Recently, Rudaroo moved to a coastal suburb of San Diego known as Ocean Beach. Affectionately referred to as OB, this neighborhood is unlike any other place on Earth. The wild parrots that make their rounds at sunrise everyday are our alarm clocks. During conversation we celebrate the OB Pause every few minutes as planes interrupt our thoughts. And don't get me started about traffic (there's none on the beach)! Atop it all, the sheer beauty of this place and the attitude of the people who live here bring a unexpected and unique, neighborly element for the Rudacrew.
The OB Pier is 1,971 feet long making it the longest concrete pier on the West Coast. Built for local fisherman it is now visited by over half a million tourists each year. There are some easy-access tide pools located under the pier where you will find a plethora of sea creatures. Check out the OB Tide Table, then take a southerly trail from the tide pools towards Sunset Cliffs: a place known as one of the best spots in California to view the suns daily departure. This trail takes credit for introducing most of the members of the Rudacrew.
The fact that it's a traffic nightmare to get out of OB every day is a blessing and a curse. It creates a sort of bubble, the makings for a small town feel in the middle of a big city. Just add beach living and you have what makes the people of OB the most genuinely friendly people you'll ever meet. Not that shallow, southern hospitality-style friendliness, but the type of kindness that comes from a genuine love and respect for all people. OBtians are the perfect example of the work-hard/play-hard lifestyle. These folks surf or do yoga to start their days before heading in to work at coffee shops and boutiques. Then, after their shift, they head to a local brewery for a couple pints before the weekly (Wednesday) OB Farmer's Market, followed by the drum circle on Abbott and Newport (also every Wednesday), and ending with new friends at a bonfire on the beach. It's the kind of day that most people expect on vacation (minus the work part), and we get to live it!
Newport Avenue and its side streets have some of the coolest shops, eateries and bars in all of San Diego, and every single one is more than affordable. There are 7 breweries in the 742 acres that make up OB (about 1 square mile), and 6 of them are located on or within one block of Newport Ave. A true staple of OB is Hodad's, known to have one of the best burgers in California. South Beach Bar and Grill is a frequent stop for the Rudacrew, especially on Taco Tuesday or Thursday where you can get two huge tacos and a beer for under 10 bucks! The best place to grab your morning cup of joe is The Coffee Method, where hand-crafted beverages meet floral arrangements for a relaxing atmosphere. Get a badass, new look for your hair over at The Electric Chair (featured in Almost Famous). Happy Hour at Sunshine Saloon is from 5-6pm everyday and offers all pitchers half-off. There's even an ice cream shop where you can get an ice cream sandwich made with blueberry waffles and bacon!
Coming to Ocean Beach has been a dream come true. We are incredibly lucky to live in a place of such humbling beauty among people who we can grow and flourish with as we navigate through this crazy world on a path to happiness and success. Hope you can come visit us here soon!