Pacific Beach

Lively and walkable beach community bustling with activity.

Welcome to Pacific Beach

This vibrant beach community combines a rich history and a luxurious lifestyle. Sprawling white sandy beaches curl along the outskirts of this picturesque community. World-class dining, shopping, and beaches are just moments from the multi-million dollar homes in North Pacific Beach, while Crown Point offers a peaceful, quiet atmosphere with direct bay access. From its stunning architecture to its laid-back atmosphere, Pacific Beach is the perfect place to work, live and play. 
The area was first developed in the late 19th century and was initially named "Mesa Beach" due to its topography. In 1888, a railroad was built through the town, and its name changed to Pacific Beach. Pacific Beach quickly became popular, and many of its earliest visitors were easterners looking for a relaxing vacation.
The city’s unique architecture includes a mix of Victorian, Craftsman, and Spanish-style homes, both beautiful and functional. The neighborhood also offers a variety of luxury amenities, such as upscale restaurants, boutique shops, and an abundance of outdoor activities. With its perfect climate and stunning views, Pacific Beach is ideal for those seeking a relaxed, luxurious lifestyle.

What to Love 

  • Unbeatable walkability 
  • Quaint, quiet streets mixed with proximity to all the action 
  • Incredible fine dining and boutique shopping 

Local Lifestyle

People in Pacific Beach appreciate a healthy, active lifestyle. The area is home to many gyms, yoga suites, delicious, health-conscious restaurants, and the highly-popular lifestyle gym, Fit. Located in Mission Beach, Fit provides residents with community-centered amenities and recreation. 
Residents enjoy being so close to the ocean and participate in activities like surfing, paddle boarding, and swimming. When they aren’t on the beach, they enjoy Pacific Beach’s delightful retail options, from trendy boutiques to art galleries and beyond. 
Locals take pride in their neighborhood and are active community members. Pacific Beach boasts a friendly vibe, and residents enjoy walking their dogs in nearby public parks and boardwalks, running along the beach, or attending community events, such as music festivals and outdoor movie nights on the beach.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Those looking for an eclectic eatery will love JRDN Restaurant. Located in the lavish Tower23 Hotel, JRDN serves classic American fare with a fresh contemporary twist. Enoteca Adriano is the perfect place for foodies who enjoy delicious Italian cuisine. Located in Little Italy, this neighborhood favorite offers a wonderful selection of authentic pasta and pizzas and an extensive wine list.
Nestled in the heart of San Diego's bustling downtown district lies Waterbar, a casual yet sophisticated seafood eatery with sweeping waterfront views. This stylish dining destination serves a variety of seafood dishes inspired by the flavors of the Pacific Northwest in an inviting and vibrant atmosphere.
A staple in the Pacific Beach community is Oscars Mexican Seafood. In addition to its plentiful seafood dishes, Oscars Mexican Seafood also serves classic Mexican fare such as tacos al pastor, carne asada, and elote con crema. The restaurant keeps things interesting with select daily specials like tostada de camaron or chile relleno. It is also known for its generous portions and its excellent service staff.

Things to Do

Kate Sessions Park is a 12.5-acre community park offering a variety of amenities for visitors. The recreational facilities include a playground, two tennis courts, two softball fields, a basketball court, and a sand volleyball court. 
For a sample of local delicacies, the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market is a great community activity. From savory tacos to freshly made empanadas to an array of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, this beloved neighborhood staple has something for everyone to enjoy. 
A highly anticipated annual event is the Pacific Beach Fest. This autumnal celebration is a music-packed neighborhood event featuring local vendors, craft brews, and games for the whole family. If you’re feeling inspired by the music at beach fest, try your hand at karaoke at The Local
Belmont Park is an iconic amusement park on the beachfront of Mission Beach. With rollercoasters, carnival games, and classic rides like bumper cars and tilt-a-whirl, Belmont is sure to entertain.


Pacific Beach has several top-tier educational opportunities. Some of these include:

Overview for Pacific Beach, CA

41,388 people live in Pacific Beach, where the median age is 35 and the average individual income is $62,746. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

35 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Pacific Beach, CA

Pacific Beach has 19,793 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Pacific Beach do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 41,388 people call Pacific Beach home. The population density is 13,650.871 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

53.14 / 46.86%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
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Commute Time

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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Pacific Beach, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Pacific Beach. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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9th - 12th
6th - 8th
St Paul's Lutheran School
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Barnard Elementary
K - 6th
Crown Point Elementary
K - 5th
Sessions Elementary
K - 5th
Pacific Beach Elementary
K - 5th

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