Oceanside Travel Guide

  • Oceanside
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Oceanside Things to Do

  • Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This wonderful statue is located in the north new part of cemetery. It is call the Assumption of Mary: "All powerful God, you raised in the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, body and soul to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal and come to share her glory." Opening Prayer Feast of the Assumption August 15th A gift from...

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  • Harbor Lighthouse

    This harbor encompasses a 100 acre small craft marina with 900 permanent and 50 visitor slips. There is a lot of wonderful shops, fine restaurants, quaint cafes, picnic tables, and a beautiful lighthouse that houses a neat gift shop. There is ample parking. The harbor has many services such as deep-sea sports fishing trips, whale watching tours...

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  • Oceanside Marina

    The area at the Harbor, Oceanside Marina, is a cute little village style section. That is were I've spent most of my time. The Oceanside Pier is a popular spot for fishing, but you can also walk down it and enjoy the environment on your way to Ruby's Diner. Ruby's is a 50's themed diner and fun for the whole family. Other things to see or do while...

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Oceanside Restaurants

  • Rockin' Baja Lobster

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Barry, "Spartan" suggested this for our VT Meeting. What a great choice it was! While waiting for the others to arrive, we were given red & green chips and salsa to snack on. Most of us ordered Margaritas. The patio overlooked the Marina and the view only needed a colorful sunset. The sunset did come and many photos were taken of it. Rockin Baja...

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  • Ruby's Diner

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    While deciding on the exact style of restaurant they would build, the pair began extensive research on American diners. Their research confirmed Cavanaugh’s initial idea about creating a 1940’s diner concept because, “that’s when balboa had its heyday!” says Cavanaugh. To make the restaurant feel authentic, Cavanaugh and Kosmides combed antique and...

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  • Nautical Bean Coffee Company

    5 out of 5 stars

    A nice little coffee house located in the Dock area of Oceanside. The Expresso was very good and they make a very good ice coffee. The price was a bit high but well worth it. The coffee house has many cakes that look great. Look at my other tips for more info on the cakes.

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Oceanside Nightlife

  • Rockin' Baja Lobster Bar & Grill

    The VT meeting started at 5.30 pm outside the restaurant and finished inside at night - what a surprize: it was raining a little that night hehe. It was a very, very special event for me and Ursula - first of all great oportunity to meet and talk with virtual till that time friends in great atmosphere. Add great eating, drinking (margaritas) and...

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  • Popular Local Hangout~

    This place looked a bit to trendy for me, but we might try it out the next time we are there. The restaurant part faces the ocean, so you have a beautiful view if you sit next to the window. They have a huge selection on their menu. They are open for lunch and dinner.The Vodka Lounge at night looks really popular. Hours:Mon-Thurs 4-CloseFriday-Sun...

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  • Great way to spend the evening~

    This pier is the center of local and tourism activity. Everyone enjoys it. It is still being loved and enjoyed all these years. You can see lots of people going out for an evening stroll, fishing, or to enjoy Ruby's Restaurant. We ventured down and strolled the pier and then made it down to the beach. Water was cold, but we enjoyed wading a up to...

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Oceanside Transportation

  • By Train

    As an alternative to driving, you cab enjoy a ride on the Coaster (a clean and modern train that links Coastal North County to San Diego). Brief stops are made at seven stations heading south from Oceanside (Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad Poinsettia, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, Old Town and Sante Fe Depot in downtown San Diego). The...

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  • By Car

    I-5 (= Interstate 5) is a main north-south freeway of the West. It goes from Mexican to Canadian border. There are four exits to Oceanside on mile 51 to 54 (the mile indicates distance to the Mexican border). List of all I-5 exits including 4 to Oceanside: http://web.mit.edu/spui/www/freeway/i5.html TRAFFIC REPORT Check automobile traffic report...

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  • Train travel between San Diego and...

    As an alternative to driving, you cab enjoy a ride on the Coaster (a clean and modern train that links Coastal North County to San Diego). Brief stops are made at seven stations heading south from Oceanside (Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad Poinsettia, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, Old Town and Sante Fe Depot in downtown San Diego). The...

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Oceanside Shopping

  • They didn't sell VT T-shirts, YET!

    Harbor Gift Shop located just by the Oceanside Harbor and Marina among a few other gift stores. They sell T-shirts (for kids and adults), various gifts like boat models, oceanic shells, cards, various pictures etc.Hmm... unfortunately they didn't sell VT T-shirts there, YET! But we were lucky to get them from Stephanie at the VT meeting :-)))....

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  • Tee-Shirts

    There was a great T-Shirt shack shop in the marina area that had some great deals on Oceanside and San Diego T-Shirts. T-Shirts They were priced at 1 for $5 or 3 for $11

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Oceanside Local Customs

  • Summers / Beach Activities

    Oceanside is a very popular surf site and since my surfing ability is limited to the few lessons I have taken I must rely on other sources to say whether it is good surfing. I assume it must be good because they arrive before 6am even in the winter, 50 or so bobbing heads waiting for a wave, and surely freezing their tails off.

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  • Car Culture

    Hmm... I didn't know exactly what the English word YIELD meant when I arrived to the USA - something like to give up, I thought. In American English to yield to traffic coming from another direction is to wait and allow it to go first. So, there were yield writings on the highway surface. Drivind around a few communities and cities in Southern...

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  • Margaritas, Chips, Salsa, and a Sunset

    There is nothing pretentious about Oceanside, it is a place of diversity and the people who live here mostly have some connection to Camp Pendelton, so it is a U.S. Marine town. The people living here, work hard and party hard and in recent years this town has become more popular with tourists. Efforts have been and are being made to show a tourist...

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Oceanside Warnings and Dangers

  • About Driving

    The main south-north road in Oceanside is marked S-21 on traffic signs and maps. Hmm... it seems that nobody knows this strange numbers: S-21 but everyone knows the name Highway 101 = Pacific Coastal Highway. So, better do not ask locals for S-21. From my friend David (newyorkerman): Highways are maintained by the local government, the city or...

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  • Sealions

    Wildlife is special and always be protect, but you have to remember an average male sea lion is from 7 to 8 feet long and can weigh from 700 to 1,200 pounds. It is unique to see them upclose, but feeding them is NOT recommended. Even as big as they are, they can move quick. So keep an eye on your little ones. The locals appreciate wildlife, but...

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  • S-21? What's that?

    The main south-north road in Oceanside is marked S-21 on traffic signs and maps.Hmm... it seems that nobody knows this strange numbers: S-21 but everyone knows the name Highway 101 = Pacific Coastal Highway. So, better do not ask locals for S-21.From my friend David (newyorkerman):Highways are maintained by the local government, the city or the...

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Oceanside Tourist Traps

  • Don't loose your mind! (about eggs)

    When you are invited for your first, large VT meeting just after your arrival - don't loose your mind!Hmm... I lost it, at least a little hehe. Look: before coming to the USA I was thinking over what to bring for my VT friends who would come. It was just before Easter so I decided to buy... Polish wooden, painted manually Eastern Eggs as small...

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  • ATM and fees

    The ATM at the marina charges a $2.50 fee for taking out money and for each transaction. Do all of your transactions with one login so you do not get charged to much. Bring cash with you so you do not have to use a private ATM.

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Oceanside What to Pack

  • Bring a Camera

    Oceanside is right at the Pacific Ocean so it is usually cooler in this area even during the summer months. Bring clothes that can be layered and a jacket or sweater for the times that the breeze run cool and after the sun goes down. Oceanside is not really a tourist spot but there are lots of photo opts, so bring your camera along to capture...

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  • My VT meeting Packing List

    Possibly no bags except for your camera! What you like! Just to feel comfortable and relaxing! The best you have - water and shock - resistant if possible :-))). Do you want the whole list? OK, my top 5:1. Good humour :-)2. Good humour :-)3. Good humour :-)4. Good humour :-)5. Postcards (local and/or funny), coloured pencils: red = love, black =...

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Oceanside Off The Beaten Path

  • Street Views

    Do you recognize this house from the movie, "Top Gun?" You might be too young. It was filmed in 1986 and was quite popular in those days. The people of Oceanside loved this movie and decided to perserve the house. It's one of the oldest bungalow type houses in Southern California. It was built about 1887 more than 125 years ago and has gone through...

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  • Residential Beach Views

    Do you recognize this house from the movie, "Top Gun?" You might be too young. It was filmed in 1986 and was quite popular in those days. The people of Oceanside loved this movie and decided to perserve the house. It's one of the oldest bungalow type houses in Southern California. It was built about 1887 more than 125 years ago and has gone through...

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  • Roberts Cottages 1928

    These were built in 1928 for vacationing residents from Los Angeles to escape the city. They exchanged hands many times, until 1941 they were named the Roberts Cottages, but sadley kept exchanged hands till 1990 they were sold as permament residences. They are an important part to Oceanside historical past. What is very unique is the fact they are...

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Oceanside Sports & Outdoors

  • Water Sports

    Oceanside is a town located right on the Pacific Ocean so there are plenty of water sports offered in this area. They say that surfing is pretty good up this way, but for those who don't surf I'd suggest renting a jet ski and ride the waves with that. It's sort of the motorcycle of boats and can be great fun and thrilling. You should know that...

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  • Oceanside Boat Rentals

    Oceanside is a town located right on the Pacific Ocean so there are plenty of water sports offered in this area. They say that surfing is pretty good up this way, but for those who don't surf I'd suggest renting a jet ski and ride the waves with that. It's sort of the motorcycle of boats and can be great fun and thrilling.You should know that this...

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  • Fishing and sailing

    At the Oceanside Harbor you can make arrangements to go on a Whale Watching boat tour, deep sea fishing adventure or take sailing lessons.Personally I would choose deep sea fishing - I didn't discover it, yet :-). Did you? There are also sailboats, kayaks and Wave Runners available to rent.

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Oceanside Favorites

  • Harbor / Beach

    There is a really wonderful walkway that takes you safely from the beach area to the downtown area under the railroad tracks. They accented with some lovely art work and decorated the walkway with a nice paint scheme. Along the walkway they have planted some really beautiful garden. It is also handicap accessible. It is next to Pier View Way. For...

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  • Pedestrian Walkway Under Railroad Tracks

    There is a really wonderful walkway that takes you safely from the beach area to the downtown area under the railroad tracks. They accented with some lovely art work and decorated the walkway with a nice paint scheme. Along the walkway they have planted some really beautiful garden. It is also handicap accessible. It is next to Pier View Way. For...

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  • Urgent Care

    A great walk in medical center in Oceanside in North County San Diego. Mission Urgent Care and Family Practice no appointments are necessary! I got stung by a sting ray, the doctor saw me immediately, gave me a thorough exam and took over twenty minutes to talk to me! I wish he lived in my town. I paid cash at Mission Urgent Care and did not get...

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