Things to Do in Pacific Beach

Things to Do in Pacific Beach

Located less than 15 minutes from San Diego, Pacific Beach is a laid-back community that encourages you to relax along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Go for a leisurely stroll along the oceanfront boardwalk, shop at trendy Garnet Avenue boutiques, learn to catch a wave at Tourmaline Surf Park, reel in a fish on Crystal Pier or dance the night away at a nightclub. Check out local experiences and all there is to do in Pacific Beach close to your Bluewater vacation rental.


The main commercial district in Pacific Beach is called the Garnet Strip. You’ll find beach boutiques, surf shops, restaurants, dessert spots, lively nightspots, sports bars, regular bars, groceries and more!

Local tip: In the daytime, you can find something for everyone, but at night and on the weekends, the bars are where it’s at for young adults.


This surfing-only beach in North Pacific Beach is ideal for beginners, longboarders, windsurfers and kite surfers. Watch the surfers or try your luck catching a wave. Waves tend to be slower here with the perfect conditions to learn to stand or try a new trick.


Walk out to the end of the pier and see coastal San Diego from a whole new perspective. You’ll be right next to the surfers as they shred the surf. Crystal Pier features the historic cottages of the Crystal Pier Hotel built in the 1930 and this wooden pier is famous as a top fishing spot. Hook barred surfperch, corbina, halibut and shovelnose guitarfish, as well as lobster.

Local tip: Don’t forget bait and a fishing license. Crystal Pier Bait and Tackle will hook you up with everything you need: 858-336-9046


The Pacific Beach Boardwalk is a concrete walkway that spans about 3.5 miles from North Pacific Beach to South Mission Beach. Go for a walk along the scenic waterfront path, grab a bite to eat, purchase a souvenir and take in the sights. Enjoy rollerblading, biking, skateboarding and running. You can rent bikes and skates at shops nearby.

Local tip: Line up at Kono’s near the pier for a tasty and decent priced breakfast and grab a table next to Crystal Pier to watch the surfers.



Beach and Bay Bonfires will deliver, set up and light the fire for a memorable beach fire to gather around. They can accommodate any size group from 2-100 people. Add to the fun with extra add-ons, like LED beach games, tables, coolers and more! Servicing Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla Shores. 858-209-3473

Be sure to ask for the Bluewater Guest Discount!


Pacific Beach is a playground for surfers, swimmers and people who just love the beach. Visitors of all ages can enjoy bodyboarding, longboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, boating, sunbathing, picnicking and much more. In addition, there are a multitude of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops within walking distance. Rent beach and water sports gear during your vacation with Bluewater.

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