Visitors Information in Pacific Beach
North of Mission Beach is the college-packed party town of Pacific Beach, or "PB" as locals call it. The laid-back vibe of this surfer's mecca draws in free-spirited locals who roam the streets on skateboards and beach cruisers, in the local uniform of board shorts, bikinis, baseball caps, and beanies. Lining the main strip of Grand and Garnet avenues are tattoo parlors, smoke shops, vintage stores, and coffee houses. The energy level peaks during happy hour, when PB's cluster of nightclubs, bars, and 150 restaurants open their doors to those ready to party.
Down by the Boardwalk, down by the sea, in the coastal communities of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, you'll find the stereotypical California Dream alive and well. What started in the early 1900's as a seasonal summer vacation resort, has grown into one of San Diego's hippest year-round residential neighborhoods and party hotspots. The same carnival atmosphere that arose from the old Belmont Park amusement center has spawned the three-ring circus of Mission Blvd. and the Mission Beach Boardwalk. Here you'll find everything from taco stands to tattoo parlors, roller coasters to roller skates, sailboats to sushi bars.