If Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High were to choose a place to chill in San Diego, it would definitely be Ocean Beach. With its laid back locals and eccentric personality, Ocean Beach is truly a local gem. The community, located west of Point Loma, is an advocate for local and sustainable business, all while providing diverse activities for locals and tourists alike.
Start the morning at Jake & Eggs, a pop-up restaurant that occupies the Sundara Indian Cuisine space during its off hours. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., it is just a few blocks from the beach. Start off with the homemade biscuit and jam, then dig into kimchi fried rice or sweet potato hash. Many of the menu items can be turned into a burrito for $.50 extra, because why not? It’s San Diego.
1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., 619.419.1207, jakeandeggs.com
Unleash creativity at Claytime Ceramics, a multimedia art studio. Whether it’s painting ceramic pieces, working with clay, painting and drinking wine or creating a mosaic masterpiece, Claytime Ceramics has an art experience for any level. The art studio offers art camps and parties for youth, plus various classes and walk-in sessions.
1863 Bacon St., 619.223.6050, claytime-ceramics.com
Pop in for a slice
What’s an Ocean Beach visit without grabbing a slice of pizza and ordering a beer from Pizza Port? This local hot spot has a guest beer menu that highlights local brews and daily specials on food and drinks. Check out its great lunch special here. Whether there for lunch or dinner, Pizza Port's iconic IPA, Swami’s, is a must-try as it was recently a runner up in a recent San Diego IPA beer bracket.
1956 Bacon St., 619.224.4700, pizzaport.com
Watch free spirits gather
To get a true feel for the people in O.B., hang around the Ocean Beach Veteran’s Plaza off Newport Avenue. There you'll find yogis, bubble blowers, musicians and many other free spirits doing what OBetians do — enjoying themselves. Chances are, the folks who flock to the grass have popped up on social feeds, but seeing them do their thing in person is another experience.
1900 Ocean Front St.
Take a trip to France
Ocean Beach is more than just casual eats and quick bites. For dinner, check out
kitchen + bar, a restaurant with a menu inspired by French cuisine. No need to travel to Paris for escargots or boeuf bourguignon, you can mispronounce French words in the comfort of this local restaurant.
4996 W. Point Loma Blvd., 619.224.2884, cohnrestaurants.com/bobeaukitchenbar
Dance it out
Ocean Beach might be laid back but it has the nightlife for music enthusiasts. Top off the day at Winston’s Beach Club, which invites a variety of musicians and groups from different genres and is open until 2 a.m. The dress code is telling of the neighborhood, no need to suit up or bring out the heels.
1921 Bacon St., 619. 222.6822, winstonsob.com
Need a place to crash?
Ocean Beach Hostel is for the adventurous travelers looking to meet others and be part of the Ocean Beach community. Its colorful exterior mirrors the eclectic individuals who pass through this lodge.
If shared spaces aren’t really your thing, The Inn at Sunset Cliffs offers a variety of rooms from single beds to spacey multi-roomed suites just a few feet away from the ocean.
1370 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., 619.222.7901, innatsunsetcliffs.com
Special note: If a day in Ocean Beach takes place on a Wednesday, make sure to check out the farmers market located on Newport Avenue, where local vendors sell food, produce and handmade crafts.