Piers of San Diego

Piers are the perfect place to take a stroll, fish, marvel at the surfers below, or simply people-watch. Here is a listing of the beautiful piers of San Diego.

Piers of San Diego
Oceanside Pier

The Oceanside Pier is the second-longest pier in San Diego County. The pier is 1,942 feet long and is made of wide, sometimes uneven wooden planks. The pier was constructed back in 1888. Not long after its completion, a storm in 1890 destroyed nearly all of the pier requiring a major rebuild. This rebuild eventually took place in 1894 utilizing iron pilings to strengthen the pier with an extension added on in 1896, but eventually, that too was destroyed by heavy storms in 1902. It wasn’t until 1926 that the fourth pier was built, which famously drew over 20,000 people from all over Southern California to celebrate the grand opening. In total there have been six different pier structures with the last one completed in 1987. Unlike neighboring beach cities, visitors and locals alike can walk far out over the Pacific Ocean to watch surfing and sea life from a unique vantage point, and even fish without needing a permit.

At Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, you can rent one of 29 cottages on the pier. Make your reservations way ahead of time: 11 months for a summer reservation, minimum of four months for a wintertime stay.

  • The Ocean Beach Pier is the longest concrete structure on the west coast at 1,971 feet. 
  • A walk down the Imperial Beach Pier ends at the Tin Fish Cafe and with a view of Mexico.


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