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Oceanside Bucket List


This is our Adventure Bucket List, the out of the ordinary, pushing the limits bucket list. As new adventures arise in Oceanside we will add them. We also welcome your input, let us know what you have crossed off your list in Oceanside, CA and we may add it to one of our lists.

So many books, movies, and autobiographies have inspired people to step outside of their daily lives to try new things. Creating a list of dreams, goals, or experiences that you want to accomplish is a great way to enjoy a new place or even your hometown. A bucket list can contain little and large accomplishments, the main component is creating a list targeting new life experiences.

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If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page. ~Mark Houlahan

Only Coastal Skydiving in Southern California

Whether you are 18 or 90 years old, skydiving is a popular bucket list activity or unexpected holiday gift for anyone on your list. Skydiving with Tsunami Skydivers in Oceanside is a one-of-a-kind experience, offering the only coastal skydiving experience in Southern California. Visitors can take the plunge while taking in the spectacular views of Southern California’s coastline: with views of San Diego to the south and Catalina Island and Dana Point to the north. Jumpers take off and land from Oceanside Municipal Airport and enjoy coastline views as they make their descent from 12,000 feet.

Coastal Biplane Aerial Tour

Experience a piece of American aviation history by taking a ride in a vintage biplane. New this summer, Coastal Aero Scenic is offering flights in a 1941 restored Waco Biplane out of Oceanside Municipal Airport. The biplane can hold two passengers in its open-air cockpit and provides breathtaking views of the South California coastline.

Custom Surfboard

Famous for having the most consistent surf conditions in Southern California, Oceanside is the ideal location to have a custom surfboard made just for you. Have your pick from over a dozen surfboard manufacturers, many of which manufacture their creations in an area called “Shaper’s Alley”. Oceanside has been at the forefront of surfboard design and manufacturing since the 1950s and is home to popular and well-known shapers such as Donald Takayama (Hawaiian Pro Designs), Gary Linden (Linden Surfboards), Michael Baron (Byrne Surfboards), Jason Bennett (Chemistry Surfboards), Javier Huarcaya (XTR), Hank Byzak (Pure Fun Longboards), Mike Hynson, and Pat Mulhern (Wave Riding Vehicles).

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Run, Bike or Swim in a Race

Whether the goal is a marathon, triathlon or endurance bike race, fitness challenges are a bucket list favorite and can be a fantastic gift to yourself. With an average temperature of 70 degrees, Oceanside is the perfect place to train or participate in an endurance challenge. Fitness-minded travelers of all levels and abilities are drawn to the area because of the abundant recreational options. Athletic events that currently call Oceanside home include the California Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, Race Across America bike race, the World Body Surfing Championships, Labor Day Pier Swim, Bike the Coast-Taste the Coast and Oside Turkey Trot.

Witness a Green Flash

Grab your camera and head to the coast for the chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive “green flash” as the sun sets in Oceanside. This exciting and free phenomenon is something everyone should see once in their lifetime. Oceanside’s famous wooden pier provides the perfect vantage point for spotting the flash- especially on evenings with a clear horizon over the Pacific Ocean.


Eat, Pray, Love in Oceanside

Need an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life? How about reaping the benefits of peace, serenity and inner reflection at Oceanside’s Prince of Peace Abbey? Nestled in the quiet hillsides of northwest Oceanside, Prince of Peace Abbey monastery is open to guests and the public for silent prayer or for participation in the Mass and prayer services of the monks throughout the day. Groups or individuals are invited to reserve time, space, room and board for their own retreat and reflection programs at the monastery.


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