Spend a day at one of the most recognizable Ocean Beach landmarks the next time you visit the amazing coastline of San Diego! First opened in 1966, the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is the longest concrete structure of its kind on the West Coast. At nearly 2,000 feet long with a T-shape platform at the end, this wonderful destination offers awe-inspiring views of the water, excellent fishing opportunities, and so much more. Originally named the San Diego Fishing Pier, the OB Pier celebrated its fiftieth year in 2016. The next time you vacation in Ocean Beach, make time to visit this exceptional seaside attraction!
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Take a Scenic Stroll along the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier
If you’re looking for an excellent place to take a scenic walk by the shore, the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is a great choice. Whether you climb the rocks and weave through the tidepools under the pier, or stick to the area above, the pier offers an amazing view of Ocean Beach. The view of the sunset from the edge of the pier is simply stunning. You’ll want to have your camera out and ready to capture it!
Spend a Day Fishing
The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is an excellent place to spend the day fishing. In fact, when the pier was built, it was built with the specific purpose of providing local fisherman with a great place to enjoy this popular seaside activity. The pier’s long length allows for a full variety of inshore fishing. You can catch several different species of fish from the pier, including:
- Calico and sand bass
- Sand bass
- White seabass
Visitors do not need a fishing license on the pier. But, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife does enforce sport wildlife regulations like bag limits and angling methods. However, herring, often called the “Queen Fish” is so readily available that it does not have a catch limit!
The pier is open 24 hours per day for fishing. The OB Pier also has fish cleaning stations and a bait and tackle shop where you can rent fishing gear on site. If you’d like to check the fishing conditions or wind, wave, and tide forecast before you visit, check out the Ocean Beach pier cam.
Explore the Tidepools
If you visit the pier at low tide, make time to explore the amazing tide pools underneath the pier. When you do, you’ll find a beautiful area teeming with sea creatures, sandstone rock, and plenty of photograph opportunities. As you weave between the pools, you’ll see shore crabs, hermit crabs, sea anemones, and brightly colored fish, plus plenty of breathtaking scenery.
Dine at the Pier Cafe
After you work up an appetite from your walk on Ocean Beach or an afternoon of fishing, grab a bite to eat at the Ocean Beach Pier Cafe. Located at the midpoint of the pier, this delicious eatery offers simple seafood fare. You’ll find lobster tacos and fish ‘n’ chips, plus a great nautical ambiance and fantastic views of the water.
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