Located on the southern California coast just minutes from downtown San Diego, Pacific Beach offers a perfect getaway with plenty of sun and sand. Many students gather here for spring break vacations and long weekends with friends, but the beach is equally appealing to retirees and families with young children. This unique and diverse community of all ages can be seen strolling along the boardwalk to explore the shops, basking on the sand, and enjoying world-class Mexican-inspired cuisine.
The best way to enjoy your Pacific Beach escape is by staying in your own private vacation rental or oceanside apartment. With the beach just a few steps away, you can wake up in the morning, watch the waves roll in from your own personal balcony or terrace, and then head out for breakfast and a day of vacation fun.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your trip:
-Take a surfing lesson: Pacific Beach is a year round magnet for serious surfers. The waves are perfect, and there are plenty of surf schools along the coast with patient instructors who can help you get started.
-Go snorkeling or diving: The reefs off the coast of southern California and Baja California are teeming with colorful fish and active marine life.
-Go hang-gliding: This is a popular activity in Pacific Beach. After a few lessons, you'll be soaring along the coast in tandem or on your own. You may also want to try kite surfing or parasailing.
-Hear some live music: The nightspots in Pacific Beach are energetic, fun, welcoming, and offer great venues for a thriving local music scene.
-Stroll the boardwalk: Wander the Pacific Beach boardwalk during the day to sample delicious ice cream, go shopping, explore local art galleries, or people watch.
-Go on a sailing adventure: Charter a boat to go whale watching or experience a gourmet sunset dinner cruise.
Your vacation house or beachside condo can be the perfect starting point for a few days or weeks of sun and relaxation in Pacific Beach. This area is lively during all four seasons of the year, and luxury rentals are easy to find and can offer all of the amenities you need to host your friends and family. While you're in Pacific Beach, don't miss the chance to explore the city of San Diego or head north to visit Los Angeles.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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