Oceanside Harbor, Marina And Beaches
Oceanside Harbor, Marina, and the associated beaches are several of the places we visit most here in town and it’s one of the top places we take visitors when we are hosting them. There is so much to see and do and it’s always bustling with activity. We typically start most mornings with either a walk or bike ride out our door onto the Strand. We go north and pass the pier. Once we hit the end of the Strand, we take a right on breakwater way and a left on Pacific. Just across the bridge you hit the Harbor.
Sea Lion Island is a must see if you are in the area. Typically 10-30 sea lions will be sun-bathing on the dock or playing around in the nearby water. It can be a little smelly and there are plenty of signs warning people to stay back. These aren’t animals hanging out in a zoo - they are wild and can be aggressive, especially if their young are nearby. You can hear them barking and will occasionally witness them biting each other. Besides La Jolla - there are very few places in Southern California where you can see these creatures up close in the wild.
If you are in the mood for a good meal you won’t find many places with fresher seafood. There is a plethora of places to grab a bite ranging from coffee shops, to cafes, and sit down eateries. If you’re looking for something familiar there is a Joe’s Crab Shack but we always like to opt more for the local places when eating out versus a big franchise. For a great cup of coffee visit the Nautical Bean Coffee Company. If you want a nice cocktail while enjoying the view - hit up the oceanside broiler, rockin baja, or the stratford. The broiler is the priciest option of the three.
There are a few miscellaneous shops - your standard touristy gift shop and a spot with a wide selection of hawaiian shirts. But I wouldn’t go here for the shopping.
If you’re looking for activities to do the harbor and marina has a ton to offer. You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, sea doos, and boats of all sizes. Both powerboats and sail boats can be seen making their way in and out of the harbor every day. There are also deep sea fishing charters and whale watching or sunset tours. If you have your own boat on the west side of the harbor there is a boat launch and a place to wash the salt off after you enjoy a day on the water. It almost goes without saying there are a few bait and tackle shops as well.
On the west side is Harbor beach. This is one of the widest beaches in Oceanside so it’s a great place to spend a day sun-tanning or playing volleyball. If you get there early you can also snag a firepit and enjoy the beach after sunset - they are first come, first serve.
Whether you are looking for food, fun, or just want to take in the sights you don’t want to miss it. If you’re ever in town and want some more specific recommendations be sure to contact us.
If you are looking for other local attractions check out Mission San Luis Rey