Oceanside, CA

Location: Oceanside is a beach city, located 35 north of San Diego. Oceanside is bordered on the north by Camp Pendleton and south by Carlsbad. (Map)

City Highlights

Oceanside ranks 5th most desirable in the world and 2nd in the US for best climate, with around 10 inches of rain per year and an average day time temperature of 69°F.

 

Throughout the year, you can find boating competitions and regattas at Oceanside Harbor and surfing competitions and exhibitions at popular surfing spots, including Harbor Beach and near the Oceanside Pier.

Activity Hubs

Oceanside Harbor Activity Hub
Oceanside Harbor, Harbor Beach, Harbor Beach Campground. Events: Oceanside Harbor Days, Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights.

 

Oceanside Downtown/Pier Activity Hub
Oceanside Municipal Pier, Pier View North, Pier View South, Tyson Street Park & Beach, The Oceanside Pier Plaza Amphitheatre, Oceanside Beach Recreation Center, Oceanside Museum of Art, California Surf Museum, Oceanside Historical Museum, Oceanside Historic Hwy 101 Shopping District, The Oceanside MainStreet Sunset Market, Oceanside Farmers Market. Events: Several events throughout the year.

Beaches

Harbor Beach
Breakwater Way
Pier View North
Pier View South
Tyson Street Beach & Park
Wisconsin Street Beach
Oceanside Blvd Beach
Buccaneer Beach
Oceanside has about 3 1/2 miles of wide, clean, sandy beaches, including Harbor Beach.

Attractions

SHORELINE PARKS

Tyson Street Park
Buccaneer Beach Park
Family-friendly. Tyson Street Park has playground, on beach; Buccaneer Park has gazebo and ball field.

 

SHORELINE CAMPGROUNDS

Harbor Beach Campground
Overnight campground for RVs and trailers in the north section of the parking area, next to jetty and harbor inlet.

 

PIERS / HARBOR

Oceanside Municipal Pier
One of West Coast's longest wooden piers. Popular fishing spot. Ruby's Diner is at the end of the pier.

 

Oceanside Harbor
Features two marinas, Harbor Village, a boardwalk, boat rentals and charters, and restaurants.

 

RESERVES / NATURE CENTER

Buena Vista Lagoon
223 acres of wetland habitat, a nature center and hiking trails.

 

Buena Vista Lagoon Nature Center
Extensive animal and plant exhibits, gift shop, library, and auditorium.

 

THEATRE / MUSIC / ART

The Oceanside Pier Plaza Amphitheatre
Hosts concerts and special events, especially in Spring and Summer. Located next to beach and pier.

 

Oceanside Museum of Art
Showcases regional and international artists. Building reflects classic Irving Gill design of 1930s.

 

Sunshine Brooks Theatre
Features original plays, cultural performances and music. Uses local talent.

 

MUSEUMS / HISTORIC PLACES

Mission San Luis Rey
Founded in 1798, San Luis Rey is the largest mission in Calfornia.

 

Heritage Park Village & Museum
Centers around an idyllic Main Street lined with many of Oceanside's original buildings.

 

California Surf Museum
Museum has exhibits of historical surfing photographs and equipment. 20,000 people visit museum each year. Includes gift shop.

 

Oceanside Historical Museum
Exhibits of memorabilia, photography and research archives represent local Oceanside history.

 

SHOPPING

Oceanside Historic Hwy 101 Shopping District
Several blocks of shops, restaurants and more in original buildings from the '50s and '60s.

 

Oceanside Harbor Village
Shop, eat, drink, play and fish at Oceanside Harbor Village, a cluster of small family-owned shops, restaurants and a sportsfishing center that line the boardwalk on the south side of Oceanside Harbor next to the iconic lighthouse.

 

FARMERS MARKETS

The Oceanside MainStreet Sunset Market
Four block venue in downtown, just north of pier. Includes live music and entertainment.

 

Oceanside Farmers Market
A smaller event, takes place north of the pier, on Thursday mornings.

Hotels

Oceanside Hotels, Oceanside Boutique Hotels, Oceanside Beach Hotels
Several small and mid-size economy hotels. Major resort near Oceanside Pier. Boutique hotels a block from beach. Small resort at Oceanside Harbor.

Events

Oceanside Day of Art
April
Strictly an artist venue. Over 100 artists representing sculpture, painting, ceramics, blown glass and more.

 

Oceanside Freedom Days Parade
Early July
See floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more. Evenet followed by a street faire.

 

World Bodysurfing Competition
Late August
Up to 400 competitors from around the world body surf for prizes and trophies. Located next to pier.

 

Labor Day Oceanside Pier Swim
Labor Day, September
Competitors from the entire west coast and beyond swim around the pier in this half-day event.

 

Oceanside Harbor Days
Early October
Features Pirates Plunder exhibition, vintage pirate ships, arts and crafts, food, live music, kids activities and more.

 

Oceanside Music Festival
October
Six music performances at different locations feature jazz, jive, country, classical and more.

 

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
December
Boats decked out in holiday lights cruise the harbor, as many people look on.