Just north of San Diego lies a little piece of heaven. Pristine beaches, scenic boardwalks, nature trails, and quaint mom and pop shops make Oceanside a great place to visit or live. With a population of around 170,000 people, it’s large enough to satisfy all your city needs, but small enough to still feel like a community. Oceanside Pier, now in its sixth incarnation, is their claim to fame, and rightfully so. Stretching 1,954 feet into the Pacific Ocean, it’s the longest wooden pier on the western United States coast!
Getting around this little beach town is never a problem. There’s a bus service running throughout the main city area which is part of the North Country Transportation District, but honestly once you’re there you can just as easily get by on foot. The beach, a number of cute little shops, some lovely restaurants, and a movie theatre are all within a few short blocks. Most residents also own a car for the convenience factor, or some simply embrace the beach bum lifestyle and their only mode of transportation might be a surfboard.