Pacific Beach

Beaches

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North Pacific Beach is bordered by cliffs up to 75 feet in height. A sidewalk traverses the cliff-top along much of the south end of the beach. Parking in this area is very limited. At the north end of the beach is Tourmaline Surfing Park, which is heavily used by surfers and sailboarders year round. The park includes limited facilities and a public parking lot.

Pacific Beach has a narrow boardwalk that parallels the Pacific Ocean, where you can find roller bladers, skateboarders, bike riders, walkers and runners. Pacific Beach is a great place for bar hopping, horseshoes, sunbathing, and socializing.

North Pacific Beach and Pacific Beach are divided by Crystal Pier. Crystal Pier is a publicly accessible fishing pier. Both beaches have designated areas for swimming and surfing. Lifeguards are staffed year round. Both beaches are not recommended for scuba diving due to lack of undersea life, heavy water activity, and surf. Containers for beach fires are usually available during the summer months and are available on a first come, first served basis. Consumption of alcohol is permitted on the beach from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., but prohibited at all times on the boardwalk, on or against the seawall, in any park adjacent to the beach, or in the parking lots. Restrooms and showers are available.

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