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Ocean Beach (also known as O.B.) is a beachfront neighborhood
San Diego, California. Ocean Beach lies
on the 
Pacific Ocean at the estuary of the San Diego River, at the western
terminus of 
Interstate 8. Located about
7 mi (11 km) northwest of 
Downtown San Diego, it sits south of Mission Bay and Mission Beach and directly
north of 
Point Loma. The O.B.
community planning area comprises about 1 square mile (742 acres), bounded
on the north by the San Diego River, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the
east by Froude St., Seaside St. and West Point Loma Boulevard, and on the south
by Adair Street.

Prior to European contact,
the Kumeyaay people
inhabited Ocean Beach and had established the fishing encampment of Hapai. The Kumeyaay visited the area to
conduct fishing and food processing operations, as mussels, clams, abalone, and
lobsters were harvested from the area.

The beach’s initial name
was Mussel Beach, for the mussels available
there. Its current name, Ocean Beach, was given in 1887 by developers Billy
 and Albert E. Higgins.

The pair built the Cliff
House, a resort hotel, and subdivided the area into lots. To promote their
subdivision, Carlson and Higgins organized various activities, including mussel
roasts and concerts. Despite their efforts, the development did not do well,
because it was two and a half hours by carriage from downtown San Diego. They
rented a locomotive, but by that time, the boom ended and the development was
put on hold. The Ocean Beach Railroad, launched in April 1888, was a casualty
of the economic decline. Passengers could take a ferry from San Diego to
Roseville in Point Loma to ride the train to the Cliff House. Later, Higgins
committed suicide, and a fire started by a fallen chandelier burnt down the
Cliff House in 1898. Carlson sold the Ocean Beach tract to an Eastern
financier, delaying its development for 20 years.

Carlson and Higgins were
not the first to file a subdivision map in Ocean Beach. They filed with the
city on May 28, 1887, but on April 22 of that year J.M. DePuy filed “DePuy’s
Subdivision” on 15 blocks in the northern portion of O.B.

One of the earliest
residents of Ocean Beach was D.
C. Collier
, who bought oceanfront property there in 1887 when
he was just 16. He later became one of the “fathers” of Ocean Beach, laying out
streets, promoting sales, and building the Point Loma Railroad in 1909 to
connect Ocean Beach with the rest of San Diego. By 1910 there were 100 houses
in Ocean Beach, compared to just 18 two years earlier. According to historian
Ruth Held, Collier’s rail line “made OB possible.” He also built Ocean Beach
Elementary School (a two-room school) and donated park land to the city. Most
of that land became Cleator Community Park (a ballfield), Correia Middle School
(originally named Collier Junior High School), a YMCA and a church; a small
remnant at Greene and Soto streets is still called Collier Park.

The northern end of Ocean
Beach was dominated in the early 20th century by the Wonderland Amusement Park,
which opened on July 4, 1913 and was constructed on eight oceanfront acres at
Voltaire and Abbott streets. It boasted a large roller coaster, dance pavilion,
menagerie, roller skating rink, merry-go-round, children’s playground, a
petting zoo with a variety of animals including 500 monkeys, and 22,000 lights
outlining the buildings. However, Wonderland went bankrupt in 1915 due to
competition from the Panama-California Exposition in
Balboa Park and was sold at auction. It closed in 1916 after winter storms
damaged the roller coaster. The name “Wonderland” lives on in some Ocean
Beach business names as well as the title of a documentary series on KPBS television hosted
by Ocean Beach native Noah Tafolla.

In 1915, John
D. Spreckels
 and his Bayshore Railway Company built a
1,500 ft (460 m) wooden bridge connecting Ocean Beach with Mission
Beach. The company used the bridge for a trolley, part of the San Diego Class 1 Streetcars,
which connected OB with Downtown San Diego and encouraged the development of
both Ocean Beach and Mission Beach. The bridge was demolished in January
1951, thereby cutting off through traffic to Ocean Beach from the Mission Beach
and Pacific Beach communities.

The small cottages,
bungalows, single-family homes and two-storied apartments in the residential
areas, were filled with college students from several local colleges, joined by
a good number of sailors, retirees and middle-class families. Some of the
bungalows built as tourist accommodations atop the cliffs on either side of
Niagara Avenue are still in use as businesses and homes.

With the dredging and
development of Mission Bay and the dismantling of the Ocean Beach-Mission Beach
bridge, O.B. became geographically isolated from the rest of San Diego and the
other beach communities, until the construction of Interstate
 in 1967. The westernmost segment of I-8 from Interstate
 to the terminus in Ocean Beach is officially labeled
the “Ocean Beach Freeway”.

Surfing was
introduced to San Diego at Ocean Beach in 1916 when a local lifeguard borrowed
a board from Duke Kahanamoku (although
it’s possible that George
 surfed there between 1907 and 1909). By
1966, the sport was sufficiently established that the World Surfing
Championship was held in O.B. Nat
 won the event and was named world
surfing champion

Ocean Beach was once known
as the Haight-Ashbury of
San Diego. The community became an attraction for hippies, who eventually
became accepted by many local business establishments. The Black headshop
opened on Newport Avenue, as well as the Ocean Beach People’s
Organic Food Market

Beginning in the early
1970s, local development and land interests pressed for the development of
Ocean Beach’s oceanfront, with plans for tourist-oriented resorts, hotels and a
marina outlined in the Ocean Beach Precise Plan. With the passage of a
30 ft (9.1 m) height limit in 1972 and the re-writing of the Precise
Plan, the development plans for the waterfront were abandoned.

Ocean Beach contains the
Ocean Beach Cottage Emerging Historic District consisting of various Craftsman
, cottages and other structures built from 1887 to
1931. We love house cleaning in Ocean Beach because the architecture is amazing
and the vibe is very relaxed.

There are a number of other
individual San Diego Historic
Landmarks in Ocean Beach
. Designated city historic landmark
buildings are the Ocean Beach Library and Strand Theater.

The economy of Ocean Beach
is dominated by small, independent retail businesses. Newport Avenue, the main
business street, featured family-owned businesses from the 1930s through the
1960s, such as a bakery, drug stores, a book and novelty shop, a shoe store,
men’s and women’s apparel shops, and a family-owned pet store. In the 1960s and
1970s, larger stores and shopping malls elsewhere in the city gradually ran the
small local stores out of business. Many of the storefronts were then turned
into antique stores, and the area is now known as the Ocean Beach Antique District. Also
on Newport are restaurants, head
, tattoo and piercing shops, coffee houses, bars, bike
and surf shops, and an international youth hostel. In 1969 Hodad’s opened
on Newport, gaining national attention in 2007 after appearing on Diners,
Drive-Ins and Dives
. There are several small
independent hotels in O.B., but no nationally franchised hotels.

The community has actively
opposed chain businesses opening in Ocean Beach, and only a few exist
there. In the 1970s, community protests led a chain of donut stores to
drop its plans to open a store in O.B. In 2000 an Exxon station abandoned its
attempt to open a gas station there. In 2001, an organized grassroots
effort attempted unsuccessfully to block Starbucks from
opening a coffee shop in Ocean Beach. In 2019, a similar grassroots effort
was unsuccessful in stopping Target from
moving in on Newport Avenue.

Ocean Beach is the site of
a historic single-screen movie house; The Strand Theatre, which opened in
November 1925. In the late 1970s, the Strand survived with midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on
Friday and Saturday nights. By the early 1980s it was running pornographic
films. Community reaction forced it to change back to regular films. It closed
in the 1990s and was converted into a clothing store after several failed
attempts to preserve it as a theater. The theater was designated a
historic building by the San Diego Historical Resources Board in December 2002.

Residents of Ocean Beach
often refer to themselves as “OBceans” or “OBecians,” which is pronounced
“oh-BEE-shun” (although the proper spelling is a matter of dispute)

Ocean Beach has two
schools: Ocean Beach Elementary (a K-4 public
) and Warren-Walker (a K-8 private school). The
community also features multiple churches, a public library, a U.S. post
office, and a vegetarian food co-op. Recreational facilities include the Ocean
Beach Recreation Center, Dusty Rhodes Park, and the Robb Field athletic fields
and skate park.

Local organizations include
the Ocean Beach Town Council, the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association, a Kiwanis
, and the Ocean Beach Historical Society. The Ocean Beach
Planning Board advises the city regarding growth and development.

Local events include the
Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cookoff in late June, a jazz festival at the
foot of Newport in late September, the Ocean Beach Christmas Parade in early
December, the Ocean Beach Kite Festival on the third Saturday of May, and the
Ocean Beach Canine Carnival on the third Saturday in October. On Wednesday
afternoons two blocks of Newport Avenue are closed for a farmers’ market.

The 1,971 ft
(601 m) Ocean Beach Municipal
Pier, built in 1966, is the longest concrete pier in the world and the
second longest ocean pier in California. The pier supports a restaurant
and bait shop (Ocean Beach Pier Cafe), which is located about 200 yd
(183 m) down the pier. It is open 24 hours a day. The pier was closed in
January 2021 due to storm damage. It was partially reopened in May of that
year, but its long term future is uncertain; a 2019 report has said the pier
had suffered significant deterioration and reached “the end of its useful
life”. A concrete walkway spans part of the length of the 1 mi (1.6 km)

The northern end of O.B.’s
waterfront is known as Dog Beach. It’s open 24 hours a day for leash-free dogs
and was one of the first such beaches in the United States (founded in 1972).

Ocean Beach and adjacent
Point Loma are home to a sizable population of feral
 and their offspring. The sub-tropical climate is
nearly ideal for parrots. The parrots, mostly Amazons,
are most active and vocal at sunrise and sunset.

Santa Cruz Ave is a street
in Ocean Beach, San Diego. This street begins at a cul de sac by Catalina Blvd,
and ends at a cliff side that has access to stairs that lead to the beach
below. At the bottom is a small cove named Santa Cruz Ave Cove, hidden from
other parts of the beach. This cove does have access from the Ocean Beach Pier
but only accessible during low tides. The community of Ocean Beach have noticed
that this place attracts lots of people which can have lots of consequences.
The biggest one that the community sheds light on is people being swept away by
the uneventful high strong tides that have dragged people out, leading in some