Welcome to Ocean Beach!

Welcome to Ocean Beach, a small beach community a few miles northwest of downtown San Diego. OB is about as unpretentious as San Diego beach living gets. Sunny days are punctuated with the occasional jet roaring overhead, the barking of happy dogs partying at Dog Beach, and waves pounding the coastline of Sunset Cliffs. It's a place where Halloween and New Year's Eve are high holy days, and the O.B. Chili Cook Off, the Christmas Parade, and the 4th of July fireworks show are annual traditions.

In many ways, it's kind of a quiet sleepy place that time forgot. It's one of the few places left in San Diego (or the rest of the country for that matter) where the shops are locally owned and managed, for the most part. Some places would welcome a Starbucks or a Target, but for many OBecians this is cause for concern. In a world that is rapidly homogenizing, Ocean Beach stands proud as one of the last real beach towns left in California, and much of that uniqueness stems from all the independent shops and mom-n-pop restaurants in our little town.

Anyway, there's a lot to be said for this funky little beach community, with its odd collection of antique stores, bars, Deadheads, dogs, restaurants, musicians, activists, hippies young and old, bikers, artists, and feral cats. We may not all agree on everything, except that we all call OB our home.

Local businesses

After years of benign neglect, this page is finally being updated with links to business, groups, and organizations that call OB their own. Soon we'll be adding a mechanism for you to suggest new links. Please be patient.