With over three miles of white, sandy beach, endless water sports, and ample attractions to visit, it's no wonder Oceanside is a popular destination spot! Experience everything Southern California has to offer from a different point of view when you choose a stunning Oceanside vacation rental for your next coastal escape.
Where is Oceanside, CA?
This mid-size city is well-known for being the home of Camp Pendleton, which makes it a great spot for easy beach access, shops, eateries, and more while staying away from the hustle and bustle of bigger cities nearby. Carlsbad, home to thrilling Legoland, is on the southern border of Oceanside. Gorgeous San Onofre State Beach is just north on I-5 and makes for incredible surfing. Plus, day trips from Oceanside are a breeze - San Diego is less than 40 miles south while Newport Beach and Disneyland in Anaheim are about 55 miles north. But really, you won't need to travel far from your Oceanside vacation rental to have a grand time!
Things to Do In Oceanside, CA
From historical sites to adrenaline-inducing, coastal skydiving, there's something for everyone in salty Oceanside. Spend an educational afternoon walking through the architecturally stunning Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, then walk around the cathedral to find the Heritage Park Village and Museum, which features the original buildings that first started Oceanside at the turn of the century. Pack a picnic lunch and sit beneath tall trees on the green grass before heading on your next adventure. Surfer aficionados will have a blast browsing through photos, reading stories of, and checking out the boards of pioneers like Woody Brown, Dempsey Holder, and more at the California Surf Museum.
A trip to the beach isn't complete without walking down the pier. Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast and makes for a lovely stroll down to Ruby's Diner where you can find one of the most delicious burgers you'll ever have (and don't forget to order a chocolate shake to complete the meal)! Afterward, watch or partake in fishing, or walk back to the entrance to catch a musical or cultural performance at the amphitheater.
The pier is also the backdrop for annual events including Iron Man competitions, the Fishing Derby, and Classic Car Shows. From here, it's only a short walk to the weekly Oceanside Sunset Market and Farmer's Market, where you can buy fresh ingredients to cook with in your rental home's kitchen.
Beaches in Oceanside, CA
Amongst all the other excitement, don't miss out on lazy days digging your toes into the sand! Buccaneer Park is right between Oceanside and Carlsbad, where you can walk across to play on the beach, then eat at Buccaneer Cafe after a pick-up game on the basketball courts or letting the kids run around the playground. Tyson Street Beach and Park is another great, family-friendly spot with a playground and easy access to the beach and public restrooms.
The Strand is the perfect spot to take a nice morning jog as the sun rises, cool off in the ocean with a rented surfboard, and grab some shaved ice. Harbor Beach is one of the most popular spots on Oceanside as it has volleyball courts, covered picnic areas, and a playground. This is a popular spot for surfers and fishermen alike, with the jetties on both ends of the beach. Try something new and windsurf, scuba dive, kayak, or paddleboard to explore this lovely Southern California city by the water.
Make your next Pacific Ocean escape one to remember by staying in a charming Oceanside, California vacation rental!
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