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Pacific Beach is quite an interesting place. It is located within San Diego city limits, and sits right on the Pacific Ocean, about 10 miles north of downtown. It is bordered on the north by La Jolla, and on the south by Mission Beach. The area of Pacific Beach has around 40-50,000 year round residents, although because it's a touristy area, there are probably closer to 75-100,000 people there most times. On holidays, when the rest of San Diego and Southern California decides to head to the beach, there can be as many as 500,000 people there.
The area is known mostly for its nightlife and bar scene, and Garnet St is usually where most things happen. The street starts at the pier, and runs east right out of PB, as the locals call it. It consists mostly of bars, tattoo shops, little food joints, and clothing stores.
On most days, the beach is where things happen. The weather year round is usually nice enough to head to the beach, although in the winter you won't find too many people laying out, as it can get a bit chilly. Although there has been recent debate about it, alcohol is permitted on the beach, and most any day you will see at least a few people enjoying the privelige, throwing horseshoes or just hanging out.
There is also both swimming and surfing permitted. Just keep an eye out for the checkered flag on the beach, it tells you which side to swim on and which to surf on.
PB is interesting in that the cost of living can be quite steep, yet you will found all types of people there. There are a lot of bums, and many broke students living in small apartments, but you will also see gorgeous multi-million dollar homes right up the street. Although there are quite a few families living in the area, you will find that the majority of the people you see around are a bit younger.