Things To Do

A little bit of paradise, right at home. Awaiting you are palm-lined beaches, cozy fireplace inn suites with harbor and ocean views, 950 pleasure boat slips, quaint village shopping at resort-style boutiques, top-name restaurants, cafes al fresco, congenial people, picnicking in park-like greens overlooking the harbor and ocean, strolling or jogging on the 3.5 miles of city beaches.

You can find this idyllic setting just off Interstate 5 at the Harbor Drive and Mission Avenue exits in Oceanside. The Harbor and the beach offer outstanding amenities to recreational boaters, bathers, surfers and much, much more.

For boaters and sportfishers there is a fuel dock, four-lane launch ramp, bait receiver, and slip rentals including electricity, water, restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Visiting boaters will find 50 guest slips for short-term mooring. The Oceanside Yacht Club promotes many boating activities for both slip renters and visiting boaters. The Yacht Club welcomes your membership, whether you are a boat owner or just a boating enthusiast.

Stroll and shop in the waterfront Harbor Village shops where you'll find nautical gifts, resort wear, tropical giftware, and souvenirs and mementos of your visit to Oceanside. Along with all these delights, you will find Oceanside's wide, sparkling, sandy beach with fire rings, picnic and barbecue areas, children's play area and sand volleyball courts.

In addition, our coastal area is a playground for water sports including beach surfing, personal watercraft, and sea kayaking. For sportfishing or whale watching, Helgren's Sportfishing offers day trips, overnight adventures and boat charters. If sea kayaking or jet skiing intrigues you, Boat Rentals of America rents equipment for this fast-growing sport.

There's so much to enjoy at Oceanside's harbor and beaches, you'll find yourself returning again and again to discover new facets of this gem of Oceanside.

For more information contact the Oceanside Department of Harbor and Beaches at (760) 435-4000 or the California Welcome Center, Oceanside at (760) 721-1101.