History: Crystal Pier helped transform one of San Diego’s oldest communities. Established in 1887, Pacific Beach is one of San Diego’s oldest suburbs. Its centerpiece was supposed to be the 23 acre College of Letters, which opened in 1888 on Garnet Avenue where the Pacific Plaza now stands. The college soon closed due to lack of students and community remained small until the construction of Crystal Pier in 1920’s with a ballroom and amusement center. In 1936, the pier was extended and the ballroom was replaced with cottages which now serve as hotel accommodations for out of town guest who want to sleep over the ocean.
Things to Do: Known as one of the most “popular” towns to visit in San Diego. Garnet Avenue is lined with bars and restaurants. It is very popular with the college crowd. However, it has been recently transformed to cater to young adults and families. Check out Break Point, a restaurant/bar/bowling alley or Crushed for their weekend brunches. Neighbors on the Nextdoor social network suggest Fig Tree Eatery, Sushi Ota and Leilani’s Cafe. Have a picnic at Kate Sessions Park. Drive up to the top Mt Soledad and see the historic landmark as a tribute to the men and women who have served in the military. You will also experience breathtaking views of all of San Diego. Of course, the best part is catching the sunset close to Crystal Pier, you may even see the green flash!