Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach features a great boardwalk, nightlife and sunsets. Walk everywhere from the shops, sidewalk cafés, parks, and the beautiful beaches. Enjoy the California sun while surfing, skateboarding, swimming, or playing a game of beach volleyball, basketball, or simply sunbathing. This is the perfect spot for a remarkable family vacation.
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Surfing & Nightlife in the Funky Beach Town of Ocean Beach

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Visitors to the San Diego area who are looking for a funky beach town with lots of personality can find that and more at the iconic surfing spot and bohemian locale, Ocean Beach in San Diego. Located mere minutes from Mission Beach, Sunset Cliffs and downtown San Diego, this scenic spot that overlooks the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean is so much more than a simple beach town.

Ocean Beach offers plenty of things to do such as fishing off of the Ocean Beach Pier, skateboarding, strolling the famous farmers’ market, hiking the trails on the cliffs, surfing the legendary waves or watching the sunset from a beachfront happy hour spot.

For those seeking an authentic vacation spot that is mostly locals and not a collection of visitors, Ocean Beach prevails. Ocean Beach's quirky, neighborhood feel is made even more appealing by being a beach town with fewer tourists than neighboring areas in San Diego.

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Why you'll love Ocean Beach
Nightlife, or beach trips, Ocean Beach is the place to be. Walk the town, go surfing, shopping, biking, paddle boarding or swimming in this funky beach town.

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Things to Do

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Basketball Courts
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Beach Fire Pits
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Beach Volleyball
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Biking
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Fishing
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Paddle Boarding
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Picnic Tables
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Skateboarding
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Sunbathing
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Surfing
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Swimming

A Surfer's Nirvana and More

With a large number of gorgeous beaches in San Diego, sun worshippers have to narrow down their choices to fit a short itinerary. It's not possible to visit every single sandy beach town in San Diego during a short trip, as by our count there are more than 80 beaches in San Diego county!

Unique Vibe

For a beach that offers visitors nearly all of their favorite surf and sand activities, Ocean Beach is it. While there are other beaches nearby, like Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach is the choice for visitors looking for a unique vibe and lots to do.

The first thing to love about Ocean Beach is the atmosphere. It has the feel of a quiet, hippie beach town that only the locals know about and gives visitors a more intimate beach experience.

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The pier in Ocean Beach is one of the longest piers on the west coast of the United States. You can even fish off of the pier in OB without a license.

The Famous OB Pier

Ocean Beach City Beach is located just south of the area's Dog Beach and extends to the Ocean Beach Pier. This famous pier is the longest of its kind on the west coast. It juts down into the waves and creates an iconic T-shape. It's also a great spot for fishing and watching the waves and surfers out in the water.

Surfing in OB

Surfers can catch waves and ride the surf at the designated surfing-only beach just down Newport Avenue at the Ocean Beach Pier & City Beach. There are also surfing breaks in various spots along Ocean Beach's length.

Next to the pier is the OB Pier break, which features excellent waves on both sides of the wooden structure. A little further north of the pier is the Avalanche break, which offers some good swells. In front of Dog Beach is OB Jetty, with larger waves for experienced surfers.

Swimming & Other Beach Activities

Beachgoers who just want to spend time swimming and playing in the water should stop by the swimming-only beach at Santa Monica Avenue Beach. There is also a quieter, more secluded part of Ocean Beach, Cape May Avenue Beach, that is perfect for a serene day at the beach.

Great Family Experience

Ocean Beach events are geared toward a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. Families, especially, enjoy the quiet, friendly feel of Ocean Beach. For families with young children, the beach scene in Ocean Beach is ideal.

Ocean Beach is also a great option for visitors looking for fewer crowds and a less commercialized experience. Despite fewer crowds, there are different types of beaches here for almost everyone. Furry four-legged friends can frolic in the waves at Ocean Beach's Dog Beach while their owners watch the fun from the sand.

A Neighborhood Feel

The locals’ rule in the downtown area of Ocean Beach, and the small number of visitors that flock here will tend to feel like they're part of the neighborhood. There are only a handful of quiet, sleepy motels and inns in the town, no high-rises or impersonal corporate resorts.

Not to Miss Restaurants

Hole in the wall restaurants is what OB is all about. There are a few stand out eateries that you should check out.

Hodads is the quincentennial local burger joint in OB. Most of the time there is a line but it is well worth it. If you love burgers you need to try this place.

OB Noodle House & Sake Bar is another institution in Ocean Beach. Located on Newport Ave only a few blocks from the famous OB Pier. This Asian Fusion restaurant is famous for well it's noodles. Don’t miss this one.

Farmers Market

Another big draw to the Ocean Beach area is the legendary farmer's market. The market is open all year long, every Wednesday from 4 PM to 8 PM. The farmers market gives visitors the perfect activity to spend their weeknight evening.

Visitors can dine on local foods, pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and experience live music while walking through the booths of the market. Coming here, people will find out why this is one of the most popular farmers markets in Southern California.

The weekly farmers market is only steps away from Ocean Beach's pier and the Pacific Ocean. It's centered at 4900 Newport Avenue, between Cable and Bacon Streets. Along the Avenue, shoppers will be able to get made-to-order food, such as teriyaki, paella, pizza and other festival food options.

The market also features art booths, with handmade crafts and other decorative pieces. Visitors can purchase plants, cut flowers, baked goods, clothing and other market goods.

The entire time visitors’ shop, they can listen to the sounds of different styles of music and other live acts from around San Diego. The market truly brings a lively street fair atmosphere to Ocean Beach every week.

Locals regularly shop at the market, so it's got to be good. It makes for a great stop in between visiting Mission Beach and Downtown San Diego.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions and things to do are plentiful and close to Ocean Beach and its neighboring town, Pacific Beach. Ocean Beach is closer to popular spots like Sunset Cliffs, Mission Beach and downtown San Diego. Additionally, nearby Pacific Beach to the north is close to gorgeous La Jolla and the coves of the region.

The world-famous amusement park, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, is only a few minutes away, giving families and people of all ages a fun way to spend the afternoon away from the sand and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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Sightseeing in Ocean Beach, San Diego

The sightseeing in and around Ocean Beach, San Diego, is top-notch. There are unique attractions right within the neighborhood’s borders and the most popular San Diego spots are only a short drive away. The biggest draw for visitors is Ocean Beach's pristine coastline and all of what the Pacific's waters offer.

In and around the town, visitors can experience adventure, culture, cuisine, history and nature. With year-round mild temperatures, visiting the San Diego area and Ocean Beach is possible at any time of the year. Sightseeing is best when the crowds are lower in the spring and fall.

Sunset Cliffs

The most popular sightseeing spots in Ocean Beach provide visitors with interesting stops to add to their itinerary. Sunset Cliffs is a hidden beach spot nestled along the San Diego cliffs. Catch a California sunset here while going on a short hike.

Cabrillo National Monument & Point Loma

Next, visitors can make their way south along Point Loma to check out Cabrillo National Monument and the associated park. The spot features tide pools, hiking and history exhibits.

On the other side of Point Loma is top attraction, Shelter Island. This small tourist area has a boat launch area for day cruises and fishing tours, restaurants, art and cultural exhibits.

History & Culture of OB

History and culture buffs will get to satisfy their appetites with some of the sights in and around the town. Ocean Beach features a self-guided historic walk and gives visitors a close-up view of the early days of the resort town from the beginning of the 20th century.

Then, they can check out the murals of Ocean Beach to experience avant-garde street art. The self-guided mural walk takes visitors throughout the town and into the world of mural art.

Popular San Diego Attractions

After touring some of the spots local to Ocean Beach, it's also easy to go further afield and check out what else San Diego has to offer for sightseeing. Visitors can dine at the world-class San Diego restaurants. They also can visit some of the most iconic San Diego attractions, such as SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, the La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Reserve Park.

If you are looking to visit multiple places you should consider buying the San Diego Go Pass. This pass will get you discounted entry into over 50 different activities and attractions in San Diego. It includes many museums in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Belmont Park and even the SeaWorld San Diego. You can save up to 55% off of the regular attractions prices and if you purchase through our link you can get an additional discount.

Downtown San Diego

In downtown San Diego, there is also Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and dozens of green space parks for all ages to enjoy. Staying in Ocean Beach gives visitors access to a wealth of sightseeing opportunities within walking distance and even more by car.

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Ocean Villa Inn
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Events and Festivals in Ocean Beach

Throughout the year, Ocean Beach and the downtown San Diego area hold different special events and festivals to celebrate the California lifestyle. The most popular events and festivals bring in people from around the world and give tourists a taste of culture, food and much more. The beautiful weather and welcoming atmosphere make Ocean Beach the ideal spot for special events.

The Kite Festival

The biggest annual events in the town focus on food, fun, families and friends. The Kite Festival, a yearly tradition for more than 70 years, brings families to Robb Field every May.

Children are invited to craft their own kite during the festival and enter their creation in the kite contest. Besides flying kites, the festival boasts carnival rides, street food and a craft fair.

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

In the summer, experience the Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off. This June street fair featuring free admission turns the entire town into a party. The sounds of the festival are marked by continuous live music on four stages.

Singles can mingle at the Beachside Beer Garden. The main event happens at 11am and has amateur chefs competing with each other to make the best dish of chili. Other top draws are the 4th of July Fireworks, the Restaurant Walk in the fall and Oktoberfest.

San Diego's Ocean Beach is a destination that doesn't feel like a tourist spot, despite being located close to one of the top cities for beaches in the world. Experience the slowed-down life at Ocean Beach and get relaxation time during a world-class vacation.

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