OB invites you to visit and enjoy in our beaches, pier & boardwalk, outdoor activities, nature & parks, sights & landmarks. Need a place to stay? Check out our directory for lodging in Ocean Beach San Diego!
The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, one of the most visited landmarks in San Diego County, was officially christened and introduced to eager San Diegans on July 2, 1966. Over 7,000 of San Diego's then 600,000 residents showed up to celebrate the opening, including local politicians Mayor Frank Curran and California Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown who had the honor of cutting the ribbon.
Our new Historic Walking Tour brochure is now online for all to enjoy! Many of the buildings you will find in the Ocean Beach Historic Tour originated early 1900’s and during the Resort Days of the 1920’s. Ocean Beach initially happened in spring 1887 when entrepreneurs William H. 'Billy' Carlson and Frank J. Higgins bought 600 acres of Pueblo lots (the area of coastland divided by the Yankees in 1846) and named their new acquisition Ocean Beach.
Long before the advent of online social networking, people were connecting through community art and, in the process, giving neighborhoods a sense of history and identity. In Ocean Beach, community murals located on buildings around the neighborhood capture the essence of the seaside town. Defining and engaging, mural themes range from surfing to cars and flag-waiving Americana.
Every Wednesday 4-8pm on the 4900 block of Newport Ave. between Cable and Bacon Streets in Ocean Beach. The Ocean Beach Farmers Market will look a bit different. Think of it as a fresh-air grocery store with a focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, spreads, baked goods, honey, kombucha, flowers and more! There will be a handful of artisan food vendors who will provide to-go food, which you may take home to enjoy.
Newport Avenue Beach is perhaps the most popular beach in Ocean Beach for surfers and people just enjoying the sights or hanging out. While there is a parking lot available for beachgoers it is often full and parking can be somewhat problematic. This beach is particularly popular amongst photographers’ as there is a wide variety of objects to shoot. This beach also offers the only surfer’s only area around. Hundreds of surfers flock to this beach on a daily basis at their chance to catch the next “big one”.
Own a piece of history on Newport Ave! Ocean Beach Newport Avenue Tile Project. Purchase a 6-inch square ceramic tile personalized with your own special message. Tiles are guaranteed for the life of the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association. Our current tiles are sand colored and text is engraved in all capital letters. Letters are filled in with dark grout at installation.
The Northside of Ocean Beach, centered on Voltaire Avenue, offers a number of great local eateries, taverns, coffee-shops, stores and other mom and pop type shops for your enjoyment. With a more laid-back vibe, North OB is home to lots of local gems, including the beautiful and pet-friendly Ocean Villa Inn.
Located along the San Diego River, Robb Field Athletic Field is a great place for the entire family to enjoy the day. Complete with an Adult Fitness Club, two lighted outdoor basketball courts, eight softball fields (one lighted), five unlighted multipurpose fields, twelve lighted tennis courts, four lighted outdoor handball courts, one tennis practice wall, one sand tiny tot playground area, picnic area, permanent rugby goals, portable soccer goals, skateboard park, one meeting room, recycle bins and much more. Robb Field also offers the City's first Skateboard Park which opened in 2000.
Located between Nimitz Blvd. and Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Dusty Rhodes park is a great place for the entire family to enjoy the day. Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes left this land as a place for family and friends can gather to enjoy a nice day on the grass. Here you will find no structures, courts or designated fields for predetermined activities. Instead you are simply welcome to enjoy the great outdoors, fly a kite or watch your children play at the playground. The gazebo may be used for birthday parties and family events as well and is located near the restrooms for your convenience.
The Original Dog Beach In San Diego, CA is nationally famous and one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. It is a landmark in the community of Ocean Beach at the end of I-8 at the mouth of the San Diego River. Dog Beach is a special place where people and pets, beach lovers and surfers celebrate the spirit of Ocean Beach, California, one of southern California's last true beach towns.
Down the hill from Point Loma you will find Voltaire Street dead-ending into the beach parking lot where most beachgoers congregate. This is where you will find Voltaire Street Beach. Not only does this street give you direct access to one of the area’s most popular beaches, but Voltaire is also lined with a slew of bars, restaurants, stores and other mom and pop type shops for your enjoyment. This beach is popular amongst visitors as it is not nearly as busy or crowded as Mission or Pacific Beach. Voltaire Street Beach is also a local hotspot where one can find a parking spot and hit the sand for a few hours. There is also a large grassy area with picnic tables for visitors to enjoy as well.
Long Branch Avenue is a residential street that dead ends into what is known as Long Branch Avenue Beach. This beach is popular amongst visitors as it is well equipped with several volleyball posts. While the posts are in place, you will need to provide your own net if you plan on getting a game going. Since there are multiple posts in place it is very easy to get a couple games going at once. The Ocean Beach Recreation Center also runs a beach volleyball league which attracts both players and spectators to the volleyball area on weekends.
If you are able to find parking on a busy day, Brighton Avenue is a great street for entering the beach. Brighton Avenue is a residential street that comes to an end at the beach. The Brighton Avenue Beach in Ocean Beach is located at the end of the Voltaire Street parking lot close to the shower and bathroom building. This beach is accessible from the parking lot or from the streets that dead-end into this beach. This area of the beach is a popular spot for volleyball enthusiasts. There are several sets of posts already set-up and waiting for your group to bring their own net to get a game going. This is an awesome beach if you are the type of person that just likes to come prepared, find a great spot and spend the entire day on the beach with family and friends.
Cape May Avenue Beach has a great location, but it is one of the more quieter streets. The Cape May Avenue Beach in Ocean Beach sits directly in the middle of the long stretch of beach from Dog Beach to Newport Avenue. Since this beach is a further distance from the major parking lots around Newport Avenue and Voltaire Street, this beach is often less crowded on peak days. While Cape May Avenue Beach itself is one of the widest, this beach is used less often than those north and south of it.
The Saratoga Avenue beach in Ocean Beach, San Diego is part of the stretch of beach that is most popular for boogie boarders, body surfers and people hanging out on the large grassy area adjacent to the beach and the lifeguard station parking lot. The grassy area is known as Saratoga Park. Most notable about this beach is that it seems to be the ideal location for parking, food, showers, lifeguards, Newport Avenue and the ocean.
Saratoga Avenue is a family friendly stretch of beach between the more chaotic areas of Newport Avenue Beach and Voltaire Street Beach. The Saratoga Avenue Beach is the stretch of beach that is most popular with boogie boarders, bodysurfers and people that just want to lounge around on the large grassy area adjacent to the lifeguard station parking lot. This beach is one of the more popular spots as it seems to be the ideal location for parking, food, showers, lifeguards, Newport Avenue and the ocean.
Situated in a split residential and commercial neighborhood and only a block north of the ever popular Newport Avenue is the Santa Monica Avenue Beach. The Santa Monica Avenue Beach is located right on the line between the surfer-only area and the swimming only area of this stretch of beach. This is a popular beach amongst visitors because of the ammenities that it has to offer. Those visitors are eager to take advantage of the quick parking, bathrooms, showers, the lifeguard station and a nice grassy area to enjoy picnics. People visit this beach for many different reasons and the mix of personalities to mingle with is just an added bonus. Due to its ease of access, on any given day you will find a variety of people enjoying the beach.
Located at the base of the San Diego Fishing Pier is Niagara Avenue Beach. This beach is particularly popular as visitors can examine ocean life up-close at the tide-pools. Niagara Avenue Beach is located just south of the Newport Avenue Beach and is marked by its landmark, the Ocean Beach Pier. Niagara is the first street that connects with Catalina Boulevard.
Dedicated in 1983, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a 68-acre City of San Diego regional park which extends 1½ miles along the Point Loma peninsula's western shoreline. This unique coastal environment features expansive ocean views, dramatic cliff formations and caves, a fascinating intertidal area, and native coastal sage scrub habitat, which provides connectivity to the adjacent Point Loma Ecological Reserve. Sunset Cliffs has long served as an attraction for San Diego residents as well as national and international visitors.
Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Join us and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery.
Located on the military base at the southern tip of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse (built in 1855) served as a beacon for sailors for centuries, and today serves as a link to our past. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. On March 23, 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse location closer to the water at the tip of the Point.
Monday - Thursday, November 9th - 12th, 2020 from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Proceeds directly support the OB Food and Toy Drive, which provides support to local families and seniors in need during the holidays. Details coming soon!
Mark your calendars – Shop Small Ocean Beach falls on November 28, 2020. Although the holidays will look a little different this year, Ocean Beach will be decked out with holiday cheer including bright & colorful holiday banners and lamp posts adorned with garland and bows. Shop Small this season while you enjoy the eclectic beach community of OB. Friendly reminder to mask up and only spread holiday cheer this season.
The events they sponsor throughout the year are all fundraisers for the OB Tree Committee. The OB Tree Committee sponsors the OB Food and Toy Drive that sponsors over 100 local families and seniors in need each year during the holiday season. The group assembles care packages and new gifts and toys for those in need of help during the holidays.
Thank you for your unwavering support and excitement for the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association’s events throughout the year. Our events bring thousands of Ocean Beach and San Diego community members alike, as well as people from around the world. Because of this, we are always committed to providing fun and safe events for our community. The OB Oktoberfest scheduled for October 9th and 10th, 2020 has been postponed.
The 41st Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off Festival offered eclectic fun in the sun for all ages. More than 70,000 visitors throughout the day enjoyed tasty festival nosh, art, beachfront entertainment, shopping, and more.
This year’s Independence Day Celebration in Ocean Beach will not be the same due to the State of California’s Stay-at-Home Order prohibiting large events and gatherings, and prioritizing public health. The Ocean Beach Fireworks is a long-standing tradition and cornerstone of summer celebrations in San Diego and the Ocean Beach Main Street Association is committed to honoring this tradition. Like many events our Ocean Beach Fireworks are going virtual. The community is invited to enjoy fireworks from the past, while listening to your favorite patriot soundtrack. Click here to view the virtual fireworks display!