Pacific Beach

Best places to stay

Pacific Beach is one of the most relaxed, care free neighborhoods of San Diego. There’s great nightlife in addition to amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Our hotel recommendations bring each of these elements to life for a trip full of fun!

Blue Sea Beach Hotel

Blue Sea Beach Hotel is a great budget friendly option to stay right on the beach in San Diego.

Tower23 Hotel

Tower23 is a relatively new hotel with an upbeat California Modern vibe. Right on the beach with views of the pier this hotel is great to be right in the middle of all the action in Pacific Beach.

Pacific Terrace Hotel

An intimate boutique hotel, Pacific Terrace is perfect for a couple getaway. With rustic Spanish style architecture and rooms the romantic setting is evident.

The Catamaran Hotel & Spa

On the South End of Pacific Beach you can find one of the best resorts in San Diego, The Catamaran Hotel and Spa. Situated close to both Pacific Beach and Mission Beach this is a great central location to stay.

Best restaurants

With the ‘chill vibes’ dominating Pacific Beach our Best Restaurant recommendations accompany that feel. These restaurants are sure to fill your belly with a smile and not break the bank.

Sushi Ota

Sushi Ota has a great atmosphere and even better sushi. Known for their sashimi and uni those are must tries from the menu.

JRDN at Tower23

As one of San Diego’s most scenic restaurants JRDN is a great place to grab a more upscale dinner, especially if you happen to stay at the Tower23 Hotel where this restaurant is located.


Rated San Diego’s Best Pizza in 2020, Ambrogio15 has multiple locations throughout the greater San Diego area. They accomplish the best traditional Italian food and pizza.

Woody’s Breakfast & Burgers

Right on Ocean Blvd is one of the best beachfront breakfasts around. The retro exterior exemplifies the unique Pacific Beach vibe.


With ‘beach’ in the name of Pacific Beach it’s no wonder the main activities revolve around it, although there are other fantastic activities. Crystal Pier is a great place to watch the sunset with a delicious ice cream sandwich.

Walk down Crystal Pier

Crystal Pier is a great place to catch one of San Diego’s incredible sunsets. Many people fish off the pier as well and it’s always fun to watch someone reel in a prize winning fish.

Surfing at Tourmaline Beach

Surfing is a common activity all throughout San Diego and Tourmaline Beach is a great place for beginners to learn. There are many surf schools to grab a lesson during your trip.

Thrifting on Garnet Street

Garnet Street is Pacific Beach’s main street full of small shops and there are some great antique and vintage stores to check out.

Get a sweet treat from Baked Bear

If you’ve never had an ice cream sandwich from baked bear it’s time to change that. This ice cream and cookie shops is full of delectable combinations and great for a hot summer day on the beach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is parking hard to find in Pacific beach?

Most parking in Pacific Beach is paid meter parking along the main streets Grand & Garnet. There are also some paid parking lots, but all these spaces fill up quickly, especially on weekends and holidays.

Does pacific beach have a boardwalk?

Pacific Beach has a small pier and boardwalk, that includes some restaurants and shops. San Diego’s most well known boardwalk is 5 miles south in Ocean Beach

are there a lot of bars in pacific beach?

Pacific Beach has a teaming nightlife scene. There are many restaurant bars and dance clubs to go to on a weekend night.