With over three miles of white, sandy beach, endless water sports, and ample attractions, 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 one of our stunning Oceanside beach rentals for your next coastal escape.
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 Legoland, is on the southern border of Oceanside. Gorgeous San Onofre State Beach is just north on I-5 and makes for incredible surfing. 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 wonderful time.
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. Surf 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 beach house rental's kitchen.
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 play on the beach, play pick-up game on the basketball courts, and let the kids run around the playground. Tyson Street Beach is another great spot with a playground, easy beach access, 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 afterward. Harbor Beach is one of the most popular spots in Oceanside as it has volleyball courts, covered picnic areas, and a playground. Jetties on both ends of the beach make it a hit with fishermen and surfers alike. In the mood to try something new? Windsurf, scuba dive, kayak, or paddleboard your way through Oceanside's waves.
Make your next Pacific Ocean escape one to remember by staying in one of our charming Oceanside beach rentals.
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