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Staying in Ocean Beach

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Staying in Ocean Beach

Hi

We will be visiting SD in August for three nights with our two sons (15 and 13). We're staying in Ocean Beach, on Narragansett Avenue, between Bacon St and Cable St.

I understand that OB can be a bit edgy, but it seems to be a safe enough area from what I can see. We'll be doing a lot of driving on our three week trip, so I'm hoping to leave the car alone as much as possible.

Is it easy to travel around SD by trolley/bus? What beaches would people recommend we visit? Are there nice places to eat in OB - any recommendations?

Cheers!

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1. Re: Staying in Ocean Beach

Hi,

I tried to write you earlier but the site was screwy and wouldn't let me post!

Ocean Beach is a locals community that is perfectly safe. Like our other beach communities it has its share of homeless folks but they won't bother you.

It also has some back to the 60s sorts of hippie shops/types around too.

It also has a great farmer's market on Wed evenings and a food coop and lots of antique stores. There is also a looonng pier with tide pools to explore just south of it.

For low key restaurants some folks like Pizza Port but we find it loud.

Others will tell you that Hodad's is a great burger joint but we don't wait in lines so don't go there. Nearby we like the 3rd Corner wine bar/bistro and maybe Beau Bos.

There's a restaurant with a sea view on the top floor facing the beach that recently changed hands and I don't know the new name. Perhaps someone else can tell you about it.

I would expect you to use your car to get around to tourist sights and other beaches.

This area is served by one bus line and driving here in San Diego is the main way to get around the city! It will be a short maybe 15-20min. drive to most tourist locations from your rental.

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Just want to add there are 2 main bus routes from Ocean Beach.

This one goes to downtown on week days only:

transit.511sd.com/Services/Route.aspx?r=923

This one goes to the Old Town transit center:

transit.511sd.com/Services/Route.aspx?r=35

From either of those locations you can get train or light rail (trolley) that goes to other spots.Most of us would just drive if we had a car .

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3. Re: Staying in Ocean Beach

Hodads and Pizza Port for sure...sons will love the restaurants.

Try Hodads around 2-4 on weekdays, usually not much of a line then.

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4. Re: Staying in Ocean Beach

My nephews grew up there surfing. Yes, it's a bit gritty and hippyish but my Mom in her 80's went to her hairdresser right on Newport Blvd for a few years and then would eat lunch after. She never had a problem.

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Hi all. Thanks for the responses. I had issues with the site too (hence my original message being posted three times!).

I've been to SD before but a LONG time ago. I think I went to Mission Beach then. Does it have a roller coaster there?

What else would people recommend for teenagers? I remember Balboa Park, which was great. Is La Jolla worth a visit? Coronado? Old Town?

We often like just exploring cities without too much of a plan but I guess it would be good to have some kind of an idea of what to visit!

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6. Re: Staying in Ocean Beach

Yes, there's a rollercoaster at Mission Beach in Belmont Park.

Yes, Coronado, La Jolla, Old Town, Balboa Park are all worth a visit. With a little research you can decide what you think your kids will like best.

Would they like to see the USS Midway on our Downtown Bayfront?

http://www.midway.org/

Just a stroll away is the Maritime Museum

http://www.sdmaritime.org/

http://www.belmontpark.com/

http://coronadovisitorcenter.com/

http://www.balboapark.org/

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7. Re: Staying in Ocean Beach

Excellent, thank you. I think we will add a few things to our wish list and see how our mood takes us. We'll be coming towards the end of our vacation so will want to find a balance between sightseeing and chilling out at the beach. Can't wait!

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<<<What else would people recommend for teenagers?>>>

Padres game if they are in town the days you are here.

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9. Re: Staying in Ocean Beach

not too far from there - off of sunset cliffs blvd & santa cruz - is sunset cliffs. it's a really nice spot. walk down the steps and have a seat on the rocks and enjoy the view and sunset, if you go at that time. i like going about 2 hours before high tide. romantic little spot...maybe let the kids have a night alone and you and hubby go out for a romantic picnic on the cliffs.

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A Padres game is a good idea.

Also on our downtown bay front (near the USS Midway) you can get a 1 or 2 hr harbor cruise. I prefer the 1 hr North cruise because it's more scenic and you can see North Island Naval Station. The South cruise passes by several shipyards with ships either docked or in dry dock for repairs. If your kids like boats/shipsI it might be of interest.

http://www.flagshipsd.com/harbor-tours

The same company has a speedboat tour

http://www.flagshipsd.com/patriot-speed-boat

Hornblower also offers the same harbor tours.

There's also the speedboat adventures tours