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“Beautiful Beach”
Review of Harbor Beach

Harbor Beach
Ranked #5 of 65 things to do in Oceanside
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Lovely sand beach, waves are a little gentler here due to the retaining walls of the harbour making it great for kids to enjoy the water. Sand is gorgeous and clean. Life guards are on duty, and swim/surf areas are clearly defined.
There are two sets of public washrooms and showers for rinsing off, and volleyball courts, as well as a big section of the beach that people don't frequent which is good for group get together's or for playing games.
Beach is kept very clean.
Parking can be a challenge, and needs to be paid for $8 per day (credit cards are accepted, so no need to worry about having a million quarters in your purse).
It would be nice if there was a little shop for beach stuff, ice creams etc, but there is not, so come very well prepared.

Thank JPTKAM
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Have to say the beach was very clean and inviting and breakwater jetty was perfect for sunset Lots of friendly people who are more than happy to offer advise and suggestions about where to eat or what to see..

Thank Keith S
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

So I am a snobby Florida-beaches kinda girl, but I fell in love with Harbor Beach! After skirting seaweed, bugs and flies in Laguna how refreshing it was to come to a wide, clean beach. Here's a few clues for new out of town visitors.

There is free parking just as you come into the shops at the Harbor - free, yes, but if you have a lot of stuff to haul - you'll be walking a long way. If you drive closer to the beach, there are coin meters and 2 lots that enable you to pay with credit card for as long as you want to stay. Note - these fill up early so on a weekend - you might want to be there before 11am. Park in either lot near the shops and there is a bathroom right at the end of the marina. Surprisingly, it's clean! I used it several times during my 3 day visit!

If you walk straight up from the parking lot towards the ocean you will see the upper part of the beach - that's the cleanest part - if you walk on the lower part, you'll contend with seaweed and rocks - parking is free on the beaches closer to the pier, but it is not as nice. I walked all the way to the pier, but am glad I chose to stay on beach closer to the harbor.

The families tend to congregate in the center where the lifeguards are. If you want more of a relaxing, uncrowded spot - go to the left where the rocks are - generally the lifeguards don't want people swimming by the rocks so not as many people sit there.

I didn't spend any times at the shops or the restaurants at the marina but it looked like they were doing a brisk business.

What a find! I will be back again!

2  Thank NotGrlNextDoor
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great place to walk around the harbor. You can't make a complete circle, but two half-way walks offer lots to see. Several restaurants and bars. Some great Happy Hour deals. Boat trips available.

1  Thank Kathleen H
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Beautiful and not as crowded as other beaches. Plenty of sand to layout on. Restaurants and harbor near by. Shops also nearby with intersting finds and items for sale. This is a really nice area.

Thank KAMChula
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