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Things to Do in Ocean Beach

San Diego, California is the ideal getaway spot filled with a variety of pristine beaches and diverse local attractions, all close to your home base with a stay at Ocean Beach Cottages.

Check Out the BusyTourist's list of 57 Best and Fun Things To Do In San Diego (California)

  • Check out the TIDEPOOLS, there are great tide pools under the pier at low tide. If you want a little more adventure tide pooling walk along the seawall and under the pier, follow the path past the white fence to the stairs that lead to the cliffs. Walk along the cliffs, check out the tide pools, and the views, and end up at a beach that can only be accessed from the cliffs.
  • Drive along SUNSET CLIFFS NATURAL PARK go to Sunset Cliffs Blvd and go south (right) drive along the cliffs and park at any of the parking lots, stroll along the path, or drive to the end of the road (stay right at the fork in the road). Park at the end of the street to walk down a staircase that leads to great tidepools, views, and a beach only accessed by the cliffs! Worth the walk down the stairs!
  • Have a BONFIRE ON THE BEACH grab some firewood from the market, grocery store, or gas station, and head to one of the fire pits on the beach. Great way to relax and watch the sunset, roast some hot dogs and make some s’mores!
  • Try a SURF LESSON there are lots of great places to surf in San Diego, learn how right on this beach! Check out Ocean Beach Surf School, they are right around the corner and offer private, semi-private, and group lessons, they have rentals as well - / 858-964-0478.
  • WALK OUT ON THE PIER enjoy the views, and watch the fishermen, the surfers, and the birds fly by. Or try fishing! There is a café with good food and great views. This is the west coast's longest concrete pier and just celebrated 50 years!
  • On Wednesday check out the FARMERS MARKET local farmers, restaurants, bakeries, musicians, and more!
  • RENT A BIKE and cruise around.
  • SHOP ALONG NEWPORT AVE. there are lots of unique shops along Newport Ave.
  • Take a drive to CABRILLO NATIONAL PARK beautiful drive on top of Ocean Beach/Point Loma to the end of the peninsula. Stunning views of the San Diego Harbor, Downtown, the Ocean, Coronado, and even Mexico! As you drive out to the park, you will see Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Check out the Original Lighthouse, and the museum, and even drive down to the tide pools.
  • Head over to Point Loma and check out LIBERTY STATION they have museums, restaurants, a movie theater, a Public Market lots of events, and a waterfront park. You can find Stone Brewery there too.
  • In Point Loma, enjoy HUMPHREYS CONCERTS BY THE BAY, a great list of musicians each year -
  • For SPORT FISHING head over the Point Loma for a fun 1⁄2 day or a full day of sport fishing!

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