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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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  • My boyfriend actually surprised me. We went to San Diego for the weekend , went to the zoo & went straight to Ocean beach for dinner. That place was so fun specially if you're into crafty , reggae and...  more »
  • We arrived at the beach in the late afternoon, we sat in the sand and we were admiring the scenery, while the afternoon was falling we saw an incredible sunset.
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  • Cute area, tons of antique shops that look like a lot of fun (when you aren't with a teen with zero interest). Beach surf looked good too.  more »

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