Ocean Beach

Earlier names for O.B. include Mussel Beach, Mussel Beds, Medanos (Spanish for ‘dunes’), Palmer’s Place/Ranch, and Palmiro’s.[4]

The main street of business is Newport Avenue which has antique stores, restaurants, head shops, tattoo and piercing shops, coffee houses, bars, bike and surf shops, and an international youth hostel.[5] Ocean Beach has three schools – Ocean Beach Elementary (a K-4 public school), Sacred Heart Academy (a K-8 Catholic school), and Warren-Walker (a K-8 private school). The community also features multiple churches, a public library, a U.S. Post Office, an independent supermarket, a vegetarian food co-op, and other amenities. Recreational facilities include the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, Dusty Rhodes Park, and the Robb Field athletic fields[6] and skate park.[7]

Welcome to Ocean Beach, a small beach community a few miles northwest of downtown San Diego. OB is about as unpretentious as San Diego beach living gets. Sunny days are punctuated with the occasional jet roaring overhead, the barking of happy dogs partying at Dog Beach, waves pounding the coastline of Sunset Cliffs. It’s a place where Halloween and New Year’s Eve are high holy days, and the O.B. Chili Cook Off, the Christmas Parade, and the 4th of July fireworks show are annual traditions.

In many ways, it’s kind of a quiet sleepy place that time forgot. It’s one of the few places left in San Diego (or the rest of the country for that matter) where the shops are locally owned and managed, and there isn’t a Baby Gap and a Pottery Barn on every corner. Well, at least not yet. A few years ago Starbucks moved in, and it caused quite a controversy. Many communities would welcome a Starbucks – it means gentrification. For OBecians, it means homogenization, something that for the most part has not taken firm root in our beloved little community. And we like it that way.

Anyway, there’s a lot to be said for this funky little beach town, with its odd collection of antique stores, bars, Deadheads, restaurants, musicians, activists, bikers, artists, and feral cats. We may not all agree on everything, except that we all call OB our home.

 


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