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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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  • I recently visited the main street in Ocean Beach with a younger cousin visiting from England. We ate at the newer, hip breakfast republic at the top end of the street which totally made the trip wort...  more »
  • It's far from downtown, so to arrive, you use the bus (excellent 923 which brings you right in the heart of the sea). Cute little shops and some at good prices. People of all ages and backgrounds wander with skate, surf, soft drink or dog leash ... all smiling and the Sun. Everyone talks with everyone. The beach is equipped with area both for surfing is for tanning. Lawn and benches or sand and waves. You can choose!
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  • An alternative site, in the late afternoon several people go to the square in front of the beach and start doing art demonstration. Good place to watch the sunset.
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