For those who are new to surfing and those who are natural on a board, San Diego has a large community of surfing shops, beautiful beaches and warm, welcoming water! Ocean Park Inn is located only steps from the sand and we encourage all our guests to head outside and see all San Diego and the Pacific Ocean have to offer.
La Jolla Shores
Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
If you’re a beginner and hoping to try surfing for the first time, look no further than La Jolla Shores! The beach offers year-round lifeguarding services, facilities open to the public and a large parking lot in addition to street parking.
Here’s a tip: When walking through the water in La Jolla, shuffle your feet! Stingrays can sometimes be found in the water and shuffling your way into the water will clear your path. If you happen to see one, give yourself a little distance and enjoy watching them in their natural habitat.
Skill level: Intermediate
The beauty of Del Mar beaches is no secret, but they continue to be a prime location for surfing of any skill level. With sand bottom beach breaks and wide open space from Torrey Pines State Beach all the way to the river mouth, any surfer can catch their own wave!
Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
You don’t have to go far to find good surf! Take a stroll from your room right to the sand to find Pacific Beach and its warm water, unique breaks and friendly atmosphere. If you need to relax after a full day of being on the water, Pacific Beach’s downtown area also offers a wide variety of food and shopping at your fingertips. To learn more about PB, click here.
Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced
If you are hoping for more of a challenge, La Jolla’s Black’s Beach is one of the best gems of the area. Beneath the towering cliffs and hang glider port, the water covers the underwater Scripps Canyon. Watch out where you land your board, however; Black’s Beach is a famously nude beach!
Allow yourself to be inspired by surfers such as Bethany Hamilton, Alana Blanchard and many more skilled female surfers by enrolling in class with Surfer Girls! Less than a 5-minute walk from our facilities, Surfer Girls welcomes girls and women of any age to sign up for either a one-on-one or group lesson to learn the basics, or to brush up on your previous experience. They are open seven days a week, year round, so call in advance and book a session!
For information on their lessons, click here.
South Coast Surf Shop
Forgot some of your equipment at home? Or maybe you’re ready to finally commit to a board of your own? Swing by South Coast Surf Shop only a block from Ocean Park Inn and check out their selection of apparel, swimwear, shoes and accessories.
Monday-Saturday – 10AM-6:30PM
Sunday – 10AM-5PM
San Diego Surf School
Those new to the water and certified experts alike are invited to take lessons through San Diego Surf School, the highest rated surf school in the area! San Diego Surf School welcomes anyone to book a lesson and head out onto the water. Only a five minute drive from Ocean Park Inn, you can choose between their private lessons, group lessons or even sign up for a surf camp. Hang ten!
Single Fin Surf Grill
If getting in the water is not your style, you can still enjoy the ambiance of the ocean by eating at Single Fin Surf Grill! Sleep in and wander in for their breakfast menu, served until 2PM. If you’d prefer to spend your day on the waves, catch a few then come on in to sip on one of their signature cocktails.
Monday-Friday – 10AM-Midnight
Saturday-Sunday – 9AM-Midnight
OB Surf Lounge
Hoping for a quick bite while you’re waiting for the tide to turn? Drop in to OB Surf Lounge during their happy hour for $5 house wines, select drafts and biscuit sandwiches, or check out their delicious new dinner menu served nightly.
Monday-Thursday – 9AM-9PM
Friday – 9AM-10PM
Saturday – 8AM-10PM
Sunday – 8AM-9PM