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Ocean Beach

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Address: 1868 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107-3014
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+1 619-224-4906
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description:

One-mile long beach features a municipal pier for walking and fishing plus...

One-mile long beach features a municipal pier for walking and fishing plus designated areas reserved for swimming and surfing.

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USD 75.00*
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San Diego Life at the Beach Tour
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USD 349.00*
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Guided Jet Ski Tour in San Diego
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USD 90.00*
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

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Nice beach w/ good access

We went for a quick dip before heading home.. Parking right next to the beach, able to get in and out w/out issue, no panhandlers, some people sitting around smoking pot but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
sesuttle76
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went for a quick dip before heading home.. Parking right next to the beach, able to get in and out w/out issue, no panhandlers, some people sitting around smoking pot but other than that is was a good trip

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Bradenton, Florida
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628 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This beach has a lot of folks that are locals and transients equally enjoying the California experience. Most people are laid back and the police and life guards are noticed through out the area.

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

To start the sand in Ocean Beach is softer than La Jolla. The beach areas are of varying sizes and are always close to shops and parking is free and easy. We walk our dog along the San Diego River at the Original Dog Beach every Sunday. During the week I take long walks along Sunset Cliffs Park at the... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice walk on the beach watching the surfers. There are tide pools at the far left of the beach by the pier, Kids loved it, and nice place to watch the sun set.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited here around 5pm on a Sunday afternoon. We parked a block away on a residential street and were harassed by the locals. On the way to the beach we were once again bothered by groups of young men. Right at the beach there were policemen patrolling and moving folks along. Fishermen on the pier were smoking even though... More 

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Richland, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best described as an enclave for old hippies. Lots of people hanging out, surfing, playing beach volleyball and walking their dogs. The pier offers a great view, with locals fishing for whatever bites. Nice broad beach with berm separating an upper beach area. Parking is practically non-existent, so be prepared for that. Overall, an enjoyable experience.

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very cool place to visit. Everyone is very friendly. In the park there are people doing all kinds of different things. Guitar playing, drums, singing, hula hoopers, poetry reading, and surf lessons. Everyone is very dog friendly. Every store puts water out for dogs. All kinds of hippie shops, different kinds of food, and bars.Even a RECORD shop! A little... More 

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Cumbria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Anything goes at Ocean Beach ...walk the pier, explore the Farmers a Market (Wednesday afternoon), watch circus skills classes on the broad walk, drink coffee, explore quirky shops and get in touch with your inner hippy ...

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful place to explore from the beach to an abundance of restaurants, shops and watering holes. This place has something for everyone and is a must visit and a super laid back attitude.

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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed in an Air BnB location in Ocean Beach while we vacationed there. Much of the area is older and I am guessing still inhabited by the hippies who lived there in the 70's. (which isn't a bad thing, just something we weren't expecting). There are tiny restaurants and liquor stores on every corner. Many options... More 

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