What to Know Before You Arrive
Fishing on OB Pier
Herring is the most common fish caught off the pier, but you may also catch perch or even sharks. Typically, there is no limit, but that can depend on conditions. The pier was designed to give locals a place to catch fish, but it soon became an iconic location for tourists. There is also a bait shop on the pier.
OB Farmers Market
On Wednesday evenings, enjoy the large farmers market along Newport Ave, the main street in Ocean Beach.
There are plenty of places to rent equipment for all types of outdoor activities, surfing, kayaking, biking and more.
Smoking & Alcohol Prohibited on the Beach
Smoking is prohibited on the beach as is alcohol and glass containers.
Ocean Beach Dog Beach
OB Dog Beach, at the north end of the beach, allows unleashed dogs to play in the ocean and on the beach any time of day.
There are several popular annual events at the OB beaches. If you’re looking for a quiet beach, avoid this section of beaches during Oktoberfest and 4th of July when everyone loves to watch the fireworks off the pier.
Popular for Surfing
The beach has a good vibe, but it is a popular spot. If you want less crowds while surfing, try surfing during the week.
Be Careful Swimming!
There are rip currents and undertows, so know how to swim out of a rip. Swim parallel to the shore until you get out of the rip. Then swim diagonally toward shore. If you aren’t a strong swimmer, yell for help and tread water until assistance arrives.