Pacific Beach | Mission Beach

A popular boardwalk runs alongside the beach through both neighborhoods. Homes in both neighborhoods include Spanish-style properties.

Welcome to Pacific Beach | Mission Beach

Coastal neighborhoods with beaches and buzzing businesses
Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are adjacent coastal neighborhoods featuring a gorgeous stretch of sandy Pacific Ocean beachfront. A popular boardwalk runs alongside the beach through both neighborhoods. Pacific Beach is the livelier of the two neighborhoods, with lots of hotels, boutiques, restaurants, and happening nightlife spots. Mission Beach also has its fair share of beachy neighborhood bars. Mission Beach is located on a sandbar separating the ocean from Mission Bay, a sprawling 2,000-acre recreation area featuring attractions such as SeaWorld San Diego.
Homes in both neighborhoods include Spanish-style properties dating back to the 1920s. Mission Beach also has many 1930s and ‘40s cottages alongside newer two-story single-family homes. Pacific Beach features luxurious multi-million dollar oceanfront residences, as well as contemporary condos, townhouses, and single-family homes.

What to Love

  • Sandy beaches
  • Diverse homes
  • Bars, boutiques, and nightlife
  • Mission Bay Park and SeaWorld San Diego

People & Lifestyle

Pacific Beach has long been famous for its youthful energy and beachy party vibe. Recent years have seen this vibrant seaside neighborhood attract many families and older affluent residents. With its calmer atmosphere and peaceful residential streets close to the oceanfront, Mission Beach is a popular family destination. These eclectic neighborhoods offer lots of amenities and proximity to some of San Diego’s premier attractions.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Pacific Beach and Mission Beach Boardwalk runs for three miles between the Pacific Beach pier and South Mission Beach Jetty. There are plenty of great places to dine and drink along the Boardwalk and the streets adjacent to it. Near the northern stretch of the Boardwalk in Pacific Beach, Oscars Mexican Seafood opens from breakfast through dinner with a delicious menu of south of the border favorites. JRDN at Tower 23 Hotel is a sophisticated surf ‘n’ turf restaurant serving mouthwatering steaks, ocean-fresh seafood, and sides and veggies sourced sustainably from local farms. JRDN’s elegant meals are paired with an excellent cocktail program. Pacific Beach Shore Club is a popular beach bar with a menu of fish tacos and other tasty pub grub. 710 Beach Club hosts nightly events, including live bands and karaoke. Close to the boundary between Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, World Famous offers inventive takes on steaks and seafood dining, while the beer garden at Amplified Ale Works is a fine choice for enjoying local craft brews.
Around Belmont Park at the Mission Beach end of the Boardwalk, Sandbar Sports Grill is a relaxed hangout with ocean-view patios. Cannonball also boasts excellent ocean views alongside an upscale menu of sushi and small plates from around the Pacific Rim. More restaurants can be found along Mission Boulevard, which runs parallel to the Boardwalk through Mission Beach. Highlights here include signature espresso blends at Better Buzz Coffee Roasters, vegan sushi at NoW Sushi, and Caribbean cuisine and cocktails at Miss B’s Coconut Club. Garnett Avenue runs to the pier through the heart of Pacific Beach. This lively stretch is lined with an eclectic array of boutiques, bars, restaurants, and nightlife spots. Pangea Outpost is a global marketplace on Garnett Avenue featuring vendors selling a huge variety of clothing and gifts. Popular spots for drinks on Garnett Avenue include the multi-level Mavericks Beach Club and trendy craft cocktail lounge and dance club PB Avenue.

Things to Do

Residents of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach enjoy access to San Diego’s most popular stretch of sandy coastline. At the northern end of Pacific Beach is the rugged surfing hotspot of Tourmaline Surfing Park Beach. Crystal Pier’s popular fishing destination separates Tourmaline Beach and North Pacific Beach from the main area of Pacific Beach. This beach is known for its great city and ocean views and its lively party atmosphere. Pacific Beach continues unbroken into Mission Beach and quieter South Mission Beach, which has many beach volleyball courts. Belmont Park is a historic amusement park next to Mission Beach featuring the Giant Dipper roller coaster and many other rides and attractions. To the east of Mission Beach, Mission Bay Park spans 4,235 acres with 19 sandy beaches and 14 miles of bike paths along 27 miles of shoreline. Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park in the United States. It features numerous boat docks and channels and islands to explore. SeaWorld San Diego is a major attraction at Mission Bay Park, with rollercoasters and other thrill rides. SeaWorld features three aquariums. Marine creatures at SeaWorld include three dolphin species, sea lions, beluga whales, and a world-famous group of killer whales.


Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are served by the San Diego Unified School District.
  • Bernard Elementary, Public, K-5.
  • Pacific Beach Elementary, Public, K-5.
  • Sessions Elementary, Public, K-5.
  • Pacific Beach Middle, Public, 6-8.
  • Mission Bay High, Public, Magnet, 9-12.


Overview for Pacific Beach | Mission Beach, CA

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


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Around Pacific Beach | Mission Beach, CA

There's plenty to do around Pacific Beach | Mission Beach, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Santos' Market, Flight Aerial Fitness, and San Diego Ocean Adventures.

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Dining · $ 4.19 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.57 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.66 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.5 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.88 miles 47 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.8 miles 35 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Pacific Beach | Mission Beach, CA

Pacific Beach | Mission 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 | Mission 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 | Mission Beach home. The population density is 13,650.871 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Pacific Beach | Mission Beach, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Pacific Beach | Mission 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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St Paul's Lutheran School
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Barnard Elementary
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Crown Point Elementary
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Sessions Elementary
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Pacific Beach Elementary
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