Surfing in San Diego, California, USA

Surfing in San Diego is both fun and challenging.  There are lots of great surf spots to choose from from but also lots of crowds at the most popular places.  This write-up is for Ocean Beach which usually holds the most consistent surf and largest since it kind of juts out the farthest into the ocean.  Also, I spent a summer here as a college student so it's near to my heart.

Surf

Break Type:  Beach

Gear: Wetsuit

Ambience:  This is an urban beach.  Expect to see homeless people and rowdy teens here.  If you're not into that then don't come here, go to La Jolla or Coronado.  NOTE:  There is a great dog beach here if you are traveling with the pooch.

Main Surf Spot:  Ocean Beach Pier

Link to current conditions: Surfline

Logistics

Public Parking:  Yes. Park here.  Or you can find street parking.

Public Showers:  Yes. 

Public Restrooms:  Yes.

Transportation:  Need a car.

Nearest Airport:  Nearest Airport:  San Diego (SAN).

Alternative Surf Spots

Coronado Beach is about 30-45 minutes from here.  It's a better beach for hanging with kids and getting away from the city life.  The surf is pretty good here unless it's a steep north swell.

Area

Lodging:

Ocean Beach Hotel

Food:

Hodad's Ocean Beach

Bravo's Mexican Bistro & Cantina

The Holding Company

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