Oceanside is a large city on the Pacific coast of northern San Diego County, California.
address: 928 N Coast Hwy
By planeMost commercial passengers land at San Diego International Airport (SAN). Take San Diego Transit's Route 992 bus from the airport to the Santa Fe Depot and connect to the COASTER or the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.
The next closest airport is John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County. From Santa Ana, Tustin, or Irvine, take the Pacific Surfliner or the Metrolink Orange County Line. Further north is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Oceanside AirportFor private pilots.
Nearby McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in Carlsbad serves general aviation.
By carOceanside is located at the intersections of Interstate 5 and California State Highways 76 and 78.
Oceanside is well-connected by train. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner travels south to San Diego and north to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, with several trains stopping in Oceanside each day.
Oceanside is also the northern terminus of the COASTER regional rail line to San Diego, and the southern terminus of Metrolink's Orange County Line which heads north through Orange County to Los Angeles. A new light rail line, the SPRINTER, links Oceanside with Escondido to the east.
- North County Transportation District (NCTD) is the main transit service in the area and operates the local BREEZE bus service.
- College Blvd., Mission Avenue, El Camino Real, Coast Highway, Vista Way, and Oceanside Blvd. are the major arteries in Oceanside, as well as I-5, CA-76, and CA-78.
- You can walk anywhere downtown if arriving by train or bus. Many restaurants, a 16-plex movie theater, and the beach are within a few blocks.
- A good draw for Oceanside is its sandy ocean beach with convenient facilities, multiple lodging options, and a good amount of accessible parking.
phone: +1 760 757-3651address: 4050 Mission AveDating back to 1798, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is the eighteenth and largest of the 21 California missions. It was the ninth and last mission founded by Fermin Lasuen. Owing to the size of its physical plant and its land grant, as well as its success in converting neophytes, it received the moniker "The King of the Missions". The oldest pepper tree in California was planted in San Luis Rey's courtyard. During the Mexican-American War, its alcalde (governor) was Sacagewea's son John Baptiste Charbonneau. It was rebuilt between 1895 and 1905 under the direction of Father Joseph O'Keefe. A museum on site has exhibits on the history of the area and there are beautiful gardens to walk through.
phone: +1 760 757-6600address: 2222 Mission AveThis historic district, home to the Rosicrucian Fellowship, is noted for its singular architecture and the preservation of nature grounds and gardens, offering a unique meditative walking experience. Accommodation and vegetarian meals are also provided during the winter and summer school activities.
- Eat breakfast at one of Oceanside's many restaurants on Coast Highway and walk to the harbor (farther) or pier (closer) and back to work it off.
Guajome ParkOn the east side of Oceanside is a popular county park that includes a duck pond, horseback riding trails and bird-watching.
Oceanside HarborPopular place to visit for boating, dining, shopping and sightseeing in a pleasant environment.
- Another famous landmark is the Oceanside Pier with the Ruby's restaurant on the end overlooking the popular surfing beach.
San Luis Rey River TrailA 7.21-mile trail which runs along the south bank of the San Luis Rey River, passing under several bridges and is excellent for bikers.
Thursday Night visit the Oceanside Sunset Market for live music, interesting fast food, fresh farm produce, and exciting fresh art. It is located on Pier View Ave, just west of Coast Highway.
Thursday Morning Farmer's Market is held also on Pier View, but East of Coast Highway. Lots of good, fresh organic fruits and vegetables from local farmers at reasonable prices.
Fish from the Oceanside Pier. No license is required, and the bait-house on the pier can supply everything you need. You can also surfcast, fish from the rock jetty, or join a fishing party boat out of the Oceanside Harbor.
Nature attractions in Oceanside Area:
Right around the Oceanside Harbor are a lot of “nature attractions.” There is a wide variety of seabirds on the ocean, on the beach, and in the inlet to the San Luis Rey river. We love to watch the pelicans dive for their fish. There are also a pod of dolphins who regularly patrol up and down the coast. In the harbor area, there are harbor seals and noisy sea lions usually barking over near the bait dock, just north of the boat launch ramp.
Grunion RunsRight on the beach, little fish called grunion come to lay their eggs at night. They do it for 3 sequential nights every 2 or 3 weeks from March to early Fall. The three nights are determined by the moon and tides, and the dates and times of the runs are printed in most tide guides. The first night they start around 11:30, the next night an hour later and the third night another hour later. To see them you will need to bring a flashlight, and should go north of the jetty, because the street lights and the North Coast Village lights make them shy. There is also a program at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla.
Buena Vista LagoonOn Coast Highway near the Oceanside-Carlsbad border is a free nature center and self-guided nature trail at the Buena Vista Lagoon Audobon Society.
Estate Sale WarehouseKnown for its low prices, constantly changing inventory of antiques and furnishings and high volume.
Oceanside has five shopping centers along California State Route 78, between Interstate 5 and El Camino Real.
Camino Town and Country Center
El Camino North Center
North Country Plaza
Pacific Coast Plaza
Westfield Shoppingtown Plaza Camino Real
Alfredo's Mexican Foodphone: +1 760 433-3504address: 602 N Coast Highway
Anita's Fine Mexican Foodphone: +1 760 722-6323address: 309 S Coast HighwayThis home-style Mexican restaurant has a variety of menu items. You'll love the Margaritas and the carnitas.
Cafe 101Located at the intersection of Coast Highway and Wisconsin Street. Classic diner food with great burgers and shakes. Make sure to have some of John's chocolate cake.
The Flying BridgeOne of Oceanside's best kept secrets. This restaurant used to be one of the stops for people coming down from LA who were heading to Del Mar or Mexico. It was purchased by new owners recently who completely renovated the building without removing any of the character. Located just north of the 76/Coast Highway interchange across from the Oceanside "Welcome Sign". Be sure to order the Fried Avocado. This restaurant specialty is a great appetizer.
Hill Street CafeLocated on Coast Highway and serves great-tasting, organic, healthy food. Don't let this scare you because the food is incredible. Everything is "homemade" and has great flavor. Originally started as a coffee house in the early 90's, the menu has grown to include Mexican specialties, "California-Cuisine", seafood, pastas, and whatever Dan fixes today. Make sure to try the Rippin' Fish Soup.
The Longboarder CafeArguably the best place in Oceanside for a true-California breakfast experience. It's four blocks from the pier, across Coast Highway from the California Surf Museum, and makes for a great place to start your morning in downtown "O".
Rubio's Fresh Mexican GrillA chain of unique restaurants spanning California and several other western states, has its roots in the San Diego area. And is headquartered in Carlsbad.
phone: +1 760 433-7829address: 1 Oceanside PierA 1940s-style diner located on the end of the Oceanside Pier. You might have to wait a bit for a table, but the food is good and the atmosphere is nice. If you're lucky, you can get a seat by a window at sunset, and watch the sun go down over the ocean as you eat.
Tin Fishaddress: 302 The StrandMenu options include fish tacos, fish and chips, and salads.
Umi Japanese Grill & Caféphone: +1 760 439-3566address: 401 Mission Avenue B100
The Flying Pig Pub & Kitchenphone: +1 760 453-2949address: 626 S Tremont St
ZigZig Pizza Piephone: +1 760 433-1555address: 333 N Myers St
- Any martini at the Flying Bridge.
phone: +1 760-721-4253address: 1800 Ord WayHave a brew in a real operational brewery
Bagby Beer Companyphone: +1 760 270-9075address: 601 S Coast Highway
Breakwater Brewing Co.phone: +1 760 433-6064address: 101 N Coast Highway
Tremont St. Sports Bar & Grillphone: +1 760 435-9555address: 311 N Tremont St
Mission Avenue Bar & Grillphone: +1 760 637-2222address: 711 Mission Ave
Since Camp Pendleton is so close, the Marines often take their off time in downtown Oceanside off Mission Avenue near the Regal movie theater. This area has many bars and Marines are known to frequent them and get rowdy.
phone: +1 760 757-7700address: 3240 E Mission Ave
phone: +1 760 757-2200address: 3170 Vista Way
phone: +1 760 722-9600address: 3603 Ocean Ranch Blvd
phone: +1 760 941-1011address: 3708 Plaza Dr
phone: +1 760 721-1543address: 909 North Coast Highway
phone: +1 801-704-9449address: 999 N Pacific Street.Beach vacation rentals with beach front condo units, and some with fewer views. The North Coast Village condominium complex is the only such complex in Oceanside to sit right on the beach.
- Check out the Oceanside Municipal Golf Course. From CA-76 go north on Douglas Drive to the golf course on the left (after North River Road).
- Oceanside is separated from the southern border of Orange County by 17 miles by Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Disneyland is easily accessible by the METROLINK train.
- Visit Legoland California in Carlsbad. It's the first stop south of Oceanside on the COASTER.
- Imbibe among the vineyards of Southern California Wine Country in nearby Temecula Valley