Ocean Beach, San Diego

Ocean Beach extends south from San Diego River to Sunset Cliffs and is popular for surfing and sunbathing. Known locally as OB, this beautiful sandy city beach has the archetypal laidback SoCal beach vibe.

There are various different section including an area for surfing only, swimming only and there’s a dog-friendly section although pets must be kept on a leash.

At the south end of the beach, the ½ mile long OB Pier (one of the longest in California) is popular for fishing (no license required) and has sweeping views of the city.

The beach has lifeguards and the main lifeguard station is on one of the free public car parks on Abbott Street and Santa Monica Ave. This is also the location of restrooms and outdoor showers. There are similar facilities on the free parking lot at the end of Voltaire Street which is the closest parking for the volleyball courts and the dog beach. When those parking lots are full, street parking can be found along Newport Ave.

Activities on Ocean Beach include surfing, walking, running, volleyball, fishing, sunbathing, tide pooling and bonfires in the fire pits provided. The beach is edged by the Ocean Beach Bike Path which heads inland along the river. It is well used by cyclists, walkers and joggers.

Nearest town/city

San Diego


  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing

Lifeguard service



  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Restroom/toilets

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