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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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California Welcome Center
California Welcome Center
Owner description: California Welcome Centers are California’s official State Visitor Centers offering valuable information and services for today’s traveler. There are 19 affiliated Welcome Centers... more Owner description: California Welcome Centers are California’s official State Visitor Centers offering valuable information and services for today’s traveler. There are 19 affiliated Welcome Centers located throughout the state, with volunteers and staff to answer your questions and enhance your visit. Oceanside is home to one of the California Welcome Centers, ready to assist visitors daily from 9am-5pm (except major holidays). Free maps, brochures, a gift shop, restrooms, and personal assistance to get you where you want to go! less
Attraction type: Visitor Centers
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Oceanside Pier
Oceanside Pier
Owner description: Longest wooden pier on California coast at 1941 feet, 1/3 of a mile, there is a convenience store half way out stocked floor to ceiling with fishing pole rentals, bait, tackle... more Owner description: Longest wooden pier on California coast at 1941 feet, 1/3 of a mile, there is a convenience store half way out stocked floor to ceiling with fishing pole rentals, bait, tackle, snacks and beverages, and a whole lot of souvenir's stuffed into a 7X15 foot space. Ruby's 50's diner is located on the end with breakfast to burgers and a view to die for. The pier it self is open 24 hours a day 7days a week less
Attraction type: Piers & Boardwalks; 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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All places to eat » Places to eat

Banana Dang
Banana Dang
Ranked #1 of 339 Restaurants in Oceanside
Price: $3 - $10
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Beach Break Cafe
Beach Break Cafe
Ranked #2 of 339 Restaurants in Oceanside
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Diner
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Ty's Burger House
Ty's Burger House
Ranked #3 of 339 Restaurants in Oceanside
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub
Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub
Ranked #4 of 339 Restaurants in Oceanside
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Pub
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
That Boy Good
That Boy Good
Ranked #5 of 339 Restaurants in Oceanside
Price: $6 - $25
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

BEST WESTERN PLUS Oceanside Palms
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Oceanside Palms
$98 - $233
Ranked #2 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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Courtyard San Diego Oceanside
3.0 of 5
Courtyard San Diego Oceanside
$118 - $208
Ranked #5 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
$108 - $176
Ranked #6 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
$181 - $310
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
$139 - $267
Ranked #3 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside
3.0 of 5
Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside
$164 - $229
Ranked #4 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
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Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
$258 - $648
Ranked #4 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
5.0 of 5
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
$256 - $406
Ranked #5 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
4.5 of 5
Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
$210 - $319
Ranked #7 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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