Locals Know Best: Things to do in Pacific Beach

Fall is in the air, winter is around the corner, but its endless summer in San Diego. Curious how the best live in “America’s Finest City”? We asked the locals and Chris, Pacific Beach’s Vibes Manager, answered the call. From his first coffee to his last drink, he mapped out his most epic Socal Saturday.

Don’t Hesitate, Caffeinate

Your first move, without question, is to head over to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Music + delicious coffee + an all around good times vibe, you can’t miss. Enjoy the live music or take your coffee to go and walk down to the cliffs and watch the waves roll in. Either way, you’re killing it.

Sometimes the tourist traps are legit

Even though its on the map, head on down to Belmont Park (beachfront amusement park) to check out what Mission Beach has to offer. You’ll quickly spot the tourist traps, but if you look a little closer you’ll find the perfect combination of beers and people watching at The Wave House or some of the most competitive pick up beach volleyball/lounging Socal has to offer.

Sunsets on Sunsets on Sunsets

Once you’re relaxed, round out your namaste with a solid San Diego sunset. They’re a dime a dozen out here, but if you find a private spot along the coast, you can’t beat it. This particular shot is such a gem in fact, Chris wouldn’t divulge the specifics. Don’t worry though, exploring is half the fun.


Turquoise Cellars is coffee by day, delicious by night. Once the sun is down, get your craft beer or wine fix while sampling an intricate menu of charcuterie boards and entrees.

You’re Home

It’s called The Local for a reason. Close out your night at Pacific Beach’s best. Follow the reclaimed wood wave up the stairs to the deck and dance floor. Careful though, wait too long, and you may never make it past the downstairs bar.

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