San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 30, 2022
Our morning in Ocean Beach didn't turn out exactly as planned.
|OB Municipal Pier was officially christened in 1966 as the San Diego Fishing Pier.|
We enjoyed a walk on the OB Pier. I have read that this pier is one of the most visited landmarks in San Diego. It extends 1,971 ft into the ocean and is said to be the longest concrete fishing pier on the west coast. Herring is the most common fish caught from the pier and you can catch as many as you can carry...there is no limit ! The pier is a "T" shape. The "T" is undergoing construction so our walk ended at the cafe. The views from the pier seem endless. This photo captures Mission Beach all the way to La Jolla (I think) and maybe even beyond.
We watched a pod of about eight dolphins swimming...
and enjoyed the efforts from the surfers.
By this time, we had hoped the sun would have warmed the day more and that a low tide would invite a beach walk. Neither of those happened.
We did however take a stroll down Newport Avenue. Newport Ave. is a three-block shopping district lined with the tallest, skinniest palm trees ever. Coffee shops, vintage shops, ice cream parlors, microbreweries and restaurants all add to the casual feel and small-town charm in this historic beach community.
The store fronts, like this coffee shop porch, add lots of colorful and artsy vibe.
Murals are painted everywhere. The effort began in 1999 as a way to beautify OB and instill a sense of pride. The artists have captured the essence of a seaside town with themes that range from surfing to cars, and flag-waving Americans.
|A self-guided walking tour of the murals can be downloaded|
Lunch at OB is always a treat. Hodads - The World's Greatest Burger is right there on Newport Ave and they do smell yummy, but my choice remains South Beach Bar and Grill. It has been a favorite since we spent a morning with Lisa and Hans back in 2017 and had lunch there. For me it is all about the oysters. First, fresh oysters (The quac, salsa and seasoned chips Joe gets are pretty dang good too!)...
followed by fried oyster tacos.
|And I ate every morsel of this mouth watering yummy concoction !|
Chula Vista Marina
I love taking photos at a marina. It's like a special neighborhood for small boats to huge yachts all docked together just waiting. So, we jumped at the chance to join Ronnie and Carol for lunch at the Galley at the Marina which overlooks the bay.
this photo at 2:15 pm
and this photo at 2:18 pm.
|The metal sculpture, titled The Fisherman, was added to the park in 2006 as part of the Port of San Diego Tidelands Collection.|
Gorgeous windswept trees...
and views of the Bay Bridge and Coronado Island sure give this park a captivating charm in addition to being a place to play.
I have always enjoyed the ocean and beach. Growing up my family spent many vacations in Florida along the Atlantic coast and Joe and I and our family enjoyed many vacations along the Gulf. When deciding to travel full-time back in 2012, I knew the Pacific Coast was a "must go there" destination. There is something mighty and majestic about the ocean that is certainly a draw for this small-town Georgia gal.
We still plan to travel in the MH as that is the only way we can enjoy travels with the pups. But out goals have changed. Vacations to explore our home state of Arizona are in the works...there really is a lot to see and do and we have only scratched the surface.