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Oceanside, CA

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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 in Oceanside, CA

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.

Walk Score®
Transit Score®
"Some Transit"
The average commuter time in Oceanside is:
15 to 19 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 6.24%
  • 13.48%
  • 2.63%

Mission San Luis Rey

<p>This old Spanish mission which dates back to the late 18th century is the largest and most famous of the California missions. There's a museum dedicated to its storied history and some beautiful gardens and tapestries to see. You can get there on foot by walking the 7 mile trail that runs along the south bank of the San Luis Rey river, or bike it if you're feeling a little adventurous. It's a beautiful white stucco building with traditional red tiled roofing, and on a clear summer day it's not to be missed.</p>

Oceanside Sunset Market

<p>Another claim to fame for this quaint little beach town is the Oceanside Sunset Market. Every Thursday night on Pier View Avenue, they block off a section of the street and roll out the food trucks and organic produce. There's face painting and kid oriented attractions for the little ones, and live music and dancing for mom and dad. Pick up some driftwood art, nosh on a little pacific coast grub, enjoy a pungent IPA, or all of the above!</p>

No beach is complete

No beach is complete without a full service pier, and Oceanside is no exception. With the longest wooden pier on the west coast, you can walk all the way to the end and have a breathtaking view of the ocean as well as the town itself. Grab a bite to eat at Ruby’s restaurant, a well known landmark in the area, or just stroll along the harbor with your sweetheart. It’s definitely a great spot to people watch, and you can catch surfers hanging 10 on any given day. It’s yet another reason why California is a great place to be.