If you visit Ocean Beach in anything more than beach gear and flip-flops, there is a very real danger of being overdressed. Casual and colorful, Ocean Beach is San Diego’s land of hippies, surfboards, street music and weekend BBQs. And let’s not forget some pretty good-looking — er, hard-working — lifeguards.
This community is punctuated by older one-story homes, wild lawns, hand-painted fences, and open doors. There is an ever-present aroma of weed, and the number of dogs on the street sometimes ties the number of humans.
The Ocean Beach Farmers Market is hosted every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. running east and west along several blocks of Newport Avenue, and is one of the most diverse in San Diego. It features food from some of the city’s best restaurants, flowers, spices, crafts, and live music.
In addition, Ocean Beach is home to several bars, antique stores, the famous OB Hostel, a very popular dog beach and restaurants galore — including the late Mike Hardin‘s Hodad’s, one of the best burger joints in town. The OB Pier is great for walking and fishing.
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Editor’s note: Welcome to our newest column, Progressive San Diego! We received an email from Dave, a reader in Liverpool, UK, who’s visiting San Diego later this year. He had one simple question: What are some progressive places to visit?
That got us thinking. There’s nothing really available online that’s broad and comprehensive with regard to San Diego’s progressive history and locales — a directory of sorts. We want to change that.
And so each month we will feature a person, place or thing that has done something to contribute to our important cause and culture. Given our time and resource restraints, each feature will be short and sweet, or pulled from other sites with permission. Please feel free to add information in the comments. We would love this to be organic and ever evolving.
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