Visitors Information in Oceanside
Watch the sunset over the sea while from the end of the Oceanside Pier. Bury your toes in the warm sand of nearby Carlsbad State Beach, while a crisp ocean breeze blows through your hair. Pack the kids in the car and enjoy a beautiful scenic drive down the San Diego coast or enjoy one of "San Diego's finest local beers" at Karl Strauss Brewery & Grill. In Oceanside, attractions the whole family will love are all within easy reach.
The beach culture is alive and well in Oceanside despite redevelopment activities that are changing the face of the waterfront. Mixed-use hotels and residences are under construction to enhance the beach culture and make it more accessible. The first of several planned hotels opened in 2008; primarily all-suite, it's a great choice for families who want to spend a few days or a week at the beach. Visitors to this part of downtown Oceanside can stay within walking distance of the city's best swimming and surfing beaches: Harbor Beach, brimming with beach activities and fun, and Buccaneer Beach, where you'll find the best surfing in North County. This area is also a short walk from the Oceanside Transportation Center, where Amtrak and Coaster trains stop and depart. Many who have been in the military link Oceanside with Camp Pendleton, the huge Marine base that lies at the north end of the city. Until recently the military was Oceanside's main industry, now being eclipsed by tourism; proximity to the base still has its benefits, as most businesspeople offer discounts to active military personnel and their families. Also home to the largest and one of the best-preserved California missions, Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside's history extends back to the 1700s, when the Spanish friars walked along the California coast founding missions as they went. Today Oceanside celebrates its historic culture with the regionally exciting Oceanside Museum of Art, displaying the works of San Diego area artists. Residents and visitors gather weekly at the Farmers' Market and Sunset Market, where shopping for fresh-picked produce is a pleasant pastime.