Oceanside is a classic laid-back SoCal beach city with fantastic year-round weather, surfer vibes and spectacular sandy beaches. Visitors can check out the New England-style harbor, as well as the historic wooden pier and an endless variety of quaint local shops and restaurants.
Its location on the northernmost tip of San Diego county makes it a perfect day trip from surrounding SoCal counties to enjoy the warm rays of the San Diego sunshine. There are an endless amount of outdoor activities to embark upon in Oceanside, such as surfing (of course) hiking, skateboarding, boating, biking, whale watching, golfing and a plethora of arts and culture.
Oceanside is also known for its impressive street art and murals -- being one of fourteen state-recognized cultural districts as defined by the California Arts Council. A day in Oceanside won’t be nearly enough time to explore its adventures -- but luckily, it’s just a scenic Metrolink train ride away.
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Newport Beach is the largest recreational harbor on the West Coast, featuring over ten miles of coastline with sand, surf, and sunshine.
San Clemente Beach Trail
Stretch your legs and take in the California coast on the San Clemente Beach trail!
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
The Mission San Luis Rey de Francia holds the title “King of the Missions,” due to its spacious expansiveness, architectural beauty, and picturesque Oceanside surroundings.
Orange County Great Park
Orange County Great Park is a public park in Irvine on the site of the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.
Trevor's at the Tracks
This legendary restaurant is located at the historic train depot in San Juan Capistrano.
Santa Ana Zoo
This family-friendly, smaller scale sized zoo is located in Orange County.
Knott's Berry Farm Independence Hall
Knott's Independence Hall is a free exhibit across the street from Knott's Berry Farm, showcasing an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original historical Philadelphia landmark.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
This former Spanish mission was founded in 1776 in colonial Las Californias, by Spanish Catholic missionaries of the Franciscan Order.