Oceanside, California has gone through a total transformation in the last decade – from dodgy military town to SoCal’s hidden coastal gem. I recently took the Coaster up to visit Oceanside just for the day and can’t wait to return and explore more soon. If you are looking for a fun little San Diego Staycation, definitely add Oceanside to your list. Here are 5 reasons why:
Fun Beach Town Vibe
Known as the Surf Capital of California, Oceanside is a surfer’s paradise. The waves here are consistently good year-round. Whether you want to be in the water or just want to watch, buy some fun surf accessories or clothes, Oceanside has got you covered. The laid-back vibe is present all over the city and it instantly puts you in vacation mode.
One of the Must-Dos when in Oceanside is a stroll on the Oceanside Pier. This stunning historic structure is 1942 ft long and makes the piers in San Diego look like little toys. This is also a great spot to watch the surfers and get some stunning sunset shots if you are into photography.
Beautiful Oceanfront Hotels & Vacation Rentals
Nothing makes a beach getaway more perfect than a hotel with an ocean view and falling asleep to the crashing of the waves, right? There are quite a few Oceanfront Hotels in Oceanside to make this dream come true. And don’t forget to check out these fabulous vacation rentals in Oceanside as well!
This brand-new hotel just opened in Summer 2021 and is perfect for a romantic couples getaway. The decor is sleek and modern with a beachy twist. Nothing beats the tranquility and view of the ocean and the Oceanside Pier from the rooftop pool and adjacent Rooftop Bar. Book your stay here>>
The Mission Pacific won’t let you go hungry, don’t worry. Enjoy a scrumptious brunch at the High/Low Bar overlooking the beachfront promenade and then eat your way through the Valle de Guadeloupe at Valle, the brand new restaurant by award-winning chef Roberto Alcocer.
The Seabird Resort is the family-oriented sister hotel of the Mission Pacific and is located just across the street, sharing the same stunning ocean view. The decor of this property is Maritime meets whimsical Dr. Seuss. Every little corner is styled with so much attention to detail. I almost felt like the hotel was a museum that I get to sleep in for a few days. Definitely check out the rooftop pool bar and restaurant Shore Room and if you like pasta, load up on carbs at the pasta bar at Piper!
Such a cute place, but I am just going to let the pictures speak for themselves! Book your stay here>>
O’Side Sips – Sip Your Way Through Oceanside
Oceanside takes Craft to the next level. The little town not only has a respectable number of craft breweries, but also craft distilleries, craft wineries, and craft coffee roasters. Sip and slurp your way through Oceanside and support these local artesian producers.
Visit Oceanside is currently working on a little O’side Sips passport, where you can collect stamps from participating Craft businesses and get a little souvenir gift from the tourism office when you completed the Craft trail. Stay tuned for more info.
Thursday Farmer’s Market
The Oceanside Famer’s Market on Thursday is actually 2-in-1. In the morning from 9 AM to 1 PM, you will find a traditional farmer’s market with fresh produce, flowers, artisanal foods, and drinks from locals. Check out the “Friends of the Library” booth for some great deals on books.
Then from 5 PM to 9 PM, the Oceanside Sunset Market takes place. This market features food stalls and popup kitchens, dessert vendors, craft booths, live music, and entertainment. This is probably the closest to an Asian Night Market I have ever seen in the US. A great way to try various local dishes and foods, and is a fun experience for the whole family.
Finger-licking Good Food
Speaking of food… Oceanside has some amazing restaurants. Whether you are in the mood to grab a few fish tacos washed down with a cold IPA or sit down for a culinary extravaganza, the chefs of Oceanside are ready to tantalize your tastebuds.
What I like the most about the restaurants in Oceanside is that they are not pretentious. No need to force yourself to wear a jacket and tie, just come as you are and enjoy. Here are some of the top spots to try while you are in Oceanside:
- Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub
- Hello Betty
- Bagby Beer Company
- Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen
- Masters Kitchen & Cocktail
- 333 Pacific
- Miller’s Table
- Blade 1936
So what do you think? Did my 5 reasons convince you to visit Oceanside? I personally can’t wait to go back and discover more fun things to do in Oceanside!
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Last Updated on May 27, 2023 by Maria Haase