A golden beach in Pacific Beach stretches for miles from the Mission Bay jetty to the cliffs of La Jolla. A sidewalk, the boardwalk, running along the beach, is typically crowded with pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and shoppers. The beach scene revolves around Crystal Pier, which is at the west end of Garnet Avenue.
Pacific Beach is constructed along a grid system, split into alphabetical streets of gems and minerals, which makes it fairly easy to navigate. On the lower end of Pacific Beach you will find a community of college-goers, singles, and many fun bars and restaurants. Garnet Avenue welcomes many local beach-goers attracted by vintage clothing shops, bars, and piercing/tattoo parlors. Night life is HOT. Restaurants and bars go off until 1-2am, and not just in the summer.
Don't be misled, however, for not all of Pacific Beach is a constant beach party. For those in the working classes, just north of Garnet are residential neighborhoods mixed with rentals and single family cottages. As you near the border with La Jolla, Pacific Beach rises into the hills causing real estate value to rise as well. Pacific Beach homes here are newer and more spacious, and the streets are quieter and very family friendly. City schools toward the north end of Pacific Beach hold noticeably higher state rankings than elsewhere in the county as well.
Demographic data by Zip Code: 92109