Not The Typical Tourist Haven
Can be noisy
Nice Beach - Great For Families
The City of San Diego has many regulations on the subject of dogs in public areas and that includes beaches. As a community, OB has opened part of it's beach area for their beloved dogs, and call it Dog Beach. Dog Beach is one of two places in San Diego that you can take off the leash from your puppy and let him/her run FREE on the sand or in the...more
One of the most memorable experiences I had as a child was going to the tidepools during low tide and seeing sea animals caught in the pools of water, in the rock depressions on the beach, left over from when the tide was high.In the third grade we went on a field trip to the tide-pools and I brought home a baby octopus and a baby seahorse!!! It...more
Visiting OB during the week is peaceful and though there is always something to see and do, there isn't much in the way of crowds, which is the way I prefer it. However, if you like lots of activity, plan a weekend trip to OB or come in the evening on a Wednesday the OB Farmer's Market starts a four.Check the website listed below to see if any of...more
If you don't know or don't remember, "Hodad" is surfer speak for "a surfer wannabee." Anyone who owns a surfboard, takes it to the beach, but never quite makes it into the ocean is a hodad. Originally, Hodad's was located on the beach at Saratoga and Abbot Streets in Ocean Beach, but moved up on Newport Avenue and made a few changes. You might not...more
Barbecue, Barbeque, Bar-B-Que, BBQ all of these mean the same thing and refers to one of the few traditionally American meals we have, or the way in which this meal is traditionally cooked or even where we cook it. The fact is that there is great discussion and controversy over the issue of BBQ! The origin is not something that can be locked down...more
If you want to get out of the sun and away from the ocean breeze try the quiet and intimate setting at Sapporo. It's small, dimly lite and a great place for conversation. I am not a sushi aficionado, but I like the California Roll, so you will have to make your own judgement of the offerings at Sapporo. If sushi is your passion, Sapporo's might be...more
Sometimes all it takes is for the sun to set and Newport Avenue can become one big party. Other times there are some sort of street fair going on.This photo was taken at the Annual OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival last June. This year (2012) they will be celebrating their 125 Anniversary and the Festival will be bigger then ever. there are...more
The name of this place should give you a clue, but the really unique thing about Sunshine Company Saloon is that their Happy Hour is ONLY an hour! Between five and six in the evening pitchers are half price. That's a great deal if you like beer! If beer isn't your thing, try their special Sunshine Lemonade, especially great on a hot sunny day. This...more
Gallaghers Pub in Ocean Beach is an authentic Irish bar located on the Newport strip. When you walk in, you’re greeted by a warm fireplace and inviting atmosphere to match. Gallaghers boasts Irish crests all over the walls, paired with imported Irish wood, and memorabilia. While traditional in décor, Gallaghers is up to date with amenities,...more
Though there are a couple of bus routes to OB, getting there by car is really the most convenient way. Finding a parking space on Newport Avenue may take some time, as it is the most popular shopping section of OB. There are a few free parking lots, right at the beach, one at the pier, one near the lifeguard tower and one at Dog Beach.. During the...more
I have to drive everywhere because walking is a problem for me. However, OB is a "walking friendly" community and most things of interest are within a few blocks of each other. The beach is about a mile long, Newport Avenue is the main street and only a few blocks of it would be of interest to a visitor. Even if you stayed on Voltaire Street, a...more
There are no buses to get around Ocean Beach and really it's not needed in this compact community. However if you are coming into OB and have to rely on public transportation you can take MTS BUS route 35 from the Old Town Trolley (Transit) Station. If you are coming from downtown San Diego, take the MTS BUS route 923 to get into OB. The routes for...more
This, the quintessential example of business in OB, was originally a worker's collective. The Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market offers retail space of 6,000 square feet, and has 7,000 merchants/members! Since their beginning in 1971 it has grown and is the major grocery market in OB. The focus of this market is Organic produce, groceries,...more
What is the "Greenroom?" It is surfer-speak for the experience of surfing within the tube of a wave. Totally surrounded by the green ocean water, still on the board surfing. It is a rare and profound experience for any surfer who has accomplished the feat.However, the Greenroom of this tip, is a surfer's supply shop. It is located across the street...more
Hemp (hµmp) n. 1. Cannabis. 2. The tough, coarse fiber of the cannabis plant, used to make cordage. 3.a. Any of various plants similar to cannabis, especially one yielding a similar fiber. b. The fiber of such a plant.That is the definition of "hemp." It is not surprising that in OB there is enough hemp to make string, twine, shoes or even clothes...more
In OB there are at least eight pet supply/service businesses. Of these choices, the most interesting--and to me, unique--is:Dog Beach Dog Wash4933 Voltaire StreetThey are open seven days a week from 7 am to 9 pm and besides offering supplies and services for your dog, they offer a "self serve dog wash!!" Their location, about two and a half blocks...more
Ocean Beach is like a "Time Capsule," dating from the 1960's to the Present and it's citizens reflect that aspect more than any other community of San Diego. Individuality and creativity are second only to the concept of freedom. Of the earlier adage, "Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll," it is drugs that have taken the forefront role, or at least that is...more
Ocean Beach is not a unique area when it comes to having a sense of community, but the message in OB is more noticeable at a casual glance. Almost every place you go in OB you will see some sign of this desire to share information.At the People's Organic Foods Market one of the windows serve as a bullentin board for neighbors to put up notices, ads...more
There are lots of dangers at the ocean and many are avoided by using common sense, know how to swim before going out any distance, swim while sober, practice water sports with others, those type of things just make sense.
However, Rip Currents are not easy to recognize until you've been caught in one and they are especially strong in OB. The other day I tried to take a photo that would show a rip current but it was too hard to see on the picture. Anyway, I was on the pier looking down and if I had been in the water I wouldn't have seen it at all.
Lifeguards are on the beach in OB everyday and the best advice I can give is to check in with them before going into the water. They will be very happy to help you make the most of your time at the beach and in the ocean.
Lifeguards are well equipped and ready to save swimmers and surfers AQAP. (As Quickly As Possible.) They are expert watermen and have an excellent success rate.
The rest is up to you. Heed all warnings and signs for a safe and secure visit.
Going to the beach includes way too much--for my taste--sand but, not really a sand trap! Just south of Dog Beach is a nice little park adjacent to the beach where you can enjoy the sun and ocean without getting sandy all over.
Several places in San Diego offer grassy areas near the water, but on these are located on the bay side, not the ocean side. Ocean Beach does have a beach side grassy area and I for one appreciate the option.
Fun Alternatives: There are few beach and bay areas that offer the alternative of sitting on grass rather than the sand so while you are here take advantage, have a picnic, throw a frisbee or just spread a towel out and relax. Of course, also beware that the ocean breeze can lull you into falling asleep and whether you are on the sand or on the grass, the sun can blister the skin--even on cloudy days.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
But, You should remember to pack your medicines.
Photo Equipment: There are no big discount department stores, like Wal-Mart, to buy everything at a low price, so bring all those things with you, or stop at a Wal-Mart or K-Mart or Target on your way into OB and get what ever you'll need.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan on camping, bring everything you'll need.
Miscellaneous: Looks like this couple took my advise too literally!
Cabrillo National Monument is about five miles from OB. As the "birth" place of the city we now know as San Diego, it is an historical site and worth a visit. However, there is more than history up here and some of the most awesome aspects of visiting this National Monument are the views. View of the great Pacific Ocean, views of the San Diego Bay...more
While visiting OB for a few days or a week there are other places you might want to explore. Starting with Mexico. Tijuana, Mexico is about 22 miles south of OB and can be traveled by public transportation. However, the International Youth Hostel offers a shuttle to Tijuana, so staying there may be an option. Next, San Diego which is about six and...more
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Surfing became especially popular in the 1960's with all the Beach Movies and the Beach Boys songs but this sport had been around much longer. The Polynesians from Tahiti and Hawaii are known to be the first surfers where it was the Royal sport. Missionaries to these areas tried to extinguish the sport, but luckily in the early part of the 1900's...more
It has been since the 1960's that skateboarding has grown into almost a national sport. I remember putting the wheels from old skates onto a board and riding down the block and learning to sucessfully turn the corner without falling off or running into the street. There was a trick to it. We had to take the little balls out of the wheels to make...more
Near the Lifeguard Tower, there are poles to hook up a valleyball net. This is a popular sport on the beach and in some places they even hold competitions. If this is something that sounds fun to you, give it a try. After playing a game or two you may be too hot to continue, then just go on the other side of that mound of sand and jump in the ocean...more
If you are planning to move to OB and have an entrepreneurial bent, you should have no problem, as long as you are not looking to open up a franchise for a "chain." (In that case, you will be most unwelcomed.)Because it is more difficult for an individually owned business to survive on it's own, it is encombant upon the business person to be rather...more
Of the many neighborhoods of San Diego, OB seems to have the strongest sense of community. This may not be a hot spot for tourists, but there is usually something going on every month. OBceans seem to celebrate everything possible. So, if there is room in your plans for a visit, check out their Calendar of Events. Every Wednesday they hold a...more
If you are thinking about moving to Ocean Beach this page will give you an idea of the community's "ambiance." The photos I've included may help to give a visual of the residential areas.Expect to pay between $800.00 a month for a studio apartment to $2400.00 a month for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, house with a two car garage. The price does not...more