Pacific Beach is a coastal neighborhood in San Diego, joined by La Jolla to the north, Mission Beach/Mission Bay to the south, Interstate 5 to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Pacific Beach is largely popular with the young people, and college students, surfers. The population is becoming older, more professional, and more expensive due to growing property and rental costs. “P.B.,” as it is known as by locals, is home to one of San Diego’s larger nightlife scenes, with dozens of bars, restaurants, specialty
shops, and clothing stores.
The street names in Pacific Beach were changed many times before having their actual designations in 1900. The main north south street running parallel to the beach is Mission Blvd., with the streets named after late 19th century federal officials, then incrementing in alphabetical order as they move further from the coast: Bayard, Cass, Dawes, Everts, Fanuel, Gresham, Haines, Ingraham, Jewell, Kendall, Lamont, Morrell, Noyes, Olney, and Pendleton. Mission Boulevard used to be named Allison Street, being the “A” street of the series.
The east west streets are mainly called after precious gems. Starting at the north end of Mission Blvd and heading south.
Pacific Beach is one of the main centers of nightlife in San Diego. Garnet Ave between Ingraham St and Mission Blvd is where many bars and restaurants are located. The nightlife in Pacific Beach caters towards a younger crowd than the nightlife in downtown San Diego.
A golden beach in Pacific Beach stretches for miles from the Mission Bay jetty to the cliffs of La Jolla. A sidewalk, the boardwalk, running along the beach, is typically crowded with pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers and shoppers. The beach scene revolves around Crystal Pier, which is at the west end of Garnet Avenue.
Pacific Beach was built during the growing years of 1886 to 1888 by R. A. Thomas, D. C. Reed, Charles W. Pauley, A. G. Gassen,, and O. S. Hubbell. It was Hubbell who “cleared away the grainfields, pitched a tent, mapped out the lots, hired an auctioneer and started to work”. To appeal to people, they built a Race Track and a San Diego College of Letters, neither of which are open today. A railway also connected Pacific Beach with downtown San Diego and was later stretched to La Jolla.