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About Ocean Beach City Beach in San Diego, California

Ocean Beach City Beach is a popular sunbathing beach in the San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach. This is a wide sandy beach that has formed at the south side of the San Diego River mouth. The focal point of the beach is the T-shaped pier that extends over one-third of a mile out into the Pacific Ocean.

If you visit Ocean Beach, a walk out on the pier is highly recommended. Views to the north include the neighborhood of Mission Beach beyond the rock jetties that protect the Mission Bay entrance channel. The southern view from the pier looks at the rugged shoreline in Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs districts. Pier fishing in California is free and doesn’t require a license so you’ll see lots of folks dropping a line. Surfers are a common sight too.

Below Ocean Beach Pier and south of it, you’ll find extensive tide pools that are exposed at low tide.

The extreme north end of this beach is called Dog Beach and it’s overrun with happy pooches who get to play on the sandy bank of the river without a leash.

There are two parking lots for City Beach and they tend to fill up fast on weekends, so you might have to settle for on-street parking near here. The Ocean Beach Bike Path runs inland along the river for those who want to run or bike.

To get to Ocean Beach, take the Ocean Beach Freeway (I-8) west to the end then follow Sunset Cliffs Boulevard to West Point Loma Blvd which ends at the beach.

1946 Abbott St
San Diego, CA 92107
Park Name
Ocean Beach Park
City Beach
Pet Details
Leashed dogs allowed on beach before 9am and after 6pm from April-Oct (changes to 4pm Nov.-March)
Surfing, Sunbathing, Walking, Running, Biking, Volleyball, Bonfires, Fishing, Tidepooling, Grunion Runs
Fishing Pier, Bike Path, Restrooms, Showers, Grass Park, Picnic Tables, Lifeguard, Volleyball Courts, Tide Pools, Fire Pits, ADA Access
Map of Ocean Beach City Beach
Coronado, US
8:11 am, May 30, 2024
temperature icon 60°F
L: 59° H: 63°
Feels like 59.4 °F haze
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 1.26
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:42 am
Sunset: 7:51 pm
Humidity 87 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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