Ocean Beach Ca, Ocean Beach San Diego
Ocean Beach (“OB” to locals)
has been — and pretty much still is — a hippie, liberal,
middle-class beach community that loves dogs and isn't terribly
fond of big business or "The Establishment."
What this eclectic beach community does offer is a
long fishing pier, a beautiful shoreline, tons of fun beach activities,
and a dog beach for canine companions to roam freely without fear
of the long arm of the law.
Swim, surf, play some volleyball, or
picnic; Ocean Beach is casual and hip, and it has some interesting
characters, tattoo parlors, surf shops, assorted eateries and restaurants
along Newport Avenue. Like the locals and visitors, we enjoy Ocean
Beach's casual, laid-back beach culture and atmosphere. More
than any other beach community in San Diego County, Ocean Beach
allows you to be you — whatever that may be!
Check out the tide pools south of the pier.
At the south end of the tide pools, you'll find the beginning of
a concrete walkway that runs south along the oceanfront. The walkway
is perfect for a romantic stroll or a casual walk. Locals practice
an art known as “rock balancing” along the walk.
Ocean Beach Parking, Restrooms
The beach attracts a good mix of families,
visitors, locals, and fishing folks. It has lifeguards, restrooms,
showers, and disabled access. It also has separate swim and surf
zones. Ocean Beach has public parking lots at the end of Voltaire Street,
Santa Monica Avenue, and Newport Avenue. Street parking is scarce
on summer weekends.
Ocean Beach Directions
Take I-8 west until it ends and turns into
Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and then continue west. A right turn on
Narragansett will take you directly to the pier.
Ca Visitor Guide Tips
On peak days when other beaches become crowded
and parking is scarce, Ocean Beach is still quite accessible, especially
if you arrive early and don't mind parking several blocks
from the beach.
Check out “The Black,” a hippie-era,
tie-dye, smoke shop on Newport Avenue that has an eclectic mix of
clothing, gifts, and posters that carry-on the spirit of the 60s.
Newport Avenue is Ocean Beach's shopping and dining district,
with many unique shops, eateries and clubs. We especially enjoy Newport Pizza and Ale House that features San Diego craft beer and great pizza. And don't forget the farmer's market Wednesday evenings.
The boardwalk north of Newport Avenue is a great place to take in
the local flavor.
For more restaurants and eateries, drive over the hill to Pt. Loma for fresh seafood and our favorite San Diego Thai food restaurant, Supannee House of Thai.
Ocean Beach Bike Rides
If you enjoy cycling, Ocean Beach offers
several excellent rides for beginning and advanced riders.
San Diego River channel.
Beginners can start at the parking lot located at the south end
of Ocean Beach near Dog Beach. A paved bike path runs east from
the parking lot along the San Diego River channel. It goes several
miles and provides a nice easy ride for beginners or families with
Pt. Loma / Cabrillo National Monument.
Intermediate and advanced riders looking for a longer ride can start
anywhere near Sunset Cliffs or Ocean Beach. From your starting point,
ride to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and ride south until you see either Point
Loma Avenue or Novara Street. Turn left and ride up the steep hill on
either street (Novara turns into Santa Barbara at the top of the
hill). You'll soon intersect Catalina Boulevard, where you'll
turn right. Catalina heads south up the hill toward Cabrillo National
Monument. You'll soon enter the gate ($3 walk in fee and $5 car fee as of 2012) and continue to the top
of the hill to the monument. This is a great place to take a break
and enjoy the monument's spectacular views, historical buildings,
and exhibits. For a little extra ride and hill-work, take the road
that heads down to the tide pools, which are great for exploring
sea life. End your ride by retracing your route back to Ocean Beach.
Ocean Beach Restaurants
Gallaghers Pub & Grill, 5046 Newport Ave. 619.222-5300. Irish Pub with live music and St. Patty's Day party.
Kirin Sushi. 4111 Voltaire St. OB Local favorite. Fresh sushi served daily.
Ranchos Mexican Cuisine. 1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Very healthy, very good authentic mexican cuisine. Lots of vegetarian selections.
Voted best burger 2002 San Diego Magazine. 5010 Newport Avenue.
For more great Ocean Beach restaurants check out the San Diego Reader online or pick up a copy at a local convenience store.