Sunset photo of Ocean Beach Pier
Dog Beach at north end of Ocean Beach San Diego
Parking: Free parking near Dog Beach at West Point Loma Blvd. and Voltaire St. Other small parking lots and street parking available.
Getting There: Short walk to the beach from parking areas.
Things to Do: Walking, jogging, sunbathing, swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, fish off the pier, walk your dog at Ocean Beach Dog Beach.
Things to See: Young people at the beach, sunset over the Pacific Ocean, view from the pier.
Facilities: Restrooms, showers, changing rooms, trash cans, coffee shop and tackle shop on the pier.
Services: Many restaurants, funky shops, surf shops, rental shops and bungalows along the beach and nearby Newport Ave.
High Tide Access: Good access to this deep, wide beach.
Lifeguard: Lifeguards during summer.
Dogs: Leashed dogs are allowed before 9 AM or after 6 PM (4 PM from Nov. 1 - Mar. 31) on the main part of Ocean Beach San Diego, but the original San Diego Dog Beach Ocean Beach is right next door, where unleashed dogs are welcome 24/7.
Things NOT to Do: No alcohol, no glass containers, no smoking, no littering, no disturbing noise, no overnight sleeping, camping or parking.
Disability Access: Some disabled parking and access.
Hazards: Rip currents.
Photo credit Jennifer Wilbur - A Dog's Beach
Don't be afraid to get dirty, because nearby is the Ocean Beach world-famous Dog Beach Dog Wash, a self-service dog wash open 7 AM - 9 PM. Located at 7733 Voltaire St. just two blocks away from Dog Beach Ocean Beach, California. Ocean Beach is definitely a dog-friendly doggie beach town!
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Directions to San Diego Ocean Beach from Mission Beach, Mission Bay or Seaworld - Ocean beach sits across the San Diego River, just south of Mission Beach and Mission Bay. Take Mission Bay Drive, Sea World Drive, or Ingraham St. to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. then right on West Point Loma Blvd., which will bring you to the north end of the beach. There is a large free parking lot at the end of Voltaire St. near Dog Beach. Alternatively, continue on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and turn right on Newport Blvd. to see the shops and restaurants on you way to the main entrance of the beach near the Ocean Beach Pier San Diego.
Some beaches are best explored at low tide. Check out the tides and find maps and directions to the popular beaches below.
These are the top beaches in San Diego, listed from north to south:
Blacks Beach (Nude beach)
Blacks Beach (Surfer beach)
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