Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach, San Diego: Address, Ocean Beach Reviews: 4/5

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One-mile long beach features a municipal pier for walking and fishing plus designated areas reserved for swimming and surfing.
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Karen C
St. John's, Canada3,016 contributions
Feb 2020
The beach is nice and there is a nice long pier, great for photos at sunset.

There are lots of restaurants in the area. Very little parking. There was some sort of street food festival when we were there and 1 street was closed down.

Lots of people around, mainly young hippies and druggies and homeless people. People selling kitsch and marijuana, telling fortunes, etc.

There was a guy freaking out on the pier, running, shouting, swearing, it was a bit disconcerting! At one point I thought he was going to jump off the edge!

But there were plenty of young women jogging alone so it must be a fairly safe place.
Written February 11, 2020
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Adventurer368193
3 contributions
Feb 2021
We enjoy bike ridding around the bay and downtown OB. We felt safe and my kids enjoy exploring the sea life. OB has a dog beach that is awesome! Our dog enjoys the freedom of running in the water! My kids started learning to surf, OB has the perfect beach to learn! The farmers market is super cute and fun! and the Sunsets are just breath taking!
Written February 19, 2021
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MyBucketListTrips
204 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Clean and family friendly. The locals keep it clean, which is very nice. If you are troubled by the homeless, stay away. They are unavoidable in Ocean Beach, but they also mind their own business and don’t pose a threat. My family of four enjoyed the beach.
Written December 26, 2021
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Andrew K
Chicago, IL4 contributions
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
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
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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Kim M
Sammamish, WA60 contributions
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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Michael O
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
Great beach if you live nearby or get really lucky and find parking. In the past it was at least possible to find parking in the summer but it's pretty much impossible now. Drove from Phoenix and got a room, tried to find parking at every beach in the area on a Sunday including this one but no luck. After two hours of trying, drove back to the hotel, wasted trip. I will never visit these ridiculous beaches again in my life. San Diego beaches are really there for locals within walking distance. If you are thinking of visiting from out of town on the weekend forget about it, period. Go to LA where the planners actually had the brains to provide parking for their beaches.
Written July 18, 2021
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C Y
4 contributions
Jul 2021
Visited Ocean Beach with family in July, 2021. So happy to get away after the pandemic settled a bit.
My experience was very positive. We stayed in a lovely condo a block or so from the beach - fairly quiet and no problems sleeping. We walked down to the shops a couple of times and searched for souvenirs. They have a street fair, I think on Wednesdays - very enjoyable. Musicians, lots going on.
There are homeless people, but no one bothered us and no problems with anyone. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and feel of the community. Would definitely go back again.
Written October 18, 2021
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Gardengel-IoW
Crawley, UK579 contributions
Feb 2020
Average seaside place. Parking was free but didnt really like the look of it. Mainly surfers and fisherman. Long concrete pier with extended arm at the end but view back wasnt really worth the walk.
I am sure if I lived or was staying nearby I would be pleased to near the area but not worth a trip for a tourist, sorry. You may well be pleased about that.
Written March 2, 2020
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