Pacific Beach – Community Info

Pacific Beach, “PB” as it is known by local residents, is a neighborhood of San Diego. This small town rests on the Pacific Ocean with miles of beautiful Southern California coastline. It’s located just south of La Jolla, north of Mission Beach, and west of Hwy I-5.

Pacific Beach is known for being inhabited by surfers and college students, but the population is becoming also a mixture of business professionals and the affluent also as property and rental coasts in coastal towns have risen over the recent years. Pacific Beach is both a popular day and night life location. PB’s busiest streets, Garnet & Mission Blvd., are lined with cafes, bars & eateries. There is a boardwalk parallels to the ocean usually filled with shoppers, pedestrians, cyclists, and rollerbladers. There is a large pier, Crystal Pier also located on the boardwalk. Also a rollercoaster and funzone for kids. There is also a boardwalk also the Bayside a few blocks away. This boardwalk runs along Mission Bay.

The main (north to south) street running along the beach is Mission Blvd. The other (north to south) streets are named after late 19th century federal officials, in alphabetical order, Bayard, Cass, Dawes, Everts, Fanuel, Gresham, Haines, Ingraham, Jewell, Kendall, Lamont, Morrell, Noyes, Olney, Pendelton (Mission Blvd. was formerly Allison Street, being the “A” street of the series). The (east to west) streets are named after precious stones,Agate, Beryl, Chalcedony, Diamond, Emerald, Felspar, Garnet (pronounced “Garnette” by the locals), Hornblend, Sapphire, Tourmaline, Opal and Turquoise.

Pacific Beach was developed during the boom years of 1886-1888 by R.A. Thomas, A.G. Gassen, D.C. Reed, Charles W. Pauley, and O.S. Hubbell. It was Hubbell who “was leared away the grainfields, pitched a tent, mapped out the lots, hired an auctioneer and started to work.” To attract people, they built the Race Track and San Diego College of Letters, neither of which survive today. A railway also connected PB to downtown San Diego, and was later extended to La Jolla.

Today, property development continues along the boardwalk as the older small houses as being torn down in development of newer larger moderen structures. A mixture of new and old currently coexist in this eclectic beach town.