Located on California’s South Coast, Oceanside is comprised of palm tree-lined beaches rooted deep in surfing history. The area is famous for its jutting Oceanside Pier, a collection of surf shops and its easygoing beach vibes.
Things to do in Oceanside
Stroll down Oceanside Pier to see the longest wooden pier on the California coast. Watch the surfers catching waves, see fishermen reeling in the day’s catch or pair your meal with ocean views at Ruby’s Diner situated at the end of the pier.
For a dose of culture, visit the California Surf Museum. Explore the permanent exhibits that include a Brief History of Surfboards and Where’s the Surf, then check out the rotating temporary exhibitions, such as Surfing During the Vietnam War.
Spend an afternoon in the sun at Harbour Beach. Relax and unwind with your toes in the sand, rent a board to go surfing or head down to one of the jetties and drop your fishing line in the water. In the harbour, you can learn to sail, go deep-sea fishing or embark on a whale-watching expedition.
Enjoy a breath of fresh air at Guajome County Park, a local Oceanside gem. Go for a scenic hike along the seven kilometres of trails, throw a line into one of the fishing ponds or pack a picnic by the water.
Getting around Oceanside
McClellan-Palomar Airport is located less than a 15-minute drive from Oceanside. The city has buses that travel throughout the area, but the most convenient way to get around is by car.