Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego California


Ocean Beach Pier, the longest pier on the West Coast at 1971 feet, just under 1/3 mile long, has long been the anchor to this fun-loving region of San Diego that enjoys its own logo and identity as an authentic, funky beach town. It's been around since 1888 but the pier has existed in several locations and resurrections to the current rendition which came about in 1966.

Ocean Beach Pier

1950 Abbott St.

San Diego, CA

Fishermen love fishing in San Diego and Ocean Beach (OB) had no pier for nearly 15 years. The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is located at the south end of the beach and is entertainment center for the public. Locals and tourists enjoy strolling the pier to get a sweeping view of the surrounding bays and hills. There is a restaurant and bait shop on the pier ideal for those who've come to fish. A fishing license is not required on this pier or any public piers in California, though catch regulations are enforced 24 hours a day that the OB Pier is available for serious anglers.

The Ocean Beach Pier has been closed several times during its 40 year lifespan.  In 1991, close to $2 million was spent on repairs to this uniquely-shaped structure that heads straight into the Pacific Ocean, then makes a right angle turn.  Restrooms, bait and tackle shop, snack shop, fish cleaning stations, benches and lights, plus free 24-hour parking in a small parking lot near the foot of the pier make this a user-friendly venue. Access to the pier via a block-long public ramp is especially helpful to wheelchair or others with mobile challenges.


Ocean Beach is also known for its dog beach. There are over 40 hotels in the region that advertise pet-friendly policies. See the dog-friendly hotels!

How To Get There: From the north take I-5 to the Sea World Dr. exit and follow it until it turns off to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. From the south take I- 5 to the Nimitz Blvd. exit, then follow that road to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to Newport Ave., turn right and follow the road to the pier parking lot.

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