We’re crazy about our beach areas here in San Diego, especially those with municipal piers. Aside from their picturesque beauty and the access they provide to incredible beach vistas, our piers are simply some of the world’s most iconic – making them some of our most visited local landmarks.
Did you know that the Ocean Beach Pier is the longest pier on the West Coast at 1,971 feet long, and the longest concrete pier in all the world?
The Ocean Beach Pier has been re-opened after work performed by the city to repair significant storm damage was completed in May, 2019. Located in the beach area closest to Alcazar Court, the OB Pier is a quick ride west on the I-8 and is found at the end of Niagra Avenue. Surrounded by fun and funky restaurants, bars and shops, a trip to the Pier is an opportunity for great people-watching, displays of local surfer talent as they ‘shoot the Pier’ by riding waves extremely close to its supportive pilings, and even antique shopping.
While you’re visiting the Pier, take a visit to the Walking on Water (WOW) Cafe, located literally on the Pier itself. How’s that for some of the best local views around? You can also fish off the Pier, without requiring a California sport fishing license and there is no cost to do so. The end of the Pier stretches to areas of San Diego kelp forest and to a depth of at least 25 feet, and puts anglers in reach of halibut, surf perch, sand bass, jacksmelt, sharks, mackerel, bass, and a variety of rays. The very end of the Pier gets you close to barracuda, yellowtail, and white seabass.
Be mindful that the California Department of fish and wildlife fishing regulations are enforced, so be aware of bag limits and angling methods.
The Ocean Beach Pier is located at 5091 Niagara Ave., San Diego, CA 92107.
The Pier and adjacent free parking lot are open 24 hours per day, daily.
Amenities include restrooms, benches, lights and free parking, a bait and tackle shop, fish cleaning station, and a shop that sells concessions.