The Best of Pacific Beach San Diego

It’s often been said that San Diego isn’t just one city, but a collection of neighborhoods. The metro encompasses more than 100 unique areas, each with its own special vibe and personality. And while there are countless reasons to visit all of them, we’re particularly partial to our own neighborhood of Pacific Beach. PB is one of the most vibrant, eclectic, and fun to visit areas in the region. So if you’re looking for some great places to go during your visit, here are our picks for the best things to see and do in Pacific Beach San Diego.

The Duck Dive (0.2 miles from the hotel)

Pacific Terrace has long enjoyed a close relationship with our good friends at The Duck Dive. Not only is their laid-back, surf-centric lounge a great place to kick back and enjoy a bite or a drink just steps from the water, but they’re located within a two-minute walk of our front door. In fact, we’re such big fans of their food, we partnered with them in order to create our own menu of delicious bites. Stop in, kick back, and enjoy some SoCal sun.

4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA. 92109

Plate of shrimp tacos on a wooden table with a wooden cocktail glass
Photo credit: @goodeatswithamanda

San Diego Surf School (0.4 miles away)

Ever had the desire to learn how to shoot the curl with the West Coast’s best wave riders? There’s no better place to get the hang of hanging ten than at the San Diego Surf School. Their dedicated instructors excel at teaching surf students from complete novices all the way up to intermediate and even experienced riders the tips, tricks and techniques the pros know. So even if you’ve never put on a wetsuit, they can get you surfing in no time. Don’t miss our Q&A!

4850 Cass St. San Diego, CA 92109

Photo credit: @sandiegosurfschool

Pangaea Outpost (0.5 miles away)

If you’re on the hunt for a distinctly SoCal shopping experience, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than at this multi-vendor bazaar-style destination. Small business owners, makers, artisans, and importers from all over the metro share this eclectic space, meaning you’ll find original arts and crafts, jewelry, toys, handmade clothes, and home décor all under one roof. Stop in, go on a treasure hunt, and support some local creators.  

909 Garnet Avenue, San Diego CA 92109

Photo credit: @pangaeaoutpost

Waterbar (0.6 miles away)

Overlooking the serenely scenic Pacific Beach itself, Waterbar serves up fantastic food, incomparable views, and one of the area’s best drink menus. Craft cocktails, local and regional small-batch microbrews, and a sommelier-curated wine list are always ready to offer you both old favorites and soon-to-be favorites. The kitchen kicks out fresh seafood dishes, all created from local and sustainable sources. You really can’t go wrong here.

4325 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Photo credit: @waterbarsd

mimi & red boutique (0.7 miles away)

There’s just no mistaking that signature Southern California style — it’s comfy, it’s beautiful, and it’s always in style. The fashion-forward goods at mimi & red embody this aesthetic, offering shoppers sleek, chic, and unique items in every apparel category. So if you’re in the market for a fun romper, breezy blouse, or the perfect accessory to complete your ensemble, drop by and pay them a visit. You’ll be glad you did.

5005 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109

Photo credit: @shopmimiandred

The Fishery (0.7 miles away)

The Fishery is one of the most unique seafood stops in the city. In addition to the renowned open-kitchen restaurant, The Fishery also maintains a well-stocked seafood market right on site — so you can take home the same just-caught items you’ll find on the menu. Speaking of the menu, Chef Mike Reidy allows it to evolve with the seasons, ensuring that every ingredient is in its prime peak of flavor and freshness.

5040 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109

Photo credit: @sdthefishery

Better Buzz (0.7 miles)     

Ready for a brewed awakening? This popular local coffee company has locations all over San Diego, but their PB location is right in our backyard. Better Buzz sources their beans from women-run or women-owned coffee estates and roasts the beans locally — so you’ll never suffer a mass-produced cup of grungy grounds here. When you go, try the fantastic Hazelnut Divinity, and be sure to pair it with one of their fresh-baked pastries. 

Photo credit: @betterbuzz

Plan Your Pacific Beach Visit

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