Things to do in Oceanside, CA

Surf, Sand, and Sailing

Sadly, many of the visitors to Oceanside aren't coming for the great restaurants or friendly people.  All they want is sun, sand, and ocean.  That's not really that surprising, though, given Oceanside's natural bounty of all three of those things.  A perfect combination of climate, lovely beaches, and pure Pacific Ocean that makes for a great destination spot for surfers, sailors, and sunbathers.

Spend a day (or evening) at the beach

3.5 miles of pristine Pacific coast beaches await you.  Whether you want to surf, bodyboard, or just lay out in the warm California sun, the beach beckons.  Designated fire pits are also available, but its first come first served so you better get here early.

Go fishing

The Oceanside Pier is at just about the mid-point of Oceanside's beaches.  One of the the longest wooden piers on the west coast, it offers a great diner (Ruby's), beatiful views, and great fishing with no license required.  Call (760) 435-5041 for more information.

If its bigger fish you want to fry, check out the half day and all day excursions from the Oceanside Harbor.  Call  (760) 435-4000  for more information.

Enjoy the Oceanside Harbor

At the northernmost point of Oceanside's beaches lies the Oceanside Harbor.  Here you can find plenty to do, see, and eat.  Grab some lunch at Harbor Fish & Chips or check out the volleyball courts at the Harbor Beach.  Whale watching and fishing excursions also depart form this location. 

The Harbor also offers RV parking for those of you travelling in a 4 wheeled home.

For more information on the harbor check out the The Oceanside Harbor

History and Sightseeing

Oceanside, CA was incorporated as a city in the late 19th century.  But even before that, our town was racking up history.  Some of the more popular historical landmarks you can check out in Oceanside are the Mission San Luis Rey and the California Surf Museum.  And let's not forget the Oceanside Pier, smack dab in the center of Oceanside's beach front property.

Visit the Mission San Luis Rey

Founded in the late 18th century (1798 to be exact), the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a perfect example of the architectural style of the early Spanish missionaries of the California area, and is currently designated a national landmark.  Tours are offered 10-4 daily and a restaurant and gift shops are also in the compound.

 Check out the California Surf Museum

With exhibits featuring contemporary and historic surf memorabilia and  pictures, the California Surf Museum is a must-see while you're in Oceanside.  Located in the heart of downtown Oceanside, make sure you visit this mix of art and history featuring Oceanside's favorite sport.

Walk around Heritage Village Park

See Oceanside as it was a century ago at Heritage Village Park, featuring a turn of the century blacksmith, jail, and many other faithfully restored buildings.

Check out the Oceanside Sunset Market

Every Thursday in Oceanside catch the Oceanside Sunset Market from 5-9 (April-December) or 4-8 (January-March)  featuring international foods, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more!

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