Ocean Beach Park & Dog Beach Park

Newport Ave and Abott Street
Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA (map)

Ocean Beach Highlights

Ocean Beach Park & Dog Beach Park are located in Ocean Beach, CA, just south of the Mission Bay channel entrance. This is a wide beach about one mile long. The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is located at the south end of Ocean Beach Park & Dog Beach Park and is available to the public for walking and fishing. The Ocean Beach Pier Cafe and a bait shop are half way out along the pier. Fishing from the pier does not require a fishing license, but catch regulations are enforced.

Numerous restaurants, surf shops, and other commercial establishments are available near the south end of Ocean Beach Park & Dog Beach. The north end of the beach is primarily bordered by residential properties. A volleyball area can be found near the north end of Ocean Beach Park & Dog Beach.

 

One unique feature of Ocean Beach Park is Dog Beach Park, a sandy area at the north end. This is a dog run area where dogs are permitted without a leash at all hours of the day. Dog owners are responsible for control and clean-up of their dogs. Standard dog laws apply on other portions of Ocean Beach and are strictly enforced.

Events

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off Festival

(late June)
Vendors, live entertainment, food, and children's activities along Newport Ave to beach.

 

Fireworks display off the Ocean Beach Pier

(July 4)
The fireworks serve as the finale for the Ocean Beach Street Fair, an Ocean Beach tradition.

Amenities

Public restrooms with showers are located adjacent to the main lifeguard station at 1950 Abbott Street and adjacent to the parking lot on the north end of the beach at the west end of Brighton Avenue.

Regulations

Standard San Diego beach regulations apply, with the following modifications:

 

Beach fires

Containers for beach fires are generally provided during summer months and available on a first come, first served basis. The burning of rubbish is prohibited. Only wood, charcoal, or paper products may be used as fuel. Fuel for the fire may not exceed a height of more than twelve inches above the upper edge of the fire container. The fire must be extinguished before leaving the beach. Open beach fires outside containers are prohibited at all San Diego beaches.

 

Dogs

Dogs are permitted on the north end of the beach (Dog Beach) at all hours without a leash. Owners are responsible for control and clean-up of their pets.

 

Alcohol

No alcohol allowed

 

Water Activity Zones

This beach has separate water areas reserved for swimming and surfing. Check with lifeguards for details.

More Details

Parking

There are 298 public parking spaces (including three disabled spaces) in the public lot at the foot of Voltaire Street. This lot is adjacent to the north end of the beach and Dog Beach. There are 68 public parking spaces (including two disabled spaces) at the foot of Santa Monica Avenue adjacent to the main lifeguard station. There are 110 public parking spaces (including three disabled spaces) at the foot of Newport Avenue, adjacent to the Ocean Beach Pier.

 

Lifeguards

Lifeguards are staffed daily, year round at the main lifeguard station at 1950 Abbott Street. In summer, additional lifeguards are staffed along the beach in seasonal lifeguard towers. Lifeguards are generally on duty from 9:00 a.m. to dusk; but check with lifeguards for specific staff hours.

 

Contact San Diego Lifeguard Service
2581 Quivira Court, San Diego CA 92109
Urgent Business (619) 221-8800
Business (619) 221-8899
Fax office (619) 221-8858
Fax dispatch (619) 221-8881
Weather (619) 221-8824

 

Disabled Access

There is wheelchair access along the walkways at the south end of the beach and on the Ocean Beach Pier. A temporary rubber walkway is often available beside the main lifeguard station at 1950 Abbott Street to allow limited access over the sand. A special beach wheel chair, which requires an attendant, is generally kept at the main lifeguard station and available on a first come, first served basis at no charge.