Destination guide

Explore Pacific Beach from vacation home rentals

Nicknamed P.B. by ocean-loving locals, Pacific Beach is a chill neighborhood in San Diego and home to its most popular stretch of sand. Known for a year-round spring-break vibe, Pacific Beach offers great surf, a festive boardwalk, and tons of bars and casual restaurants. Parks with breathtaking views, and bay beaches with calm waters make families and kids feel welcome, too. Nestled between La Jolla to the north and Mission Bay to the south, your Pacific Beach vacation rental will be within walking distance of the shore, as well as an easy drive from the area's celebrated amusement parks.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Pacific Beach vacation rentals

Visitors and year-round residents alike know how to enjoy the simple things: sand, sun, and sea views, but your Pacific Beach vacation rental will be close to some major attractions as well. SeaWorld San Diego is just a couple miles south in Mission Bay, and its animal habitats, rides, and shows are designed to fascinate marine enthusiasts of all ages. Sidle west of SeaWorld and you'll be in Belmont Park, right on the water. This vintage amusement park has arcade games, a zip line, and a throwback roller coaster built in 1925.

Activities

Things to do near Pacific Beach vacation homes

It would be a shame to show up in P.B. and shun the outdoors, so get out there. Pacific Beach itself is the most popular and has plenty of watering holes nearby. North Pacific Beach is a quieter stretch, backed by cliffs up to 75 high that prop up its scenic boardwalk. At its north end is Tourmaline Surfing Park, reserved for surfers, windsurfers, and kite boarders. Kate Sessions Park is further inland and the perfect place for a bike ride with a view, while Fanuel Park on the bay is ideal for picnicking and kayaking.

Weather

Local weather near your Pacific Beach summer rental

Visitors can enjoy the Pacific Beach beaches year-round. The best weather for sunbathing and ocean swimming will grace you from July to October, when highs are in the 70s or 80s and water temps are around 70°F. The winter and spring are a little less reliable, with lows in the 40s and 50s, and occasional rain, but the emphasis here is on occasional. Sunny days are the norm in P.B. If you'd like to snag a Pacific Beach vacation rental and stick to a tighter budget, book during winter and beat the crowds.

Natural features

See rabbits, rare birds, and watch out for a rattlesnake

Set on the Pacific Ocean, just north of Mission Bay and cut by the Rose Creek Watershed, Pacific Beach is surrounded by wetlands, marine plant life, and the creatures who love them. The Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve, on the south side of P.B., offers high marsh and mudflats, and is home to one of California's rarest birds, the light-footed clapper rail. Kate Sessions Park, further inland, has a wild side, too, and hikers can spot squirrels, rabbits, and rattlesnakes under a mix of native and exotic trees.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Pacific Beach

The nearest airport is in San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.), located 5.4 mi (8.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 5.6 mi (9 km) away.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Pacific Beach vacation homes

Pacific Beach has an endless array of family attractions. Vacation rentals put you within reach of places like Kate Sessions Park, a dog-friendly recreation area with sweeping views, sports fields, and a playground, and Crown Point Park, a bayside park that’s popular for boating and fishing. Kids will also like Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve, a wetland area with tidal channels, salt flats, and varied habitats for animals.

Good for couples

Romance and fun near Pacific Beach vacation homes

Pacific Beach is an idyllic destination that’s well-suited for couples. Vacation homes are available near places like Law Street Beach, a tranquil beach with cliffs, grassy areas, and gorgeous sunset views, and Balboa Park, a sprawling park with a zoo, multiple museums, and peaceful gardens. Couples will also like Cabrillo National Monument, a historic lighthouse and national monument with a storied history and views that extend to Mexico.

Where to stay around Pacific Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,059 vacation rentals near Pacific Beach. From 479 Houses to 410 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pacific Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Pacific Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pacific Beach:

  • Mission Beach: 1,370 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 776 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach: 441 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay: 1,649 vacation rentals
  • North Pacific Beach: 665 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Pacific Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Pacific Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pacific Beach Park: 5,723 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Pier: 5,721 vacation rentals
  • The Promenade at Pacific Beach: 5,697 vacation rentals
  • Tourmaline Surfing Park: 5,770 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Convention Center: 1,688 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pacific Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Pacific Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 479 Houses in Pacific Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pacific Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 410 rentals available
  • Cottages: 48 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 48 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Pacific Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 147 vacation rentals with pool available in Pacific Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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