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What you should know about Oceanside

San Diego's most northerly coastal neighborhood combines an old-time resort feel with an easy-going Californian charm, making for one of the state's most relaxed beach destinations. It is a resort that has been welcoming visitors for nearly a century. Much of its early 20th-century style remains, including a 2,000-foot wooden pier that is one of West coast's longest. Oceanside is also a city that loves the great outdoors—surfing, biking, and even beach soccer are all popular here.

Hotels in Oceanside

Oceanside accommodation is strongly focused on beach hotels, which are mainly strung along Pacific Street near to the historic pier. There are large family-friendly hotels, like the much-praised Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort. Then there are adventure-sport focused Oceanside San Diego hotels, like the Southern California Beach Club, which faces directly onto the beach. Smaller, boutique hotels are clustered near the San Luis River and Harbor area, with the La Quinta Inn San Diego-Oceanside being a particularly stylish and popular choice. Further away from the oceanfront, you can find more affordable motels and inns in San Diego’s Oceanside, well positioned for visits to out-of-town attractions.

Things to see in Oceanside

One of the most visible things on the Oceanside sea-front is its magnificent pier, much-loved for fishing opportunities and the 1950s-style diner perched right at its end. Many surfers also ply the waters either side of the pier. Surfing is an important sport here, and Oceanside is home to the California Surf Museum. Here you'll find all sorts of surfing art, boards, and memorabilia. One fascinating and unusual Oceanside sight is the Ecclesia Healing Temple, sitting atop Mount Ecclesia. This glimmering white temple was built by the Rosicrucian Fellowship for spiritual healing, and is one of Oceanside's most prominent landmarks. You are welcome to visit and stroll around its nature grounds and gardens. Lastly, a few miles out of town, is the Mission San Luis Rey. This impressive white-washed building dates back to 1798, and is the largest of California's Spanish-era missions.

Good for Families

Thanks to its location, far from the crowds and bustle of San Diego's most popular beaches, Oceanside makes for a wonderful family vacation. Its wide sandy beaches provide the perfect playground for kids, with the weather sunny and warm most of the year. The quality beach hotels in Oceanside offer great family-friendly facilities, and remain relatively affordable. The Harbor offers safe opportunities for fun on the water—paddle-boating, kayaking, yachting—while the more adventurous will find excellent provisions made for all manner of ocean watersports. And, of course, big-name family attractions, such as SeaWorld, LEGOLAND California, and San Diego Zoo, are all within an hour's drive.

How to get to Oceanside

If you're coming in by air from Los Angeles or Las Vegas, you can fly into McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, which is only a 15-minute taxi ride away. Otherwise, San Diego International Airport makes most sense for domestic flights. From here, the Route 992 bus gets you to the Santa Fe Depot, from where you can take a COASTER or Pacific Surfliner train direct to Oceanside. By car, Oceanside lies just off the main coastal I-5 highway, about an hour from San Diego, or an hour and a half from LA. A car also makes sense if you're planning to travel in Oceanside much further than the stroll to the beach.