Ocean Beach describes itself as “where the sun sets on San Diego.”
Known more familiarly by locals as O.B., Ocean Beach is where you’ll find much of the laid-back SoCal lifestyle San Diego is famous for. The area has also been compared to the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco, due to its copious amount of hippies. (You can frequently find them at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op, a co-op that’s been around since 1971, if they’re not at the beach.)
Ocean Beach is, in short, the place to be!
Every year the neighborhood hosts several big events including:
- The free Kite Festival – marking its 67th year in 2015 (May 9)
- Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off – in its 36th year (June 27)
- Oktoberfest – including the Brat Trot Beach Run fundraiser (Oct 9 & 10)
You can even play a special Ocean Beach themed version of Monopoly called Ocean Beach-opoly, complete with groovy peace sign, a palm tree, and beachy flip flop and surfboard in place of the typical Monopoly pieces:
Fun Fact: Residents of OB refer to themselves as OBceans. Except for the wild green parrots, which locals refer to as “the O.B. Air Force.”
OB People’s Organic Food Co-op is located at 4765 Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach.