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“Like all beaches and dog beaches, you've got pros and cons”
Review of Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach
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San Diego Life at the Beach Tour
Ranked #41 of 430 things to do in San Diego
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner 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
Poway, California
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55 reviews
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“Like all beaches and dog beaches, you've got pros and cons”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Let's make it simple. I am reviewing this as a dog -owner. You'd be crazy to go to a dog beach if you are not a dg owner and are just looking for a typical beach day. THat is, assuming your are not a dog lover.

-north end of beach is enclosed by the San Diego River
-great selection of nearby casual dining, all within walking distance
-there is a place to rinse off before you get back in your car (but it is not convienent.... a short hike south passed the rock wall (and people beach)
-new bathroom facilities near the foot wash
-most owners are good with letting dogs be dogs (I.e. playing, growling at each other, humping, etc.)
-its OB - the most laid back part of San Diego...what's not to love!?!

-OB is not exactly centrally-located, nor is there easy access Unless you are near the airport, mission bay, or p-many owners are out of touch with their dog or just not very dog-aware, expecting theirs to not have to share a toy or yours to no be interested in the treats in their pocket
Point Loma, it is a trek to get there; best to make it a half-day event, and stop for food in OB (HODADs is highly recommended)
-on peak days (summer weekends, Friday evenings) parking can be an issue; always be prepared to walk a few blocks if needed
-South end of beach is marked by a rock wall, but the dogs don't know that there is an invisible line there they cannot cross; if your dog doesn't always do as you ask, do yourself a favor and stay on the North side where he is less likely to stray to where he shouldn't be
-In general, not as clean a beach as Del Mar dog beach
-there always tend to be a few jerks - irresponsible dog owners that do no pick up their dog's waste
-on the same note, I wouldn't count on all fogs being vaccinated or fixed (many are clearly not fixed) - hold off on brining your dog here until he is both fixed and vaccinated

Please be smart. Don't go to Dog Beach with your young children and expect to have a nice peaceful picnic on your own blankets while you cut up salami for sandwiches.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“nice sunset”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

My husband and I walked around here and hung out on the beach for a bit on our last evening in San Diego. The beach and the water were beautiful, seemed clean, very panoramic, lots of palm trees around. Exactly what you would expect a beautiful California beach to be. The only downside is that there were some drugged-looking hippies here and there, many strumming guitars or singing. I could have done without that.

Visited September 2013
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“Gorgeous romantic time!!”
Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful, Gorgeous experience! Celebrating our 3 year wedding Anniversary. Romantic day & evening worth coming back!!

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Oceanside, California
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“Great People Watching, Nice Beach, Dolphin Pods”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Even in the fog, this was a fun beach. Surfers surf any kind of weather. Lifeguard station is on top of everyone in the water, surfers left, swimmers right. Beach is not pristine white sand, but still a great walk. We were lucky to see a pod of dolphins going by. Nice beach when it is not insanely crowded. Came back on a sunny Saturday afternoon and it was mobbed. NO parking, thousands of people, crowds everywhere. SO, see it when you can. Come early. Worth a drive over to see a beach if you aren't staying at a beach hotel.

Visited September 2013
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“Really cool but very busy”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

It has an awesome pier with amazing views of the ocean, surfers, and fishermen. You can also fish off of the pier! Decent shops and restaurants in walking distance. We went the 2nd weekend of September and it was packed!!! Hard to find parking

Visited September 2013
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