Ocean Beach is probably one of the greatest spots in San Diego to experience local culture. As other reviewers have said, there isn't a grain of pretentiousness in the whole place, unless you go to one of the local and fantastic breweries and want to order a Bud Light. Actually, you still probably wouldn't get any gruff from anyone because this is such a relaxed neighborhood. Food can be hit or miss just because there's a demand for less expensive meals in the area, but there are some fresh and delicious culinary gems in the area if you know where to look. This is one of the few places I would recommend going to for an entire day if you're on vacation in San Diego and like the more Bohemian vibe. Start out with some ocean view breakfast, do a little shopping in the obstinately privately-owned small shops, hit the waves, and round out the night with some great local bands and a unique craft beer. San Diego relaxation at its finest.
Gritty but cool, I love this beach neighborhood which tourists often exchange for the fancier beaches like La Jolla and Coronado. If you want to see a more authentic, beachy, aging-hippie ish community ( complete with druggies, drum circles at sunset, and many, many dogs); then OB is the place for you. The beach always has huge surf, and the Dog Beach nearby is always crowded. Take a walk on the famed OB Pier, and the sea views are incredible. I love this oddball beach community, and once you go, I'm sure
If you love to stroll through antique stores and quirky beach-themed stores, an afternoon in Ocean Beach is highly recommended. Wander down Newport Avenue, shop, have some good food. KILLER Farmer's market on Wednesday with lots of great good and produce. I bought these radishes there and they were so beautiful that I used them as a bouquet until my husband ate them.
I love Ocean Beach. It is my favorite San Diego beach for a few reasons. First of all, it is very laid back. In addition, I believe the waves are the best in the area for body surfing and general play because they do not break directly on the sand. There are plenty of places to grab great food and drinks.
I love this real so cal town. It's edgy and it doesn't give a rat ass where you come from and what kind of money you have. There are a lot of mom and pop restaurants to try. One of the only few areas that are not dominanted by chain restaurants. It's a real treat. http://theoceanbeach.com
Just south of the Ocean Beach pier is a fantastic stretch of tide pools. An accessible dry reef provides easy access for families who wish to check out of these unique salt-water habitats for marine life. The best time to view the tide pools is during a mid to low tide.