Ocean Beach, San Diego vacation rentals are popular with thrill-seeking vacationers. Ocean Beach is just across the bay from SeaWorld and close to other attractions as well, such as Old Town San Diego. This neighborhood also has its own draws; it has a charming historic core, one of the most popular beaches in the city and lots of local businesses to check out. If you’re looking to spend some time close to your rental during your vacation, consider these ideas.

  1. Learn How to Surf
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    Surfing is one of the most popular activities in the area. If you want to get the full Ocean Beach experience, rent a board and take a lesson.

  2. Wander the Ocean Beach Cottage Emerging Historic District
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    Ocean Beach is filled with Craftsman-style bungalows. Walk around and admire architecture ranging from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. You can get self-guided walking tour brochures through the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association.

  3. Go for a Walk on the Pier
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    Ocean Beach’s pier is one of the longest on the West Coast. Be sure to stroll its entire length and treat yourself to a bite to eat when you get to the end.

  4. Pick Up Some Food at the Farmers’ Market
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    Ocean Beach has a farmers’ market each Wednesday. This is the place to grab some produce to cook meals in your San Diego vacation rental kitchen, and you can also try street food delicacies from around the world.

  5. Look Out for Tide Pools
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    When the tide goes out, you can find lots of tidal pools around the pier. If you’re willing to explore further, head south to Point Loma to see pools teeming with sea life.

  6. Hike Around Sunset Cliffs

    Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is just south of Ocean Beach, and it’s an ideal place to go for a short hike. These rocky cliffs offer coastal views, giving you lots of memorable photo ops.

  7. Go Shopping on Newport Avenue
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    Newport Avenue is the business district in town, so you’ll find lots of local businesses. Stock up on your beach gear or pick up something comfortable to wear in the southern California heat.

  8. Lounge on the Beach
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    Ocean Beach offers long stretches of sand, making it a great place to set up a chair or towel and relax for an afternoon. After busy days of vacation sightseeing, you should treat yourself to some rest and relaxation during your San Diego trip.

  9. Check Out Some Live Music

    Ocean Beach was a big draw during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, and it still maintains a lot of its bohemian flair. Several bars and clubs in town have live music, so you should see at least one concert while you’re in town.

  10. Grab Some Mexican Food
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    If you go out for one meal while you’re staying in Ocean Beach, make sure it’s at a Mexican food joint. San Diego is just across the border from Mexico, so Ocean Beach boasts various restaurants with this style of cuisine.

  11. Antiques and Hippie Shops
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  12. Ocean Beach has a nice collection of antique stores along Newport Avenue, where you can find everything from chairs and lamps to garden statues. Many other little clothing and creative shops have a distinct 1960s and 1970s feel, as they feature glass beads, handmade clothing, woven items, records and smoking paraphernalia.