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Pacific Beach & Beyond

Pacific Terrace Hotel is located in north Pacific Beach, a vibrant and colorful beach town, bordered on the north by La Jolla and by Mission Beach/Mission Bay to the south. Pacific Beach, often referred to as "PB" by the locals, maintains a cool, casual vibe while excitement and merriment bubble just under the surface. There is a buzz of electricity and fun.
This iconic Southern California beach community maintains a lively atmosphere attracting the young and active. A paved boardwalk, officially called Ocean Front Walk, parallels the beach from North PB's Tourmaline Surfing Park to the Mission Bay jetty to the south. This 3.2 mile path is home to kitschy shops, funky beach bars, lifeguard stations, and restaurants along the boardwalk. You can find locals, out-of-towners, bicyclists, rollerbladers, and shoppers enjoying the San Diego sunshine and cool ocean breezes.
Pacific Beach also has one of San Diego's more established nightlife scenes, with a great variety of bars, live music venues, ethnic eateries, local coffee houses and boutique and vintage clothing stores. With all of this in mind, we have put a list together of all of our favorite things to see and do that are right in our own backyard.

Best Beaches

  • North Pacific Beach

    Home to Pacific Terrace Hotel, stretching from Tourmaline to Crystal Pier. Families tend to prefer this quiet stretch of beach with its lifeguard supervised designated swimming areas. Perfect for sunbathing, swimming, boogie boarding, surfing and windsurfing.
  • Tourmaline Surfing Park

    About a half mile north of Pacific Beach Hotel; secluded and accessible only by a path winding down the hill from La Jolla Blvd to the surf. Tourmaline Beach is very popular for surfers and sailboarders year round. You can find a lot of old time surfers here, with great anecdotes about the past. The park features the "Tourmaline Memorial," a monument celebrating surfers who have enjoyed the surf here in the past and the present. This is one of the true surf hangouts in San Diego County. You can almost hear the Beach Boys music in the background.
  • South Pacific Beach

    Crystal Pier separates North Pacific Beach from South Pacific Beach. South of the pier, the cliffs quickly taper off and the beach is flush with the boardwalk. This stretch of beach is a bit livelier, with shops and restaurants, then residential.
  • Mission Beach

    Pacific Beach merges into Mission Beach without any fanfare. The boardwalk, neighborhood, and beaches look similar. Mission Bay is now just two blocks east. Further south along the beach, at Ventura Place, is a return to shops, restaurants, with the addition of Belmont Park and The WaveHouse.
  • South Mission Beach

    The boardwalk in this area is lined with small funky homes, and beach rentals. The sand gradually becomes wider and finishes off at several beach volleyball courts, a grassy park, a jetty and the Mission Bay inlet.

Fun places to explore

  • Bird Rock

    is a seaside neighborhood just north of Pacific Beach, within and at the southernmost end of the upscale village of La Jolla. It is mostly a quiet residential neighborhood, with attractive, quaint shops and restaurants along the main street, La Jolla Boulevard. The shore is rocky and has no beach, but offshore reefs are used for surfing. The neighborhood is named for an offshore rock that was described as having the shape of a bird and is often photographed with brown pelicans or other birds perching on it. The 26th season of MTV's The Real World was filmed in Bird Rock in 2011.
  • Belmont Park

    Located on the surf and sand of Mission Beach, Belmont Park is San Diego's only beachfront carnival! No matter your age, this amusement center has something everyone in the family can enjoy, from the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, to the merry-go-round, to the famous simulated wave machines. Take a stroll through the park and grab a giant ice cream cone then check out all the action on the FlowBarrel. Sit down for a delicious bite to eat or one of 69 beers on tap at Draft South Mission beach after a fun-filled day of mini golf, rock climbing and rides. We like to call it our ‘mini Coney Island'!
  • The WaveHouse

    Wave House is the place to experience the California beach lifestyle with a tropical environment of sand, surf and breezy palms. It's famous for the simulated surf where you can experience the only artificial barreling wave in the U.S. You are sure to find non-stop action at WaveHouse from sports to live music, great food and drinks, and a top-notch athletic club.
  • Mission Bay Park

    Mission Bay Park is a 4,600-acre wonderland, the largest park of its kind in the world. Cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches make San Diego's Mission Bay the ideal place for all types of recreation. Mission Bay Park has a seemingly endless amount of grassy picnic space, basketball courts, volleyball courts, children's playgrounds, barbecue grills, fire rings, and bike paths. It is the largest man-made aquatic recreational park in the country and there is something here for everybody to do.

Must Shop

  • Pangaea Outpost

    A Pacific Beach treasure. Containing over 70 shops in one, this place really does have something for everyone! From clothes and novelties to beautiful jewelry and art, you can browse for hours at a time.
  • The Fabulous Rag

    Voted best women's boutique by the San Diego A-List, the Fab Rag carries one-of-a-kind dresses as well as the latest trends in jewelry, handbags and shoes!
  • The Closet

    Ask the locals where to find the perfect outfit for date night, and you'll probably hear about The Closet. Affordable and trendy.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Pacific Beach offers some of the best dining options in San Diego, offering everything from fish tacos to filet mignon! Check out our restaurants page for our favorites! PB has a diverse nightlife and live music scene. Our knowledgeable concierge would be happy to offer recommendations.

Local, Artisan Coffee

  • Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

    Bird Rock Roasters' ocean side coffee shop is a popular spot for locals and visitors and the recipient of many national awards including 2013's top 30 coffee shops by Coffee Review. All coffee drinks are crafted using free-trade beans that are roasted on-site. BRCR has been featured in New York Times, ZAGAT, USA Today, San Diego Magazine, Union Tribune, Eater, Roast Magazine, Barista Magazine. Insider tip: every Friday morning at 10:30 am, Chuck Patton hosts a free "cupping" in the glass-walled demonstration room of his Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in La Jolla, where coffee-lovers line up to unlock the mystery behind a great cup of coffee.
  • The Better Buzz

    Life is Better, Buzzed. With a motto like that, you've gotta give it a shot. This popular local coffee company has two locations in our backyard - one in Pacific Beach and one in Mission Beach (The Lab). The Lab features two coffee bars- the main bar dispenses delicious coffee drinks, including salted caramel lattes and their Killer Bee (coffee topped with a double or triple espresso) while the other bar is dedicated to the art and science of coffee, educating about coffee cupping and espresso extraction and demonstrating latte art techniques. Better Buzz sources their beans from women-run or women-owned coffee estates and roasts the beans locally.
  • 99 Cups of Coffee

    This family-run coffee shop is well known for great organic coffee, warm atmosphere, and delicious eats.

The Locals Love

  • Breakfast at Kono's Cafe

    Located within easy walking distance, at the base of the historic Crystal Pier, Kono's is a guest favorite, with a line out the door most days! Pick up an espresso at their coffee kiosk, and sit at one of their picnic tables, enjoying front row seating to the surfers, seagulls, and waves.
  • Fishing on Historic Crystal Pier

    If you forgot to pack your own tackle, bait and fishing license, don't worry - be happy, you can pick up all 3 at the Crystal Pier fishing hut! Stand at the far end of the pier, and if you're lucky, you might feel the pier swaying ever so gently with the waves.
  • Watching the sun set into the Pacific Ocean

    Seems like a no-brainer, but Pacific Beach sunsets are like no other. Grab a seat on your private patio or balcony, or stretch out on one of our poolside lounge chairs and wait for the brilliant spectacle.
  • Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market

    EVERY TUESDAY, 2 pm - 7 pm on Bayard Street at Garnet
     Meet local farmers, artists and craftspeople, all while enjoying live music and a bite to eat. This popular street market features an incredible selection of locally grow fruits, vegetables and farm-fresh eggs; fresh baked bread and pastries, fish, meat, cheese, flowers, spices, olives and sauces.
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