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Oceanside
Oceanside is a seaside oasis of recreation and beautiful beaches. Centrally located between San Diego and Los Angeles, Oceanside is frequently referred to as “the hub of Southern California.” From here, it’s easy to access a variety of amusement parks and family activities such as Disneyland, Legoland, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. If you’re looking to educate as well as entertain, you won’t be disappointed. Take your kids to visit Mission San Luis Rey. Founded in 1798, Mission San Luis is often called “The King of Missions” and includes picnic grounds and a gift shop in addition to a museum. Also check out the California Surf Museum or the Oceanside Museum of Art. With more than six miles of frontal beach... more Oceanside is a seaside oasis of recreation and beautiful beaches. Centrally located between San Diego and Los Angeles, Oceanside is frequently referred to as “the hub of Southern California.” From here, it’s easy to access a variety of amusement parks and family activities such as Disneyland, Legoland, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. If you’re looking to educate as well as entertain, you won’t be disappointed. Take your kids to visit Mission San Luis Rey. Founded in 1798, Mission San Luis is often called “The King of Missions” and includes picnic grounds and a gift shop in addition to a museum. Also check out the California Surf Museum or the Oceanside Museum of Art. With more than six miles of frontal beach roads, Oceanside allows you to jog, bike or skate to your heart’s content. Bike the San Luis Rey River Biking trail or take part in private o group surf lessons from a local surf school. Get your sea legs on and check out one of the many boat rental companies for a trip out to sea you won’t soon forget – go deep sea fishing, diving or whale watching. For the golf lover, Oceanside is a veritable paradise! With six courses in or near Oceanside, you’re sure to find a public or private course to fit your game - try Oceanside Municipal Golf Course, Emerald Isle Golf Course or Pendleton Marine Golf Course. less

All things to do » Things to do

COASTER
COASTER
Attraction type: Trams
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The Pier at Oceanside
The Pier at Oceanside
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas
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Mission San Luis Rey
Mission San Luis Rey
This historical mission was at one time the largest building in California and is now home to 14 monks and offers accommodations for those on retreat.
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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California Surf Museum
California Surf Museum
Owner description: Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum mission is to preserve surfing heritage. The museum hosts a variety of cultural events from book signings to lectures, to movie nights... more Owner description: Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum mission is to preserve surfing heritage. The museum hosts a variety of cultural events from book signings to lectures, to movie nights to concerts. But the museum is most known for the wonderful rotating exhibits about surf and skateboard culture, art, and history. The whole family is welcome and you don't have to surf or skateboard to enjoy the museum.The California Surf Museum has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, the BBC, the American Pickers "California Dreamin'", Hawaiian Airlines commercial, PBS "Getting Away Together" and many more. Don't miss the outdoor Secret Spot and Bethany Hamilton's surfboard while you are here. Also, shop the Museum Store for unique gifts and souvenirs. Joining as a member is a great way to get involved in volunteer opportunities and to support the museum on an annual basis. Hope to see you soon! less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Harbor Beach
Harbor Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Beach Break Cafe
Beach Break Cafe
Ranked #1 of 333 Restaurants in Oceanside
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Diner
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Banana Dang
Banana Dang
Ranked #2 of 333 Restaurants in Oceanside
Price: $3 - $10
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert
Succulent Cafe
Succulent Cafe
Ranked #3 of 333 Restaurants in Oceanside
Ty's Burger House
Ty's Burger House
Ranked #4 of 333 Restaurants in Oceanside
Cuisines: American
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Takeout
Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub
Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub
Ranked #5 of 333 Restaurants in Oceanside
Cuisines: Seafood, Sushi
Dining options: Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

BEST WESTERN PLUS Oceanside Palms
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Oceanside Palms
$98 - $218
Ranked #2 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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La Quinta Inn San Diego Oceanside
2.0 of 5
La Quinta Inn San Diego Oceanside
$98 - $177
Ranked #5 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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Days Inn Oceanside at the Coast
2.0 of 5
Days Inn Oceanside at the Coast
$80 - $174
Ranked #10 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Southern California Beach Club
3.0 of 5
Southern California Beach Club
$173 - $344
Ranked #1 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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Holiday Inn Oceanside Camp Pendleton Area
3.0 of 5
Holiday Inn Oceanside Camp Pendleton Area
$144 - $242
Ranked #3 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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Courtyard San Diego Oceanside
3.0 of 5
Courtyard San Diego Oceanside
$143 - $277
Ranked #4 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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Nearby recommended accommodations:

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
$275 - $467
Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa
$228 - $363
Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
5.0 of 5
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
$265 - $478
Ranked #9 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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