Oceanside boasts 3.5 miles of some of the widest beach in all of Southern
California - Oceanside City Beach. Beaches have playground equipment
and some 70 fire rings.
Special feature vacation guide covers local beaches, parks,
Mission San Luis Rey,
USMC Camp Pendleton and more.
The first explorers arrived in 1769 and in 1798 the San Luis Rey mission was built.
In 1841, the Mexican government granted major land grants for the area.
When the California Southern Railway, a branch of the Santa Fe, began constructing a railway linking San Diego with San Bernardino.
Completed in 1883, the railway opened the beach area of San Diego County for development and the real history of Oceanside began.
In 1942, a large area to the north was used to create a training base for the Marine Corps.
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Legoland is the first park of its kind to be built in the USA.
Designed primarily to give a fun educational play experience to young children ages 2-12.
The many attractions, rides, shows and play areas feature the bright cheerful Lego colors and toys.
Also look for the many kids shows and kid friendly dining venues.
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia - Oceanside CA
Known as the "King of Missions" - Mission San Luis Rey is the
largest of the California missions and a national landmark. Franciscan friars at the mission
conduct regular tours. This church still holds regular worship services and hosts special
functions during the week.
One of the longest piers on the west coast -
very popular for fishing and there is a Ruby's Restaurant on the end.
At the base of the pier is a bandshell which is the site of special concert events.
(800) 350-7873 for event info.
Ruby's Diner - (760) 433-7829 - Gourmet Hamburgers.
World Body Surfing Championships [AUG] By Oceanside Pier
Labor Day Pier Swim - Annual event since 1930, over 400 swimmers hit the water for
a 1-mile swim race out and around the pier.
Oceanside Tourism Attractions
Oceanside Museum of Art
- The museum is housed in a classic Irving Gill designed building that represents the flavor of Southern California in the 1930s.
California Surf Museum
- presents standing displays of surfing equipment and photographs highlighting the pioneering legends of the surfing world.
Rosicrucian Fellowship Gardens
- Paved 10 minute walk leads to the rose gardens near the 12-sided temple, representing the 12 signs of the zodiac.
Prince of Peace Abbey
- Catholic Benedictine Monastery open for daily services, retreats and meditative walks.
Oceanside Public Library
- Local cultural and research center located at the downtown civic center.
Plaza Camino Real
Plaza Camino Real shopping district comprises several large shopping centers stradling the
Oceanside / Carlsbad city line where it is crossed by El Camino Real. Anchor tenants include
Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Staples, Vons, Westfield Mall, Mervyns, Chuck-E-Cheese,
Movie Max Theater Plaza 4, Souplantation, Marshalls and many more.
Oceanside Harbor is home to 950 boat slips, a private yacht club, several hotels, seafood restaurants
and gift shop boutiques. Also has one of the best beaches in North County and is a popular for a wide range of
boating and watersports activities. Boat charters are available for deep-sea fishing, whale-watching and
Catalina Island ferry service. Special events include Harbor Days and the California Iron-man triathlon.
Oceanside Harbor Days [Mid-Sept]
Two days of sun, sand, and surf provide an outstanding adventure opportunity including the
Mayor's cup regatta, fishing derby and bathtub derby where spectators watch amateur sailors
sink or swim in this contest which pits brain against brawn as teams build and navigate a seaworthy craft around a short, but treacherous course.
World Bodysurfing Championship - Oceanside CA [Late Aug]
Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes.
The Men and Women's Grand Champions will be crowned on Sunday afternoon.
Vendor sponsors will be featured with produst booths on the Strand during all three days of competition.
Oceanside City Beach
Oceanside boasts 3.5 miles of some of the widest beach in all of San Diego County
with playground equipment and some 70 fire rings. Annual world bodysurfing championship held in August.
Carlsbad Beaches & Lagoons
Major Lagoons: Agua Hedionda, Buena Vista & Batiquitos
This San Diego beach features swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking.
The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. There area also
three major wetland habitats. At least 103 bird species, 18 mammals, and 14 amphibians and
reptiles live in and around the lagoon, and many more birds visit during spring and fall migrations.
Beside regular Boat and WaveRunner rentals, local facilities manage a youth summer camp operation
with many exciting activities including surf instruction, wakeboarding, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking,
peddleboating, waverunners, oceanography, beach games.
Guajome County Regional Park
Stradling the northern city boundaries of Oceanside and Vista is this moderate sized wilderness park.
Picnic grounds, camping, fishing, nature trails, horse trails
birdwatching in some of the most diverse habitat in San Diego County
which includes stream, pond, marsh and a small lake. Near the lake you can
see geese, ducks, rabbits, squirrels, and abundant evidence of other wildlife.
Also home to historic Rancho Guajome Adobe and Antique Steam & Gas Engine Museum.
Oceanside Golf Courses
El Camino Country Club - Private 18-hole course with tennis, fitness and swim club.
San Luis Rey Downs - Public Course - Par 72, 6,750 yards.
Center City Golf Course - 18-hole course / par-66.
Emerald Isle Golf Course
Oceanside Municipal Golf Course
Carlsbad Golf Center
CGC proudly serves as the practice home of aspiring professional golfers and several local high school teams.
Oceanside Vacation Resorts:
More vacation resort lodging available in this area:
Oceanside Comfort Suites
Oceanside Days Inn
Oceanside Guesthouse Inn
Oceanside La Quinta Inn
Oceanside Marina Inn
Downtown Quality Inn
Downtown Ramada Inn
Oceanside Aquamarine Villas
Oceanside Best Western
Oceanside Blue Whale Resort
Extended Stay American
Oceanside Holiday Inn
Oceanside Wyndham Resort
Lake San Marcos Resort
Ocean Ranch Residence Inn
Martys Valley Inn
Oceanside Extended Stay America
Oceanside Holiday Inn
Vista Best Value Inn
Vista La Quinta Inn
Oceanside Wyndham Resort Hotel
333 N. Myers Street, Oceanside, CA 92054;
Location: Downtown Oceanside - across from beachfront pier;
Beachside Fun with Modern Flair. Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort will be situated right at the base of Oceanside's famous pier and beach.
Many active recreational adventure opportunities exist right here.
Oceansides nostalgic feel and idyllic weather draw plenty of surfers and artists; yet this thriving community includes plenty of modern delights.
Enhance your romantic retreat or family gathering in a place as warm and inviting as the California sun and surf itself.
Oceanside Residence Inn
3603 Ocean Ranch Boulevard, Oceanside, CA 92054;
Location: Junction El Camino Real and Ocean Ranch Blvd
The brand-new (Jan 2008) Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Oceanside Hotel is a unique hotel for a unique part of California,
blending stylish modern luxuries like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and 42-inch plasma TVs with the comfort
one expect from the hotel that perfected the extended stay. Exciting hilltop location with extended views of much of Oceanside and North County.
Carlsbad Palisades Resort Hotel
5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008;
Location: Junction of Armada Dr and Palomar Airport Rd
Carlsbad's Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel is a world-class hotel and timeshare resort with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.
It is situated adjacent to both the beautiful Flower Fields and the amazing Legoland California theme park.
With luxurious furnishings and a complete array of resort amenities, this California Resort will offer a family vacation experience everyone can appreciate.
Guests may choose between deluxe hotel rooms or vacation condos.
Carlsbad Vacation Home Rentals
Many beachfront area rentals available, but vacancies disappear fast for this area.
Best Western Hotels Carlsbad CA
Get the best internet rates by booking direct online at BestWestern.com.
Oceanside Harbor Marina Inn
2008 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside, CA 92054;
The Oceanside Marina Suites is uniquely secluded in the Oceanside Harbor; you'll be steps away from water sports, harbor shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Close to all the best of Southern California, including the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Disneyland, and Legoland Park.
To fully appreciate our unique setting, guests have been known to stay for months, you'd be amazed at what a night or two will do for you.
There is something always to do at our resort. Conviently located less than 5 minutes from the main gate of Camp Pendleton.
Oceanside Martys Valley Inn
Best Western Resort Hotel
The Best Western Marty's Valley Inn is conveniently located to the sandy beaches of Oceanside,
historic Mission San Luis Rey, Legoland and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
Located steps away from the beach in the historic Carlsbad Village,
the Carlsbad Inn offers a wonderful vacation setting for the entire family.
Carlsbad La Quinta Inn
760 Macadamia Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92009;
Location: Poinsettia Ave Exit from I-5 Freeway / 2 blocks from beach
Situated less than 4.5 miles from Legoland and near the State Beach, the Carlsbad La Quinta Inn offers convenient access to the area's most popular attractions.
The hotel is only one mile from Carlsbad Village, which features a wide variety of stores and restaurants.
Easy access to major highways makes this hotel an ideal choice for fun-seeking travelers.
Carlsbad Sheraton Resort Hotel
5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008;
Location: Cannon Road Exit from I-5 Freeway
This new upscale luxury resort opens in February 2008 and is positioned to become
the most exciting property in Southern California. It is situated on a hilltop looking towards
the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to both Legoland California and the Crossings Golf Course.
The resort has eleven large banquet rooms and is the largest meeting facility for
San Diego North County area and is closeby to the Carlsbad Ranch business district.
Over 25,000 square feet of meeting and conference facilities.