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Ocean Beach

All are welcome to this funky vintage beach town, including surfers, skaters and furry friends

Find your Groove in Ocean Beach

Just north of Point Loma, this small beach town is a favorite among locals who spend their days surfing, sunbathing around the pier, hanging out in their vintage VW vans, and strolling through the many surf shops, taco stands and antique malls. Ocean Beach has a throw-back groovy vibe of vintage SoCal, coupled with friendly locals, great dining and micro brews, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Where to go

  • The Pier at the foot of Newport Avenue is one of the longest piers in Southern California, extending a half mile out to sea. Ocean Beach Pier is one of the few places in San Diego where you can fish without a valid California fishing license.
  • Dog Beach is wedged between the Mission Bay Harbor Channel and the jetty at the north end of Ocean Beach. Here, pets are not only allowed on the beach, but encouraged to come anytime, cast off their leash and run amok with other canine wave crashers.

Parking

  • There is a public parking lot located at the foot of Voltaire Street, another lot adjacent to the north end of the beach and Dog Beach, one at the foot of Santa Monica Avenue adjacent to the main lifeguard station, and a large lot at the foot of Newport Avenue, adjacent to the Ocean Beach Pier.
  • Street parking is available along Newport Avenue, as well as surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Lifeguards, Bathrooms & Showers

  • Ocean Beach has lifeguard-supervised swimming and surfing areas, restrooms, showers and assistance for disabled patrons.

Popular Activities

  • Surfing, swimming, sun bathing.
  • Shopping, dining and nighlife along Newport Avenue and Voltaire Street.

Directions

  • Take the 8 FWY west to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and turn right on West Point Loma Blvd.

Ocean Beach

What to Love

  • Hodad's on Newport Avenue, one of San Diego’s most celebrated burgers.
  • There are plenty of places to dine and shop adjacent to the beach.
  • Watching the waves break at Sunset Cliffs.
  • Free fishing on the pier—no fishing license required.

What to Know

  • O.B. comes with a permanent population of 'beach flies' - regulars who can be found sitting on the seawall or hanging out in the parking lots. They're generally harmless, good-natured folk, who look forward to the change of scenery presented by visitors, but if you didn't come to the beach to have some old fishermen bend your ear on the boardwalk, make a decisive b-line for the beach.

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