Ocean Beach is one of San Diego’s most preserved beach towns its community and ethos make this small funky beach community truly unique. Located on the Pacific Ocean and wedged between Point Loma and Mission Beach this small little community has all the vibes of a 1970’s beach town.
The community’s history goes back to 1887. It was given its name by Billy Carlson and Frank Higgins, both well-known developers at the time. They developed O.B. into a great little community overtime beach cottages, bungalows and small apartments made up most of the makeup of Ocean Beach. In modern day Ocean Beach you still find the same small beach cottages and bungalows that have been around since 1908. What makes Ocean Beach so unique is that although it is on prime ocean front real estate the community has still kept its laid back vibe.
There are no big box stores, mostly mom and pop shops and a plethora of tie-dye clad beach goers your more likely to see a co-op instead of a Ralf’s in this neighborhood. Ocean Beach has a variety of things to do. If you enjoy the beach, well its there and there is a special spot if you are a dog lover known as dog beach where you can take for 4 legged pooch off lease to enjoy fun in the sun and splash in the waves. Also the shops down Newport Ave are always fun to look in to see what unique local goods are in store. Also every Wednesday there is a large farmers market as well boasting all local and organic San Diego fare. Ocean Beach is also home to Hodad’s (one of the best burgers around in my opinion). So if you are looking for a laid back beach community then Ocean Beach is the place to be.
Downtown Ocean Beach
The area spanning Narragansett is characterized most by one word- culture. A bundle of local shops portray the lifestyle. Antique shops line the streets as well as cafes and surf-and-skate sellers. It is well known as a hippie-town, an area stuck in time and loved by the community and it’s visitors. Murals line the roads and the sides of the buildings, painted by the community together every year. Events are common and every month holds plenty of festive activities. Oktoberfest, Farmers Market, County Fairs, and concerts are common year-round.
Sunset Cliffs is the southernmost area of Ocean Beach is home to the famous tide pools of San Diego. All ages gather to spend time searching the diverse pools and playing with the crabs. As the name suggests, these beautiful cliffs are prime for watching the San Diego sunset. Sunset Cliffs Park encompasses 68 acres of bluffs and walking paths high above the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Sunset Cliffs is a rare stretch of Southern California Coast that has retained much of its natural beauty. With Ocean Beach just to the North, Sunset Cliffs makes a wonderful weekend getaway for couples or families.
North Ocean Beach
North Ocean beach was once home to the first Amusement Park in San Diego called “Wonderland”. Now it is home to Robb Field and Mission Bay. Lots of Bungalows and condos are placed next to the San Diego River that are great starter homes with easy access to Mission Bay up north. Nearby is the one of San Diego’s Dog Beaches, where dogs are welcomed to roam and play with other dogs or enjoy the beach along with humans. Great for dogs and dog owners alike!