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
Fishing from the Oceanside Pier is good for California halibut (spring and summer), sargo, jacksmelt, sculpin, white croaker, Pacific bonito, queenfish, Pacific barracuda (in summer), kelp and sand bass. You also can fish from the Oceanside and Dana Harbor jetties. Best bets are fly-lined anchovies to catch the bonitos. Parking is good along the coast, and restrooms are readily available throughout. If you fish the surf, you'll most likely come up with surfperch, croaker, corbina or grunion.
There is lifeguard coverage. Shaded picnic areas include tables and barbecue grills. East of The Strand are a series of parks - outfitted with restrooms and picnic tables. To the north of the pier, the Junior Seau Beach Community Center offers daily basketball games, as well as youth programs. The Pier Amphitheater to the south hosts activities and contests.
Parking at the Harbor
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.
Oceanside has always had a pier for its residents and visitors to enjoy. The first pier, built in 1888, was located at what is now Wisconsin Ave. The next five were built on the site where you'll find the current pier - at the end of Pier View Way.
No license is required to fish from the pier. On a clear day, you'll be able to see La Jolla, the Coronado Islands, and Catalina Island.
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.
Harbor Beach to the Pier
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.
Oceanside Pier to Buccaneer Beach Park
You'll find ample parking around the pier, both metered and pay lots (two blocks away there is free parking - watch the signs for time limits). You can take the high road (on the bluff on the Pacific Street linear park), or the low road (The Strand South, right on the beach). About half way there, The Strand ends at Wisconsin Street and you'll have to switch to the sand on the beach for the remainder of your walk. Just south of Buccaneer Beach is the exclusive St. Malo community.
Oceanside Harbor/Harbor Beach
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.
Downtown Coast Highway
You'll learn a lot about the character of our town by taking the self-guided Downtown History Walk provided by the Oceanside Historical Society. The walk will take you about two hours.
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!