Welcome to Ocean Beach/Sunset Cliffs
Trendy beach towns replete with breathtaking scenery
Lying by side at the estuary of the San Diego River, the vibrantly bohemian Ocean Beach, with its sweeping beachfront views, a charming strip of antique stores, organic grocers, and brewpubs complement the affluent laid-back community of Sunset Cliffs, both giving off the quintessential SoCal Beach city vibes with access to remarkable amenities.
Home to the West Coast’s largest concrete pier, Ocean Beach enthralls outdoor lovers, who spend their days soaking up in the sunshine while surfing, swimming, picnicking, or walking their dogs. Bordered by the ocean and estuary of the San Diego River, Ocean Beach is known for its gorgeous sunsets. With their proximity to Interstate 8, commuters can count on a quick trip into the city, while being able to hop back in for vivacious year-round festivals that light up the towns. In a mix of modest Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival-style beach houses, these lovely towns provide homeowners the ultimate comfort and enviable privacy away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
What to Love
• Outdoor living at its finest
• Enviable SoCal beach living
• Year-round open Farmers Market
• Vibrant family fun activities for every season
• Charming mom-and-pop run stores
• Quick commute times
Once populated by hippies, the unconventional and carefree vibes still carry to the present day. Ocean Beach/Sunset Cliffs exude a balanced mix of urban convenience and suburban charm. Residents will often be seen lounging by the beach, kayaking or fishing. If you’re looking to enjoy a few days of solitude, doing nothing but relaxing, watching coastal sunsets, and sipping beach cocktails while the ocean breeze fills you with bliss, then these stunning enclaves are the place to be.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Dining in Ocean Beach caters to all tastes and preferences—from high-end cuisine to local and fusion dishes, Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs are the epitomai of a quintessential foodie haven. Over 100 restaurants fill up the streets, alongside bakeries and bars, even the most discerning eaters will be spoiled for choice! Ocean Beach in particular is known for its fantastic outdoor restaurants from which diners can enjoy gorgeous sunsets.
A neighborhood favorite is the Blue Water Seafood Grill. Born out of its owners’ love for surfing, boating, and fishing the beaches of San Diego, this authentic Mexican-style seafood market brings favorites like grilled fish tacos, oysters on the half shell, and blackened teriyaki.
At Hodads, patrons savor pastrami sandwiches and burgers paired with beer inside restored cars. Drop-in for sizzling fish plates and chicken wings in the Asian fusion OB Noodle House. Once you’ve had a fill of various cuisines, stop by Miss Match Boutique OB to up your fashion game with the chicest finds, then head over to South Coast Surf ocean beach to pick up fine surf accessories for your next visit to the beach.
Things to Do
Sightseeing is a fun way to relax, and with the sheer number of local attractions in Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs, there’s more than enough to feast your eyes. Head down to the beach for a day of surfing, swimming, or strolling along the Ocean Beach Pier to catch a glamorous sunset over the Pacific. Dog parents can take their furry babies out for an unleashed run on the Original Dog Beach, an Ocean beach landmark famous around the nation. Head out on Wednesdays for the year-round open Ocean Beach Farmers Market, brimming with art, live music, and stalls upon stalls of vendor wares including fresh veggies, cheese, organic eggs, baked goods, and crafts.
Want to include your furry friend in the fun? Ocean Beach is home to San Diego’s best dog beach, one of the first official leash-free beaches in the country. Located off 1-8 by the San Diego River, this gorgeous dog beach has been protected as an Ocean Beach community asset since 1972. Let your dog splash in the ocean while you chat with fellow pet parents and enjoy the sunshine!
Ocean Beach/Sunset Cliffs are home to some of California’s most acclaimed educational institutions, renowned for their outstanding curriculum and engaging extracurricular activities. Top neighborhood choices include: