Ocean Beach | Beaches

Ocean Beach has managed to retain its unique spirit and laid-back attitude, due in part to its secluded location between the San Diego River and the hills of Point Loma.  Local residents protect their small-town atmosphere and stand guard against invasion by chain stores and restaurants, favoring their myriad independent shops and eateries.

Dog Beach is a local favorite where man and best friend can enjoy the waves together.  At the mouth of the Harbor Channel there’s plenty of beach to enjoy games of fetch or tug, or just giving chase.  This off-leash area is almost always busy with dogs and their humans alike.  As with many such areas, users must rely on the responsibility of others’ keeping their pets under control and out of trouble.


Sunset Cliffs Park

Accesses South of Pier

Ocean Beach & Pier

Dog Beach

  • Lifeguard services → if any ← can vary by season, day or hours!
  • Dogs aren’t allowed on most beaches. See San Diego Dog Beach & Park Information
  • Overnight camping / sleeping is not permitted, except at campgrounds
  • Smoking has been banned on all California State Beaches & Parks
  • Alcohol is not permitted on most beaches (Yes, this includes beer & wine…)
  • All beach information & details are  subject to change without notice
  • Be safe!  Always check rules & hazards of each beach