Ocean Beach
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This beach in San Diego is a popular spot for its sun, sand, and surf. Other than its lively surfing scene, you can bring your furry friends to the dog-friendly beach, or take a stroll along the pier to watch the waves and try your hand at fishing—it's one of the only places in San Diego where you can fish without a license. During low tide, head down to the tide pools and see what creatures you can spot, or check out the cool shops along Newport Avenue and Voltaire Street. Explore Ocean Beach and other spots on a beach tour in San Diego, hop on a whale-watching tour, or drive through the neighborhood on a go-car adventure. – Tripadvisor
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  • Travels With Martin
    Boston, Massachusetts18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoying Ocean Beach
    I love staying here any time I come to San Diego. It's nice to watch the surfers as the sun sets over the pier. Lot's of good shops and restaurants. There are plenty of folks living on the street down there, but they are mostly good people and mind their own.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Randy L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's not for everyone but I love it
    This may not be a family beach but it's a great place. There are homeless there, yes. There are homeless people all over San Diego, it's just a fact of life. The homeless people might ask for money but they don't bother anyone. Ocean Beach is a party area. Yes, it smells like weed. Weed is part of the California experience. If you are bothered by weed then go to LaJolla Beach or Coronado Beach. Those are the pricier areas to be in. Ocean Beach really has a lot of partying and weed use but Mission Beach and Pacific Beach have weed use too. Ocean Beach has some cliffs and a pier and a dog beach. If you are on the pier around sunset you can usually see dolphins swimming at the surface of the water off in the distant area. Ocean beach is also good for watching surfers. There is a Italian sandwich shop called Poma's about 0.3 to 0.5 mile away from the beach and they have some great food. There are other great restaurants there too but Poma's was my favorite spot to hit. About a mile south of there is Sunset Cliffs which is a romantic spot to watch the sunset. It's not a place for uptight people but for open minded people who want to have a good time it is a great place to go.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Kevin P
    Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great vibe.
    The beach itself is not the most beautiful but the connected town Newport is brilliant. It has great vibes, cafes, restuarants, bars and shops. I read some reviews about homeless. I was not aproached or bothered by anyone the whole day i spent there .
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 5, 2024
  • Wendy J
    Salt Lake City, Utah103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different in the Best Way
    I love Ocean Beach. It's definitely not for everyone, there are unhoused people but not as many as I've seen in other parts of San Diego. I was there alone walking around and I never felt unsafe nor did anyone bother me for money or anything like that. Everyone was just chilling and minding their own business. The shops are eclectic, there are lots of great places to eat, and it is honestly very clean. I stop by OB anytime I'm in the area, I love the vibe there.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 29, 2024
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Andrew K
Chicago, IL5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Do you like boundary less homeless people? Dirtbags? Crappy dive bars filled with aggressively drunk dirt bags? Zero parking? Then ocean beach is the community for you! You too can pretend you are part of a "seaside hippy community" with "character." You can witness the nightly brawls on Newport Avenue as you dodge meth heads on your way back from the dirtiest beach in San Diego.

I hate when I have to go to this part of town because my other friends refuse to grow out of their 24 year old dive bar phase. Avoid OB if you have kids or standards.
Written October 1, 2020
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Msia52
Fairhaven, MA2,436 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
One of the worst beach experiences in San Diego. This beach is filthy. The streets are littered with trash and homeless population everywhere. They crap on the sidewalk and you can smell urine. The public bathrooms were disgusting. People sleeping on the beach. The businesses that are near the beach are decent but too bad you feel unsafe walking around the beach there.
Written August 9, 2021
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Candice
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
As a Southern California native we have been all over San Diego, but had yet to visit OB... WELL it’s pretty awful!!! I would never go back again, not a beach if you have children. It is reminesent of Venice beach; very dirty and so so so many homeless. Which is sad because it’s not their fault that they fell upon hard times lol but the asking for alcohol or asking if we wanted to buy weed was a bit much. Please visit a nicer beach such as ocean side, solana, Del Mar, Encinitas, or even La Jolla! Because if you have a family and visiting, lol you will be very surprised when you get here!
Written March 17, 2021
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Steve A
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The condo I rented was very good and the pier was nice but the area needs to be cleaned up. Everywhere I went, I'm stepping over homeless people. Wife didn't feel safe walking by the beach because you would have groups of kids blocking the path. The beach itself was fine but I wouldn't go back.
Written August 16, 2022
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Wendy J
Salt Lake City, UT103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I love Ocean Beach. It's definitely not for everyone, there are unhoused people but not as many as I've seen in other parts of San Diego. I was there alone walking around and I never felt unsafe nor did anyone bother me for money or anything like that. Everyone was just chilling and minding their own business. The shops are eclectic, there are lots of great places to eat, and it is honestly very clean. I stop by OB anytime I'm in the area, I love the vibe there.
Written March 29, 2024
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Wendy B
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
My husband and I rented a house on Ocean Beach with another couple who have a young child. There were "campers" all around our property and all along the beach. Strange activity during the day but especially after dark. Yelling, loud music, burning trash to name a few. Down stairs we were afraid to open our doors or even the curtains. The smell of Marijuana day and night. It's just a rough area period. We spent Beach time at Coronado Beach to relax and not be stressed by all of the crazy things going on by our Beach house. Keep your children close to you and don't go out after dark. I have stayed on both Mission Beach and Mission Bay and felt safe. Avoid Ocean Beach!!!
Written September 19, 2022
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HealthProfessor
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We stayed in a lovely cottage near the beach. Not a swimming beach. Didn't feel safe due to all the mentally ill, homeless folks going through trash cans outside our Airbnb and all around the area and town. Lots of substance use. Reeked like marijuana and urine as we walked to the coffee shop in the OB town. The town is a party town. Not my cup of tea!
Written July 18, 2023
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dennis b
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
the homeless have taken over this area. Any time of day you would have to step over people sleeping on the sidewalks-public urination (male and female) was common even though public restrooms were a few feet away. Was probably a nice area some time ago.
Written August 30, 2023
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Kim M
Sammamish, WA76 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
I took my dogs down to Ocean Beach around 1pm recently. I found a parking spot and was getting my dogs out of the car and in front of me there were 2 obviously homeless men going through the garbage. As I continued to the boardwalk I passed many many homeless people. Some obviously living out of their cars in the main strip as well as some camped out in a park close to the lifeguard station. I walked by the public bathroom by the beach and the stench was awful. Very very dirty area. Disappointed to say the least. I was on the look out for a place for my husband and I to have dinner that night but after my quick walk there I was not coming back. I feel bad for the few restaurants there and the shops and really hope the city can get their act together and clean it up. We will not be back to this area sadly.
Written January 25, 2022
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Paradise61237956225
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Extremely dirty and lots of vagrants and homeless. Our family of 4 felt very uneasy and unsafe during our short stay. It didn’t take us long to realize we were not going to stay there and left within 4 hours of being there. We relocated to Cordova, CA and it was incredible and exactly what we were looking for!
Written October 14, 2023
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