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Ocean Beach

1868 Bacon St., San Diego, CA 92107 (Downtown)
619 224 4906
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Ranked #78 of 235 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Beaches, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: One-mile long beach features a municipal pier for walking and fishing plus designated areas reserved for swimming and surfing.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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San Diego, California
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121 reviews 121 reviews
48 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Not that great but the dog area was great! We took our pup along and he had a blast although there is not a wash down spot. The water is full of kelp and there was a weird current the day we went. If they added a doggy wash down area this beach would be. one. of the best!

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Waco, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This beach is better for adults, no roller coasters or carnival games just nstural beach. It has the 2nd longest pier on the West Coast at 1/2 mile with poeple fishing off it. The water is great to swim in with a nice shallow entrance & it gradually gets deeper. Great for new ocean swimmers like me to get more... More

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99 reviews 99 reviews
36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Fun to watch surfers. All that you could see in the distance was smog though. Lots of homeless people and potheads. Wouldn't suggest area for families with small children.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If you are looking for a nice fun beach to go to- stay away from this one. I was there yesterday, 9.11.2014. There are homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks at noon and smell of urine. The pier to walk out on, bums and hippies asking for money. People were high on something. Just not a nice place to relax,... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is the hippie beach of San Diego. Less touristic than Pacific Beach but a must see for the ambiance.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Ocean Beach is a really chilled out location, where people are tan, smiling, friendly and sporty! A hippie vibe runs through the whole place, which makes it even more fun to be in :) You don't have to do anything to be in a good mood, just be there is enough. And the sunsets are amazing: go a bit further... More

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Ocean Beach ("OB") tends to be a love it or hate it kinda place for most people. The hangout for hippies in the 70's has kept some of that same "don't care" laid back we-accept-all vibe, mixed in with beach-loving surfers. The main streets are lined with antique shops, restaurants and bars. Popular ones include OB Noodle Bar, Pizza Port,... More

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Mount Vernon, Indiana, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great little town with lots of unique character. Downside are the homeless and beggars. It is better than it used to be.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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130 reviews 130 reviews
46 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

some of the old places that were there in early 1970 when I went to college are still there. Quaint little town now with lots of Beemers and MB's. Still small houses that have been there since the 40's or so. Dog poops still on the vacant lots but the town smog is no longer Mary J whiffs as far... More

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Eastvale, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Lots of good bars to have drinks in. A couple of them have nice views of the ocean and the pier. We went to a beach bar called " Wonderland" that was across the street from the pier. Seemed like a fun place to drink. Staff was friendly. Definitely would go back again.

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