If you love the beach but not all the traffic that goes with the beach. If your kids want Disneyland and Sea World on their beach vacation. Then Oceanside is the beach town for you.
Once known only for its famous Marine Base, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside has grown into a family beach town. The beach is one of the safest for swimming in California. There are literally miles of sandy beach with fire pits for evening hot dog roasts.
Golfers enjoy the nearby courses, surfers the fine surfing, and fisherman the fishing from the pier. You can check out the weather at Oceanside Weather and the surf conditions at Oceanside Surf Cam.
My wife and I are bikers. We love road riding as well as mountain biking. Some of the best road riding in California is located in and adjacent to Oceanside. You can ride through a portion of Camp Pendleton and then along a bluff that goes for miles to the north towards San Clemente. For most of the ride you are on little used roads with great views of the ocean. The round trip is about 40 miles.
A great place to stay in Oceanside is Southern California Beach Club
On the Beach in Oceanside . Stay here and you are right on the beach, not across the street, not blocks away. Right on the beach.
There is something going on most all of the time in the area. For an up to date list of events click on Oceanside Events.
We've mentioned that Disneyland and Sea World are easy drives. Even closer is LegoLand, which is about 10 minutes south of Oceanside. If you can visit the area in the spring you'll be treated to a spectacular display of flowers in the vicinty of LegoLand.
I always like to bone up on the history of an area before I visit it. If you click on Oceanside History, you'll be treated to an a lively presentation on Oceanside's history.