Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Places to Run in San Diego: Pacific Beach


I just love running by the beach! With just a 20-30 minute drive (depending on traffic of course), I am able to enjoy beautiful views of the beach and listen to the sounds of waves while I run. Moving to San Diego has been such a blessing.  I feel extremely fortunate to live in this amazing city. Living so close to the beach has definitely inspired me to get out and run more. 


So if you find yourself in San Diego or already live in this city, get out and enjoy the beach views of Pacific Beach. This beach happens to be a favorite among college students and tourists. With three miles of boardwalk and a lively atmosphere, P.B. (as the locals call it) is a great place to find fun in the sun, burn a few calories, and enjoy a nice meal after running. Pacific Beach offers a variety of things to do beyond the miles of sandy beaches. 


Getting there is pretty easy. From the 5 freeway take Garnet Avenue west all the way to Mission Blvd. Unfortunately, parking there can be an issue. You can park at the lot at Tourmaline Street, side streets, and paid lots scattered throughout. If you plan on making a day trip after your run then parking in the paid lots may be your best option. 


The boardwalk can get a bit crowded during certain times of the year especially the summer. You'll find runners, walkers, roller bladders, and bike riders sharing the boardwalk. I tend to run in the mornings so it isn't as crowded during those times. Throughout the boardwalk you'll find drinking fountains and bathrooms (that are relatively clean) which is a definite plus.  Running the pier is also a great place to run.


Even when I am having a bad day, I can always enjoy my runs here. I can have the slowest times, but the views alway make up for it. There is something about seeing those waves crash down that completely relax me. The best part is I can alway cool down with a little dip in the water. Lately the water has been perfect! 



Not only is this beach easy to get to, but there are so many other activities that can be done. If running is not your thing, there are great restaurants to eat at, surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Of if you are in the mood for a good cocktail then PB is a great place to visit. The beach does have a young college life but I still love it. And I am hoping if you ever visit, you will too!


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9 comments:

  1. What a cool looking pier! What I wouldn't give to run there!!! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up:)

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    1. It is a really cool pier but it isn't the longest one here in San Diego!

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  2. I've never been to San Diego, but it looks amazing! I'd love to run along the beach! Thanks for linking up :)

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    1. Nicole, San Diego is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the link-up.

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  3. I've never been to San Diego. Looks beautiful!! My dream is to live by the beach - it has such a calming effect!

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    1. That is a great dream! I am only a 20 minute drive so I'll take that for now. :)

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  4. Your photos make me miss San Diego!

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  5. What a treat, to be that close to the beach! I'd run on the beach or near it all the time. Well, my usual 2 miles :P

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