The Ocean Beach Pier

May 30, 2010 by Lisa Newton

As promised in yesterday’s article about Ocean Beach, here’s a closer look at the Ocean Beach Pier. I don’t know what it is about the Piers in San Diego, but I’m truly attracted to them.

Christened in 1966 with the stated purpose of being a fishing spot, the Ocean Beach Pier quickly became a tourist destination.

Before the completion of the Pier, fisherman needed a way to prevent their fishing lines and lures from getting tangled in the vast kelp and rock beds that lie near the surface of the water near the shores.

The Ocean Beach Pier solved this problem by providing fisherman 25-30 feet of water to avoid the shoreline kelp, thereby enabling them to catch various species of fish that lives in deeper waters.

Extending 1971 feet into the ocean it’s the second longest pier on the west coast. The Ocean Beach Pier is purported to be the longest concrete pier in the world. With its unique T-shape at the end, it adds an additional 360 feet to the south and 193 feet to the north. Naturally, the Ocean Beach Pier has become a popular tourist destination.

If you’re a surfer, surfing here requires a fair amount of skill as the rip tides can be significant, and unless you’re an expert surfer, don’t “shoot the pier.” It could potentially be a matter of life and death.

When Travelin’ Local in San Diego, especially during the summertime, hanging out in the OB, is part of the laid back culture down here.

So, when you plan your next trip to San Diego, be sure to include Ocean Beach and its Pier in your itinerary.  Oh, by the way, of course, you can walk to the end.  I haven’t included any photos of that yet, so keep coming back for that  surprise.

Here’s a few more interesting facts about the Ocean Beach Pier:

  • Ocean Beach Pier was originally named the San Diego Fishing Pier. The original plaque is still there.
  • The pier has over 500,000 visitors per year.
  • Many people believe the Ocean Beach Pier is the longest pier in CA. It isn’t. At 1971 feet it is the longest concrete pier on the west coast. The pier at Santa Cruz is 2745 feet.
  • The 1st fish caught on the pier was an 8-inch perch, first thought to be a type of sunfish. The 2nd and 3rd fish caught were a gray shark and a crab.
  • The most common fish you may witness being caught from the pier are herring (often called queenfish). Currently, there’s no limit on how many you can catch.
  • Then CA governor Edmund G. Brown, made the first cast off the OB Pier and reportedly fished for 5 minutes. As he fished, a large cabin cruiser with a banner reading “Reagan for Governor” circled the corner of the pier. Brown caught nothing and was defeated in November. (Coincidence?)
  • Currently, no fishing license is required on the pier.
  • In 1991 over $2 million was spent on the pier to repair damages caused by winter storms. Source: Ocean Beach MainStreet Association

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4 Responses to “The Ocean Beach Pier”

  1. Adventure-Some Matthew says:

    What a wonderful picture! Thank you for sharing it and giving us some factoids about the pier itself. Whenever I next visit San Diego, I will be making it a point to visit the pier.

    Can’t wait to see what is at the end of it!
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    Lisa Newton Reply:

    @Adventure-Some Matthew, It’s a great place. I’m sure you’ll have a good time.


  2. Jan says:

    Love the pier shot. Great idea.


    Lisa Newton Reply:

    @Jan, Thanks, Jan. It’s definitely a great place to visit.


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