Central Coast Communities
La Jolla, with a population of about 29,000, is a desirable beachfront community within the City of San Diego that has become one of California’s most popular resort towns. Visitors and residents live in La Jolla due to the fact that it boasts one of California’s most beautiful coastlines and the perfect mix of hillside to capitalize on its amazing views. It’s sun-soaked most of the year, clean and safe, and there are many unique neighborhoods in La Jolla with different levels of prestige and real estate prices.
University City is a community in the city of San Diego, California. This region is often called the Golden Triangle as it is bounded by three freeways; Interstate 5 to the west, Interstate 805 to the northeast, and State Route 52 to the south. The University Towne Center shopping mall is located near the center of University City, while the campus of the University of California, San Diego, from whom the town derives its name, is to the west. A lot of residents refer to the area simply as part of La Jolla, the broad community to the west of I-5, or as "East La Jolla
Clairemont is a suburban neighborhood in northern San Diego. It includes the separate neighborhoods of North Clairemont, Clairemont Mesa East and Clairemont Mesa West. It is bordered by State Route 52 in the north, Interstate 805 in the east, Interstate 5 in the west, and the neighborhood of Linda Vista on the south.
Pacific Beach, or "PB", as it is more commonly referred to, is the most popular beach destination in the City of San Diego, stretching along 3 miles of the Pacific Ocean from La Jolla to Mission Beach. Pacific Beach has miles of shoreline and beaches along the Pacific Ocean to the west and Mission Bay to the South. The boardwalk overlooking the Pacific Ocean runs from Palisades Park South at Beryl Street in Northern Pacific Beach, to Mission Beach, the neighborhood and beach directly to the south.
There is also a sidewalk along Mission Bay which runs around Crown Point through Sail Bay and Mission Beach. The boardwalk is typically crowded with pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and shoppers. The beach scene revolves around Crystal Pier, a large pier and hotel at the west end of Garnet Avenue.
Pacific Beach is one of the main centers of nightlife in San Diego. Garnet Avenue between Ingraham Street and Mission Blvd. is the main area where bars and restaurants are located. Pacific Beach tends to cater to a younger college- and post-college-oriented crowd, compared to downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District. Dress codes are generally less strict if they are enforced at all.
Mission Beach is a community on a stretch of sandbar along the Pacific Ocean to the west and Mission Bay to the east in San Diego. The main artery through Mission Beach is Mission Boulevard, which is divided into South Mission, a peninsula, and North Mission.
Mission Beach spans nearly two miles of ocean, with a boardwalk on both the ocean and bay side, between Mission Bay to the east and Pacific Beach to the north. The boardwalk has been expanded and separated by a yellow line for foot traffic on one side and wheels (roller blades, bicycles and skateboards) on the other. At the south end of the beach a jetty, with grass, parking and a walk, extends into the ocean.
The main street of business is Newport Avenue which has antique stores, restaurants, coffee houses, bars, bike and surf shops, and an international youth hostel. Ocean Beach has three schools - Ocean Beach Elementary (a public school), Sacred Heart Academy (a Catholic school), and Warren-Walker (a private school). The community also features multiple churches, a public library, a U.S. Post Office, an independent supermarket, a vegetarian food co-op, and multiple other amenities.
Local events include the Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cookoff in late June, a jazz festival at the foot of Newport in late September, the Ocean Beach Christmas Parade in early December, and the Ocean Beach Kite Festival on the first Saturday of March. Also, each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m, two blocks of Newport Avenue are open to only foot traffic and bicycles for a farmer's market.
The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, built in 1966, is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast, measuring 1,971 feet. The pier, which includes a restaurant and bait shop, is located at the south end of the beach and is available to the public for walking and fishing. A concrete walkway spans most of the length of the one-mile beach.
The northern end of OB's waterfront is known as Dog Beach, alongside the canal that empties the San Diego River. It has been set aside specifically for leash-free pets and their owners 24 hours a day.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, located in San Diego, is a state protected historical park in San Diego. The park preserves and recreates the old town of the city, from shortly after the Mexican War of Independence . California State Parks listed Old Town San Diego as the most visited state park in California.