Destination guide

Ocean Beach, San Diego _ the real O.B.

Just south of the San Diego River, Ocean Beach is an eclectic beachfront neighborhood with a relaxed, bohemian vibe. Along the central Newport Avenue, you'll find vintage shops, quirky eateries, and plenty of bars, as well as local artists' studios and galleries. Surfing is popular here, and you can enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking, or a rousing game of over-the-line _ a local favorite. Plus, your Ocean Beach vacation rental will put you just a stone's throw from local sights like SeaWorld San Diego and the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Things to do

If I could turn back time in Ocean Beach

Only a few miles east, the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park feels worlds away from the shops and taquerias of Ocean Beach. Here, you can stroll through an open-air history museum that offers a one-of-a-kind perspective on local life in the early 19th century. The park boasts burros and a working smithy, and it also hosts regular events and seasonal celebrations throughout the year. And at the Women's Museum of California, you'll find several lifetimes worth of memorabilia from history's most baller ladies, all in an ex-Navy training facility.


Each one beach one in Ocean Beach, San Diego

First up: you'll definitely want to hit the beach. The broad, sandy shoreline includes plenty of areas for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing, as well as a scenic pier that's popular for fishing. And if you can't bear to leave the pup at home, head to the Ocean Beach Dog Beach, a pet-friendly stretch of sand where your doggo is more than welcome to run off-leash 24 hours a day. At Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, you'll find stunning clifftop vistas, parklands, and sea caves. The neighborhood also holds a regular farmers market with vendors and live music.


Walking on sunshine in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Like the rest of San Diego _ and much of Southern California in general _ Ocean Beach has a mediterranean climate, which means warm summers, mild winters, and lots of sunshine throughout the year. Summer highs hover around 78 degrees in August and September, with winter averages dipping down to 65 between December and March. With its sunny, pleasant climate, San Diego is a popular destination throughout the year, and you'll find that prices for Ocean Beach vacation rentals tend to stay about the same from season to season.

Natural features

San Diego's scenic, seaside Ocean Beach

Sand, surf, sun, sea _ well, you get the idea. Ocean Beach features a broad, sandy beach just south of the San Diego River, where you'll find ample space for surfing, fishing, and sunbathing. Just south of your Ocean Beach vacation rental, you can stroll the 68-acre Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, which boasts sea caves, grassy parks, and waterfront cliffs that offer picture-perfect views of the sunset over the Pacific. The area is home to several species of shorebirds, and you can regularly spot wagtails, terns, and frigatebirds along the area's shoreline.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Ocean Beach

The nearest airport is in San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.), located 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 7.6 mi (12.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Ocean Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 440 vacation rentals near Ocean Beach. From 144 Houses to 164 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ocean Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ocean Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ocean Beach:

  • Mission Beach: 1,360 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 766 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 1,059 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay: 1,640 vacation rentals
  • North Pacific Beach: 656 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ocean Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ocean Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ocean Beach Farmers Market: 5,347 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Convention Center: 1,656 vacation rentals
  • Del Mar Beach: 1,063 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Zoo: 4,486 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach Park: 5,692 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ocean Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ocean Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 144 Houses in Ocean Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ocean Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 164 rentals available
  • Cottages: 77 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 77 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ocean Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 22 vacation rentals with pool available in Ocean Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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