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About Oceanside

oceanside, CA

Oceanside is a coastal city on California's southern coast and is the third largest city in San Diego county. Over 3.5 miles of white sandy beaches make Oceanside the ideal place for sunning, surfing, and sandcastle building. Take a leisurely stroll along the water or bring your pole for some great surf fishing. With plenty of parking and easy beach access, Oceanside is one of the finest beach areas on the west coast. Harbor beach alone offers more than 16 acres of clean level sand, and handicap “sand" wheel chairs are available for use at each lifeguard tower. 

 

Popular Attractions

The Arts and Culture scene in Oceanside is thriving.  Oceanside is a go-to destination for artists, hobbyists, vintage-shoppers, historians, outdoorsy folks and  beach-goers.  Oceanside has a rich history of beach lifestyle which is seen throughout most aspects of the city.  Oceanside has it’s very own California Surf Museum where you can walk yourself through the history of modern-day surfing.  Artists Alley has recently become the go-to spot for upcoming artists to have their work displayed. There's also a host of excellent adult and family-oriented attractions for all types of visitors, with places like the Disneyland California Adventure Park, Knott's Berry Farm, Museum of Making Music and the Aquatic Water Park drawing countless visitors and locals each year. There's also spots like Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego. 

 

Outdoor Fun

As a coastal city, Oceanside is an excellent environment for nature-loving visitors and locals. One of the most popular attractions is wildlife viewing. Whale and dolphin watching excursions are available year-round from the Oceanside Harbor, so you can enjoy a private trip with a few friends or join in with a large group to view some of the most amazing ocean wildlife in the world. After your excursion, you can enjoy any one of a number of great restaurants in the beautiful Harbor.

Whether you're into taking a beach cruiser around or prefer a day-long ride down to San Diego, Oceanside is a great place for bicycling enthusiasts. Oceanside is home to two bike trails: the San Luis Rey Bike Trail: Path along San Luis Rey River from College Blvd to Downtown Oceanside and the Coastal Rail Trail.

Don't like to bike? the city offers an endless list of excellent recreational opportunities geared to fit every lifestyle. The city boasts 4 golf courses, numerous tennis courts and over 6 miles of beachfront roadway just perfect for jogging or rollerblading. Known as a mecca for watersports, our 260 slip Harbor has a convenient boat launch area and offers services for boat, kayak and jetski rentals. Try your hand at surf fishing along our coastline, or simply drop a line off the end of our 1972 ft pier and wait for the fish to bite. Oceanside also hosts numerous amateur and professional surfing contests through out the year, as well as opportunities for scuba diving, golfing, paintball, sky diving and skating. 

You can also mingle with locals and experience Southern California’s bounty of locally grown produce and flowers at its morning farmer's market, as well as ocean views while browsing gourmet baked goods, pre-packed specialty foods and regional crafts.  

 

Campgrounds and Parks

Campers can look forward to a long list of excellent campgrounds in Oceanside, California, Paradise by the Sea being the most popular among them. The park is known for its excellent amenities and luxurious setting, but it's especially great for its location, just 30 minutes from attractions such as Sea World San Diego, The San Diego Zoo, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. RVers at the resort can also take advantage of the onsite amenities such as full hookup sites, big rig access, picnic tables, laundry facilities, fire pits, pool access, restrooms, showers and electrical hookups. There's also other parks like the Oceanside RV Park, Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA and a few public camping areas with more limited amenities. If you want to truly enjoy the outdoors during your stay in Oceanside, camp California!

 

Landmarks

Oceanside is known for its excellent ocean-oriented landmarks, making it a perfect spot for travelers who love history as much as they love the sea. Here are a few iconic areas in this iconic city. The historic Oceanside Pier is a prized community resource as well as a monument to its citizens' persistence in seeing that a pier remains a part of its oceanfront recreational facilities. At its current 1,942 feet in length, it remains one of the longest wooden construction recreational piers on the West Coast. From its reach, viewers can peer into the entrance channel of Oceanside Harbor, a 900 + boat recreational marina that sits along the northwest borders of the city. The pier is a recreational common ground for Oceanside, a place where young and old, fisherman and surfer, tourist and residents mingle, stroll, and sit to watch the waves or the sunset while enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

The Oceanside Museum of Art  (OMA) is a cultural jewel located in downtown Oceanside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the historic Oceanside Pier. The museum presents contemporary exhibitions from the region and around the world. OMA offers events, concerts, classes, lectures, and docent tours, and prides itself as a gathering place where friends meet to share and enjoy rich cultural experiences. 

The California Surf Museum is rising to the challenge of providing a strong link between the oceans, many ocean sports, and the lifestyles of the community. The museum is actively locating, collecting, documenting and preserving historic surfing related artifacts and memorabilia. Through a series of rotating exhibits, the California Surf Museum presents a varied picture of the many facet of surfing. 

At the absolute southern edge of Oceanside, you’ll find the Buena Vista Audubon Society’s Nature center. Sited on the Buena Vista Lagoon, the Center offers a variety of natural history experiences. In the course of an afternoon, you can walk amid native plants to see views of the lagoon and its bird life, discover tracks along the shore that reveal the night’s animal visitors, tour the garden of native plants, find the world’s tiniest mammals in one of the exhibits of local habitat, learn what endangered species live in the lagoon and challenge your children with nature games. 

 

There's plenty to experience and see in this beautiful city, so no matter what you enjoy doing, there's something that will pique your interest and if you just want to relax, there's plenty of beach areas, parks and wide open skies to relax and soak in the rays. Hope to see you soon!