Located at the north end of Oceanside, Oceanside Harbor is San Diego County’s north most harbor, 37 miles north of San Diego and 83 miles south of Los Angeles.
The harbor has two sections: The southern section has a small commercial fishing fleet, sportsfishing, and watersports rentals. Helgren’s Sportsfishing, located at Harbor Village, has daily charters and rentals. The north section has a marina with slips for recreational boaters.
In all, the harbor has over 900 permanent slips with an average occupancy rate of over 90 percent. In addition, three yacht brokers provide boat sales, chandlery, maintenance, repair, charters and sailing instruction. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Point Hobart is based in the harbor.
The harbor has much to offer the 200,000 people who visit each year. For the recreational boater and sportfisher, there is a fuel dock, four lane launch ramp, bait receiver, slip rentals including electricity, water and newly reconstructed service buildings containing restrooms, showers, laundry facilities and coin operated water dispensing machines.
Oceanside Harbor has 50 transient slips for guest boaters, which are busy year-round.
Harbor Village is a collection of specialty shops, restaurants, and a sportsfishing center. The wood-framed buildings, steep shingle roofs, and lighthouse are reminiscent of an old fishing village.
All Oceanside Harbor restaurants are located in the south section, with the exception of one restaurant in the north section. On the south side, Harbor Village features Harbor Fish & Chips, Robin’s Nest Cafe & Ice Cream, Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina, Vinnie’s Harbor Sports Bar & Grill, and for dessert, Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Parlor. Other restaurants are Nautical Bean, Joe’s Crab Shack and Monterey Bay Canners. The Jolly Roger is the only restaurant located on the north side. No matter where you decide to eat, you’ll be surrounded by the low-key ambiance of the harbor.
Each September for two days, Oceanside Harbor Days draws thousands of visitors for the Mayor’s Cup Regatta (local town mayors race for a trophy), Nail ‘n’ Sail contest (a hilarious event where groups build boats from plywood and sail them on a short course race), exotic foods, craft vendors, music and entertainment and much, much more.
Each December, the City sponsors the annual Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights festivities. The parade begins at 7pm. Boats of all sizes, decored in holiday lights and ornaments circle the harbor while onlookers watch.
Nearby Attractions and Hotels
Oceanside Pier can be seen about a mile south of Oceanside Harbor. Just south of Oceanside Harbor is Harbor Beach, a wide, family-friendly, sandy beach with fire rings, picnic and barbecue areas, children’s play area and sand volleyball courts. Harbor Beach Campground, a small parking lot for RVs, located on the north side of Harbor Beach, next to the jetty.
Perched on a peninsula surrounded by the ocean and harbor, The Oceanside Marina Inn features views of the harbor, a pool, spa and sauna, and has primarily suite-style rooms with kitchens and fireplaces. Blue Whale Resort is just across the San Luis Rey River on Breakwater Way Beach.
All Oceanside Hotels
Oceanside Hotels, Oceanside Boutique Hotels, Oceanside Beach Hotels
Several small and mid-size economy hotels. Two resorts near Oceanside Pier. Boutique hotels a block from beach. Small resort at Oceanside Harbor.
Oceanside Harbor is served by its own 24-hour per day, full-time sworn safety Harbor Police Department, providing high quality, dedicated enforcement on both land and water for visitors, tourists and boaters. This specialized Department is trained in emergency medical procedures. Harbor Police non-emergency
Oceanside Harbor and Beach Maintenance
Slip Rentals and Guest Slips