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    Oceanside Pier

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    This pier is the longest wooden pier on the west coast at 1,942 feet. The first was built 1888 down by Wisconsin street. Sadly a bad storm claimed it. It was moved to its present location in 1890, but has been rebuilt five times. The concrete portion was built in 1925 and still exist. The wooden portion was rebuilt in 1988.

    This pier sees over 1 million visitors a year. It is the center of activity for the city. Ruby's Diner is at the end, lifeguard towers, fishing access, benches, restrooms, and a neat little gift/bait shop where I bought some postcards cheap.

    It was a great way to walk and work off the evening meals:)

    For more information:
    California Welcome Center
    928 N. Coast Hwy
    Oceanside, Ca 92054

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    Pier Fishing - Free

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    Many counties or cities require a fishing license. Well, Oceanside does not require one on the pier. It is Free only on the pier, so you will see so many families taking advantage of this. I've seen them around 9:00PM heading for the pier for some night fishing. So something to keep in mind when strolling on the pier. Fishing lines! Yet, I did not see too many stray lines and many of them were being very careful in how they were casting their lines.

    For more information:
    California Welcome Center
    928 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, Ca 92054

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    California Surf Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    This museum keeps alive the historical surfing artifacts and memorabilia. Some of the exhibits are temporary and some permanent. It was neat to see and enjoy.~

    Hours: Open Daily 10am to 4pm
    Thursdays until 8pm
    Except Major Holidays
    Dec. 24 open until 4pm
    Dec. 25 Closed
    Dec. 31 open until 3pm
    Jan. 1 Closed
    Memorial Day Closed
    July 4th Closed
    Labor Day Closed

    Admission:
    Free for Museum Members
    $3 Adults
    $1 Students/Seniors/Military
    Free for Kids under 12
    Free on Tuesdays

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    Oceanside Museum of Art

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Oceanside Museum of Art is the cities cultural jewel. It is located with the historical downtown. The museum houses in a classic Irving Gill designed building of the 1930's. There are lots of lovely exhibits. It is listed as a historic building in 1934 and was once the City Hall & Library.

    Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday,
    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    A modest fee is charged.
    Admission
Members Free

    General 
admission $8

    Seniors 65 + $5
    
Students, 
free with ID
    
Military and
 their dependents, 
free with ID

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    Surfing

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    There are miles of great surfing areas. I heard the best spots are Buccaneer Beach, both sides of pier, north and south jetties. You will see the surfers before the break of day and I have seen them coming out of the water as late as 9:00PM. I noticed one day a couple of kids with their backpacks, change, and head out to surf for an hour, put their clothes on and head up the road to school.

    Take a surfing class:
    So Cal Surf School/Surf Camps USA
    Location at the Lifequard Tower 5 & Tyson St. Park. 760-889-8984
    www.surfcampsusa.com
    or
    www. surfinFire.com 760-889-6775

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    Beaches

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    Oceanside has some of the nicest, cleanest, and wide sandy beaches. There are Harbor Beach, Breakwater Way, Pier View North, Pier View South, Tyson State Beach, Wisconsin Street Beach, Oceanside Boulevard, and Buccaneer Beach. There is a wonderful playground area, picnic benches, fire pits, and a wonderful pedestrian pathways for joggers or bicyclist.

    For more information:
    California Welcome Center
    928 N. Coast Hwy
    Oceanside, Ca 92054

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    Swim with the dolphins

    by trvlnurse Written Aug 31, 2003

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    Sea World near San Diego offers time to swim with the dolphins. It is a bit pricey but I always wanted to be closer to these amazing
    creatures. It ends up more of a picture posing session but I still enjoyed the experience.

    cutie isn't she
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    Visit Oceanside's Pier

    by Goner Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    The historic Oceanside Pier is a prized community resource as well as a monument to its citizens' persistence in seeing that a pier remains a part of its oceanfront recreational facilities. You will see names of these resident contributors carved into the railings on the bridge.

    While a fishing license is required for surf fishing on the beach, no license is needed for fishing off the pier.

    Oceanside Pier
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    Check out the Oceanside Harbor

    by Goner Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    Oceanside's Harbor is a mecca for sportfishing, whale watching, boating and other water-oriented activities. The Marina inside the harbor has sloops ranging in length from 25-51 feet. Transient moorings and limited RV beach camping are available. Harbor Days is a scheduled annual event held the 3rd weekend in September.

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    The Oceanside Pier

    by annk Updated Apr 19, 2003

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    The pier is quite large jutting into the Pacific Ocean. If you're walking along the coast you can't miss it. Half way down there are restrooms and a bait and tackle shop and snacks/postcards/drinks for sale. At the end of the pier is a restaurant - Ruby's. You'll see many people fishing and a wonderful view of the surfers, beach and coastline with the mountains as a backdrop.
    Free.

    Oceanside Pier
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    Beach bumming

    by trvlnurse Written Nov 2, 2003

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    I have become a bit of connoisseur, so to speak, of beaches and the Oceanside/Carlsbad area has some of the nicest. Clean, flat, sandy , warm beaches with washroom facilities and restaurants. Also a popular surf spot.

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    Antique Row - Shopping

    by glasslady Written Sep 22, 2003

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    Leave the beach and discover the 600 block of Mission Avenue. On the south side there is Antiques on Mission, LLL Reptile, Used Paperbacks, the Collective (shabby chic), and the newest store: Ocean Sky Beads and Glass for beads, jewelry and stained glass. On the north side is the Greek Paradise Restaurant and Cape Cottage Antiques. On Coast Highway at 216 is a brand new store for beachwear called Skirt. On Pierview Way, just a block from Antique Row is the Library with fountains on the plaza.

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    Go to the Beach!

    by annk Updated Apr 19, 2003

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    Oceanside has a wide, sandy beach 3.5 miles long. The number of surfers present was a good indication that this is a good location for the sport. The beach was pretty deserted in April but I'd like to return in the summer.

    Oceanside Beach
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    Camp Pendleton World Famous Mud Run

    by Sienlu Updated Oct 9, 2014

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    My daughter and my husband and a bunch of cousins decided to do a Mud Run earlier this year, I had the baby so I just couldn't do it...wink, wink..;)

    So you park and then are taken on a bus through the whole camp, which is huge, to your destination. And then wait to start your race which is pretty much running through obstacles in the Mud being yelled at by army guys. You can choose a 5K or 10K for adults, the kids are 1K. At the end your get a t-shirt, a medal dog tag and free beer. They have waterfall kind of shower to rinse off, it's freezing water and you still have the army guys screaming at you...like in a boot camp, that's the goal.

    Cost varies refer to this link
    http://www.worldfamousmudrun.com/faq/

    Entrance of the race Cool pictures with the army guys And there goes Sienna running through the mud The brave runners Well deserved freezing shower
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    The Oceanside Harbor and Marina

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 17, 2003

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    What does it mean marina? It's a small port that is used for pleasure rather than trade, often with hotels, restaurants and bars. Hmm... it seems that there is no one exact word in my language for marina.

    The marina in Oceanside looks very, very lovely. Great place to eat, walk around and to watch sunsets !

    THE  OCEANSIDE HARBOR
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