

2445 Fogg St
San Diego, CA 92109

Mission Bay High School

Grades 9-12

2475 Grand Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

St. Paul's Lutheran School and Preschool of Pacific Beach

Grades PK-8

1376 Felspar Street
San Diego, CA 92109