One day I decided to head down to the coast to do some more research on my website. So, I had my itinerary all ready, with over 12 beaches to go check out, starting with North Pacific Beach.
I was fortunate that it was such a lovely day. It was so warm that I didn’t even need a jacket. Where else can you experience mid 70’s in the winter but Southern California!
My “Beaches of San Diego County” was a big help. Here, I have linked all the addresses of each beach to Google Maps.
North Pacific Beach/ Law Street Beach- Ocean Blvd and Law St
Crystal Pier- 4500 Ocean Blvd
Tourmaline Surfing Park- Tourmaline St & La Jolla Blvd
Linda Way Beach Access- 341 Sea Ridge Dr
# Of particular note, click on a photo to see an enlarged version.
On our adventure today, we will be looking over North Pacific Beach, Tourmaline Surfing Park and finally will be ending at the Linda Way Beach Access point.
It is important to realize that all the locations mentioned above are connected when the tide is low and makes for a lovely walk.
First off, Pacific Beach is considered a hustling beach town, with many college students and young professionals living and playing here.
Surfing and partying are all the rage here, but there are a few quieter spots in North Pacific Beach, and I am here to share with you a few prime locations.
Pacific Beach and Bars
It may be a cliche, but the two most popular activities here are beaches and bars. There are many bars and restaurants on the boardwalk, close to the pier, not to mention throughout most of Pacific Beach.
If you take a look at the map above you will see that North Pacific Beach or Law St Beach starts about half a mile north of Crystal Pier.
The large patch of green is Palisades Park, which overlooks Law St Beach.
Looking carefully, you can see that the locations that I have mentioned above tuck under what is called False Point, but more on that later.
It is important to mention before starting that there are several stairways and ramps to use when entering this beach.
Entrances are on Loving St, Crystal Dr, Law St (where we are), Chalcedony St, Diamond St, and Felspar St.
There is no parking lot, so you must park in the residential area.
Restrooms are available here at the Law Street entrance as well as at the Diamond Street entrance.
Here we start to make our way down to the beach which is surrounded by 75-foot cliffs. How fortunate to have this access.
Up at the top, there is a walking path that is a continuation of the boardwalk which starts just past the Crystal Pier.
Here we have a local surf school set up at the entrance of the beach.
Before heading up top to check out Palisades Park, let’s have a quick look at Crystal Pier.
Crystal Pier- Pacific Beach
The construction of the Crystal Pier began in the early 1920s. Eventually, it was named the Pickering Pleasure Pier and soon became a popular vacation destination.
The Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages at the beginning of the pier, built in 1930 provides the ‘one and only’ experience of sleeping over the ocean water. Click here for more information on these incredible rentals! Some of them even have balconies!
Here at the end of Crystal Pier, fishing is the thing to do.
An interesting fact is that in 1927 this was the site of the Crystal Ballroom. Back then there was a “Midway” with carnival-like attractions and games leading to up to the end of the pier to the ballroom.
Unfortunately, it turns out that the ballroom and the midway only lasted for three months.
What a great hideaway that I found! There is a narrow stretch of green grass with benches with the most incredible view! At this park, you can experience everything about the beach without the sand.
And do not forget that there is a walking path as well as several dirt trails that will take you down to the beach.
The Pacific Ocean +Yoga= Pure Bliss
I also found an exciting activity that takes place here every Saturday and Sunday at 9 am.
There is a yoga instructor, Namasteve that happens to live across the street from this park. He sets up in his front yard and provides a donation based Vinyasa Yoga class overlooking the Pacific Ocean! I would love to try this someday, as I could only imagine that it would be spectacular.
If interested, please make sure to get there early because over 100 people show up!
Looking north, you can see the Tourmaline Surfing Park, as well as False Point, sticking out.
Tourmaline Surfing Park
Tourmaline Surfing park is right at the border of San Diego and La Jolla. Surfing at this beach has been extremely popular here since the early 1930s.
Nestle between towering cliffs, the surfers, would call this place ‘The Canyon” because of the unique access to the beach due to it being a canyon.
Back in the day, access to the beach was very limited due to all the residential housing in this area.
While researching this site, I found some interesting facts that happened here at the Tourmaline Canyon in the 1960s, so if you would like to know more, please visit here.
Here we have a vast parking lot. Do you notice the descending roadway making its way to the parking lot?
Looking at the memorial at the restroom, I discovered that the motto of this park is: “Surf well, spread Aloha, share waves without judgment.”
Family Friendly Surfing at Tourmaline
Tourmaline Surfing Park is a beautiful family beach and a great place to learn how to surf.
There are two surf breaks here, one close to shore which is ideal for beginners as well as a break farther out for the more advanced wave rider and both great for longboards!
During the winter time and with a north swell, False Point helps to form some incredible waves which will travel all the way to Tourmaline.
There are several surfers out in the water riding the more advanced waves found near False Point.
False Point-Linda Way Beach Access
I was so excited to find this access way to the beach! The view here is out of this world!
There is no parking lot and no real beach to think of, just a bunch of rocks. But, when the tide is low, this is an excellent spot to come to, to check out the tidepools.
Here we have the perfect example to showcase that Southern California is a semi-arid desert. Where else can you see cacti next to the ocean?
Linda Way/False Point Tidepools
Looking toward Tourmaline Surfing Park to the right, you can see that when the tide is low, both beaches are connected.
In other words, if you would like to go for a walk here, checking a tide chart is a must!
False Point is a popular site for tide-pooling, in fact, the Birch Aquarium offers naturalist-led tide pool expeditions here. Click here for more information!
Oh no! A storm drain!
I good rule of thumb is to never go into the ocean the day after a storm, especially near a storm drain.
Exploring the beaches of North Pacific Beach was so satisfying, as it felt like I was the only one on the beach.
There is nothing better for the soul than a day at the beach.
End of the Tour
So there you have it- North Pacific Beach, Tourmaline, and False Point are all connected when there is a low tide.
The bluffs are magnificent as well as the views of the incoming waves. The walk is just spectacular but very rocky over at False Point.
All in all, you can not go wrong visiting here on a negative low tide day.
There is so much to see and do. I especially enjoyed watching the surfers off of False Point.
It is hard to imagine paddling so far out to catch a wave!
I hope you enjoyed your mini-exploration, and my only wish is for you to come out and enjoy the area for yourself!
Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below! Also, please check back, as I will be concentrating on the nine other beaches I visited on this day, starting with the beach right around the corner from False Point.
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I have always had a deep-seated passion for the Ocean Environment which ultimately led me to receive a degree in Marine Biology. Living in the San Diego area for over 30 years, I have extensively explored the 70 miles of San Diego’s coastline, and I am here to share! Please use my website to your advantage and have a look around at all the wonders that the beaches of San Diego can offer you!