26 February 2011

Pacific Beach: Classic San Diego!

San Diego is a great city, and one of my favorite neighborhoods is Pacific Beach. Sandwiched between La Jolla, Mission Bay, and the I-5, PB is a neighborhood of apartments and bungalows teeming with 20-somethings and families.

Garnet Street is the main business district of the area, and is lined with cute shops and restaurants to explore. The streets are arranged in a grid fashion, and many have views of Mission Bay to the south and the ocean. Garnet ends at the beach in Crystal Pier, a combination pier/hotel which features over-water cottages for rent. Its beautiful to walk out, and you can feel the pier rock beneath you during heavy surf.

Crystal Pier hotel with PB and Mission Bay in the background.
Pacific Beach has a long boardwalk along it which is great for walking, jogging or biking. Many beautiful houses line the waterfront, giving the whole area a festive, lively attitude. It can be nice to work up a sweat jogging along the beach and than jump into the cool surf to cool off. Just make sure to watch out for stingrays! They can be quite common and do sting if stepped on. Locals recommendatory doing the 'stringray shuffle,' which involves dragging one's feet on the underwater sand to alert the stingray and give it time to get out of your way!

Pacific Beach Boardwalk!


  1. Great information about PB! Loved the pictures. Will be sure to check out Crystal Pier and do the stingray shuffle!

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