The Oceanside Shoreline is a great place to launch your sailboat for high-sea adventure. Bounded by a large marina and Cape Cod Village on one side and the Camp Pendleton Marine base on the other, this long, sandy beach is a perfect place to get away from the San Diego crowds
There is lifeguard coverage. Shaded picnic areas include tables, barbecue grills, and restrooms are available throughout. There is a playground at Harbor Beach.
Pay just $8 for a day ticket, until 8:00 p.m., and $20 per night. Extra-long spaces are available for boat trailers. All parking spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a five-night limit per 30-day period. A free two-hour lot is available just to the east of the pay lots along Harbor Drive South, and free all day parking just on the east side of Harbor Village and the railroad tracks.
Ideal for family, fishing, fun...small and quaint, located in the very center of the harbor overlooking the harbor entrance. Catch a variety of local species. Excellent for children. Picnic areas immediately adjacent, across the street from restaurants.
Oceanside's broadest beach is Harbor Beach at the northernmost part of town. Start out at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River and make your way south to the Pier. If you need to rest for a bit before making the return trip, check out the views from the end of the 1,600-foot long pier.
Park in one of the many lots (near the beach, you'll have to pay). You'll find about 2 miles of sidewalks which will take you around the entire harbor. There are benches and picnic tables if you want to do a little people, boat and sea bird watching. With a number of places to eat along the way, this walk may not net you a loss of calories! Harbor Beach is a great place to catch some rays before heading out for your next walk.
If you have the inclination, there is no better way to see Coastal Oceanside than on foot. Be sure to take your camera - photo opportunities abound!