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Ocean Beach, San Diego

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Ocean Beach is a beachfront neighborhood of San Diego, California.GeographyOcean Beach lies on the Pacific Ocean at the estuary of the San Diego River, at the western terminus of Interstate 8. Located about 7mi 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.HistoryThe beach's initial name was Mussel Beach, for the mussels available there. Its current name, Ocean Beach, was given in 1887 by developers Billy Carlson 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.
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  • October 1, 2017
    This beach is stunning. It goes for miles and miles (or at least appears to) and is so inviting for a swim. The suburb around it also incredibly eccentric and quirky. Nice one.  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Great place to body surf, lay on the beach or walk/bike the strand and eat, drink, and be merry. Very crowded during the day, it has great running trails in the morning. A great place for entire famil...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    I spent my first night in San Diego watching the surfers and sunset from the pier and it was perfect! Plenty of good restaurants to walk to, a brewery or two and Lighthouse Ice Cream shop for waffle i...  more »

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Offering accommodations at a wide range of price levels, San Diego is one of the easiest cities to stay in, regardless of whether you're simply passing through or hanging around for a long vacation. If you don't mind splurging, book your stay at a luxury downtown hotel or a lavish bayside resort. You can also rent a spacious private cottage within walking distance of the city's popular beaches. For a more affordable alternative, try a family-friendly hostel or quaint inn in a quiet residential area.
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