Pacific Beach, or "PB", as it is more commonly referred to, is the most popular beach destination in the City of San Diego, stretching along 3 miles of the Pacific Ocean from La Jolla to Mission Beach.
A neighborhood within the city of San Diego in Southern California, Pacific Beach sits about 10 miles northwest of downtown San Diego bordered by La Jolla to the north, Mission Beach and Mission Bay to the south, Interstate 5 to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The community is popular with college students, surfers and other young people and has a vibrant, lively night scene with several bars, restaurants and shops. Along the beach is Crystal Pier, which is open to the public and houses a hotel.
Pacific Beach was first developed near the end of the 19th century when many parts of Southern California were being heavily developed as more people began to move West. The population of the community reached 30,000 by the 1950s. In the 1960s, several new development projects were undertaken, including the construction of the Islandia, Vacation Village and Hilton hotels. This was also around the same time San Diego's famed Sea World opened just a few miles from Pacific Beach.
Pacific Beach has plenty of beach and waterfront area, and it borders Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made water park in the country at more than 4,000 acres and the site of San Diego Sea World, with 27 miles of shoreline. The community also has its own Kate Sessions Park and the Pacific Beach Recreation Center. It's also within just minutes of Pacific Plaza Shopping Center, Pacific Beach Community Park, Mission Bay Public Golf Course and the Promenade at Pacific Beach Shopping Center.
Students living in Pacific Beach are served by schools in the San Diego Unified School District, including several elementary schools, Pacific Beach Middle School and Mission Bay Senior High School. There are several higher education institutions in or near Pacific Beach, which is partly why it is so heavily populated with young people and college students. Schools include the University of California, San Diego, the University of San Diego, San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University.
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