If you take Mission Beach, throw in a pier, 10 times more bars and a main drag of retail and restaurants, you have Pacific Beach. Travel north on Mission Boulevard from Mission Beach and you quickly find yourself in PB. In fact, the boardwalk runs from the jetty in South Mission beach all the way up into and through PB, which makes it an awesome people watching trek. The sandy beach is an extension of Mission Beach, and it culminates at the iconic Crystal Pier. Pacific Beach is a residential community—if you're a young adult and you move to San Diego from out of town and want to live at the beach, chances are you end up in PB. With lots of nightlife and places to eat and shop, PB is a self-contained community.

Don't miss: the Crystal Pier Hotel and its cabins over the water, an amble down Garnet Avenue.


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