Ocean Beach Things to Do Tips by lmkluque
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The City of San Diego has many regulations on the subject of dogs in public areas and that includes beaches. As a community, OB has opened part of it's beach area for their beloved dogs, and call it Dog Beach.
Dog Beach is one of two places in San Diego that you can take off the leash from your puppy and let him/her run FREE on the sand or in the water!!
You must keep the leash on from your car in the parking lot until you hit the beach, but then Fido can take off like the wind. You must be "in control" of your dog and clean up any mess made. "Leave Only Paw Prints" is all they ask.
Dog Beach is located at the end of Voltaire Street and north of the jetty, so be sure your dog stays in that area only. When you pull into the parking lot for Dog Beach there is a sign that lists the regulations expected. At the entrance to the beach is the Dog Beach sign. It is a big paw and on it you can put up notices regarding dogs.
On the corner of West Point Loma Boulevard and Voltaire Street, next to the Dog Beach parking lot is the Ocean Villa Inn, a motel that accepts dogs traveling with their guests. I've given more info in the Accommodation Tips section of this page for those interested in traveling with their pet.
East of Dog Beach on Voltaire Street is "The Dog Wash!" The ideal solution for anyone who wants to clean their pet before getting back into the car or going home.
In other areas of OB the standard dog laws apply and are strictly enforced.
Address: At The End Of Voltaire Street$b
One of the most memorable experiences I had as a child was going to the tidepools during low tide and seeing sea animals caught in the pools of water, in the rock depressions on the beach, left over from when the tide was high.
In the third grade we went on a field trip to the tide-pools and I brought home a baby octopus and a baby seahorse!!! It was about a year or two earlier that I had become aware of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." I wondered what I'd do with my octopus when it grew as big as in the movie.
Of course, the shame of it was the fact that neither the baby octopus nor the baby seahorse lasted longer than a day or two. Since that time, there have been National, State and City laws prohibiting the removal of any sea life from these tide pools.
It is highly unlikely that you will see a baby octopus or a baby seahorse, I've not seen them for many years and I don't really know why. Usaually at the tide pools the most common sea animals that are seen these days are mussels, hermit & kelp crabs, purple sea urchin, sea anemone and more rarely the Starfish.
When planning a trip to the tide-pool, make sure the tide is at it's lowest. The weather reports on the TV News will give out that info as well as the SD Union-Tribune or go to the website given below to know when to check out the tide pools.
Besides this small section in OB, there is a larger tidepool area in Point Loma just before reaching the Cabrillo National Monument and there is a tide-pool in La Jolla.
Address: Under The South Side Of The OB Pier
4 March 2006 OB Kite Festival
Visiting OB during the week is peaceful and though there is always something to see and do, there isn't much in the way of crowds, which is the way I prefer it.
However, if you like lots of activity, plan a weekend trip to OB or come in the evening on a Wednesday the OB Farmer's Market starts a four.
Check the website listed below to see if any of the following events will be held during your visit to San Diego. The Surfer Bowl, the OB Kite Festival, A Beach Cleanup day, the Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival, an Annual Ocean Beach Fireworks off the Pier, San Diego's Ocean Beach Antique Fair & Classic Car Show, an Annual Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, the Pier Pancake Breakfast, the Taste of OB Restaurant Walk, and at Christmas time, the OB Tree comes to town Community decorates the tree December 1st, OB Craft Fair OB Holiday Bazaar, December 11th-16th OB Food & Toy Drive are all events going on throughout the year in Ocean Beach and if you're in the area, have fun!!.
Address: , 4726 Santa Monica Ave. Ocean Beach
Phone: (619) 531-1527
Surfing is a popular sport in OB and I will have more about it in the Sports Section, but just watching these, mostly, experienced surfers weave in and out of the pilings under the pier can be thrilling.
The closest I've gotten to surfing is riding a boogie-board and I know how much fun it is to catch a wave and ride it to the shore. To stand on a surfboard and ride bigger waves farther, is more than thrilling, it is courageous and requires practice, skill and persistence.
It doesn't matter if it's early in the morning, during the winter or just after a storm you will most likely see at least a few dedicated surfers floating in the waves waiting for the big one and then riding it in. As long as I've lived here and as many times as I have seen this it is still mesmerizing.
Areas of the beach are marked to keep swimmers and surfers from bumping into each other. Make sure you know which place to be in, it's safer that way. But if you really want a "birds-eye" view, watch from the pier.
Address: 1950 Abbot Street
Directions: A block south of New Port Avenue
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