The beaches north of the Oceanside Pier have much more sand than those south of the pier and provide more space for those visiting the beach. Due to the Pier Amphitheater being situated on the south side of the pier, there are fewer activities and events that occur on the north side and the pier. This often makes for a quiet, more relaxed atmosphere.
There are two lifeguard towers north of the pier (Towers 2 and 4). During the summer months, an area is closed to surfing (blackballed) but open for all other water activities. The surfing and swimming area will always be marked with checkered flags and swim-surf signs.
Volleyball courts are located on the sand; you must provide your own net and ball. The Oceanside Beach Community Center is located just north of the pier on The Strand. Several programs and activities are held here throughout the year.
One very small, pay parking lot, which usually fills up rather quickly in the summer, is located just north of the pier. There is metered parking along Pacific Street. Other pay parking lots are located on the corner of Mission Avenue and Myers Street, and on Surfrider Way, ½ block east of Pacific Street.
From Interstate 5, take the Mission Avenue exit, west; continue on Mission Avenue approximately 1.5 miles to Pacific Street and Oceanside Pier will be on the right. There is beach access from Pacific Street at the pier and Surfrider Way.