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, Massachusetts37 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, Ireland5 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, Utah91 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
  • msc008
    Ottawa, Canada47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great sand beach
    Great beach with wide sand sections. Good swimming/boogie boarding spot by tower 2. Get a firepit early if you want to have a sunset fire. Dog-friendly dog beach section. Lots of birds and wildlife along the river side. Saw a falcon fly by with a fish in it's talons. Good idea to shuffle your feet wading out to avoid stingray stings. I got a painful reminder of that this trip. My girls wanted to go in the surf every day instead of going to theme parks. The colorful characters in OB are part of what makes it what it is. They are friendlier than some demanding tourists. The pier has fallen into disrepair and is no longer usable. Will be interesting to see if it is rebuilt in coming years.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Eric H
    San Diego, California30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love OB
    OB is too good. Got here in January, haven’t left. Not gonna leave either. OB literally has everything a person needs. As I’ve read a few reviews, OB is not full of homeless, addicts, etc. OB DOES NOT smell like pee and poop, stop it. What you’ll find is really cool neighborhoods, gardens, murals, amazing foods, kind people, friendly happy dogs, great shops and barrels on a bitchin beach.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
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Eric H
San Diego, CA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
OB is too good. Got here in January, haven’t left. Not gonna leave either. OB literally has everything a person needs.
As I’ve read a few reviews, OB is not full of homeless, addicts, etc. OB DOES NOT smell like pee and poop, stop it.
What you’ll find is really cool neighborhoods, gardens, murals, amazing foods, kind people, friendly happy dogs, great shops and barrels on a bitchin beach.
Written April 28, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

msc008
Ottawa, Canada47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great beach with wide sand sections. Good swimming/boogie boarding spot by tower 2. Get a firepit early if you want to have a sunset fire. Dog-friendly dog beach section. Lots of birds and wildlife along the river side. Saw a falcon fly by with a fish in it's talons. Good idea to shuffle your feet wading out to avoid stingray stings. I got a painful reminder of that this trip. My girls wanted to go in the surf every day instead of going to theme parks. The colorful characters in OB are part of what makes it what it is. They are friendlier than some demanding tourists. The pier has fallen into disrepair and is no longer usable. Will be interesting to see if it is rebuilt in coming years.
Written April 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wendy J
Salt Lake City, UT91 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kevin P
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
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 .
Written March 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brian M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
You can live in your vehicle right on the sand and the cops will totally let you do it but you better know the pass word and that is burkut it means the sound the bird makes on the ocean beach car ob car sticker that bird only lives in this town if you hear a local say it to you burkut you better say it back and all will be well and you stay where ever you want In the town including point Loma😘😘😘😘😘
Written February 26, 2024
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Jen
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
You couldn’t PAY me to stay here again. Homeless street people, van dwellers, severely mentally ill, drug addicted, scary ass, dangerous people roam around. OB is FILTHY and defiantly not safe. It’s not even pretty. It’s dumpy and run down. It’s a tweaker town, completely taken over. STAY away
Written February 4, 2024
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Randy L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
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.
Written January 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Travels With Martin
Boston, MA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
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.
Written October 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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