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RUN, WALK OR SAIL TO OCEANSIDE FOR COASTAL HOLIDAY FUN

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Oceanside, Calif.- October 11, 2011- Oceanside, Calif. delights in the holiday spirit this season with a lineup of festive events for visitors of all ages. From a the scenic turkey trot along the beach and dazzling parade of lights at the harbor to an enchanting holiday concert and electric downtown holiday street fair, this relaxed beach town will be a buzz with yuletide activity all season long.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 24, 2011, 7 a.m.
Oceanside’s official kick off to the holiday season starts with the annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Now in its 6th year, the event is a family affair that benefits Oceanside schools and charities. Races include a 5 Mile, 5K and a 1-mile kid’s course. All courses provide scenic race routes along the Oceanside coastline. For more information, visit osideturkeytrot.com.
Oceanside Parade of Lights
December 10, 2011, 6-9 p.m.
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dress up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice. The concrete walkway that surrounds much of the harbor is also good for spectating the event. Harbor Village at North Harbor has shops, dining, and seating areas.

Holiday Sunset Market
Thursdays in December, 5-9 p.m.
The Sunset Market kicks off the holiday season in style with the City of Oceanside’s grand Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 1 at 6:00 p.m. Santa will arrive on a fire engine and cookies and milk will be served. During all five Thursdays in December, shoppers at the Sunset Market will be treated to the Downtown Holiday Gift Market with hundreds of unusual and exotic gift ideas from around the world. The Certified Farmers Market section features farm fresh produce and floral items plus a myriad of gourmet food items to take home for holiday parties. Strolling carolers add to the merriment. Kids are delighted by pony rides, face painters and a jump house. Sunset Market is located in downtown Oceanside at Pier View Way.
For information, contact Main Street Oceanside at (760) 754-4512 or visit www.msoceanside.com.

Holiday Jazz Concert, Oceanside Museum of Art
December 8, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
333 Pacific restaurant in Oceanside has partnered with the Oceanside Museum of Art to present a dynamic jazz concert series featuring the region’s top jazz musicians, paired with gourmet appetizers, desserts and specialty wines. The concert on December 8 will be holiday themed and feature a performance by Izzy Chait. Chait’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Once Upon A Time, was widely applauded for his fresh spin on the style and sound of jazz classics, and is considered to be his “magnum opus.” The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $25 or $20 for members of Oceanside Museum of Art. Call 760.435.3721 for reservations. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

About Oceanside

Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art.

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway. For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Shae Geary or Lori Kennedy
JLK Communications
Shae.geary@sbcglobal.net
Lori_kennedy@sbcglobal.net
760-815-8617

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Native American Heritage Month Movie: Dancing with Wolves

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RUN, WALK OR SAIL TO OCEANSIDE FOR COASTAL HOLIDAY FUN

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Oceanside, Calif.- October 11, 2011- Oceanside, Calif. delights in the holiday spirit this season with a lineup of festive events for visitors of all ages. From a the scenic turkey trot along the beach and dazzling parade of lights at the harbor to an enchanting holiday concert and electric downtown holiday street fair, this relaxed beach town will be a buzz with yuletide activity all season long.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 24, 2011, 7 a.m.
Oceanside’s official kick off to the holiday season starts with the annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Now in its 6th year, the event is a family affair that benefits Oceanside schools and charities. Races include a 5 Mile, 5K and a 1-mile kid’s course. All courses provide scenic race routes along the Oceanside coastline. For more information, visit osideturkeytrot.com.
Oceanside Parade of Lights
December 10, 2011, 6-9 p.m.
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dress up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice. The concrete walkway that surrounds much of the harbor is also good for spectating the event. Harbor Village at North Harbor has shops, dining, and seating areas.

Holiday Sunset Market
Thursdays in December, 5-9 p.m.
The Sunset Market kicks off the holiday season in style with the City of Oceanside’s grand Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 1 at 6:00 p.m. Santa will arrive on a fire engine and cookies and milk will be served. During all five Thursdays in December, shoppers at the Sunset Market will be treated to the Downtown Holiday Gift Market with hundreds of unusual and exotic gift ideas from around the world. The Certified Farmers Market section features farm fresh produce and floral items plus a myriad of gourmet food items to take home for holiday parties. Strolling carolers add to the merriment. Kids are delighted by pony rides, face painters and a jump house. Sunset Market is located in downtown Oceanside at Pier View Way.
For information, contact Main Street Oceanside at (760) 754-4512 or visit www.msoceanside.com.

Holiday Jazz Concert, Oceanside Museum of Art
December 8, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
333 Pacific restaurant in Oceanside has partnered with the Oceanside Museum of Art to present a dynamic jazz concert series featuring the region’s top jazz musicians, paired with gourmet appetizers, desserts and specialty wines. The concert on December 8 will be holiday themed and feature a performance by Izzy Chait. Chait’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Once Upon A Time, was widely applauded for his fresh spin on the style and sound of jazz classics, and is considered to be his “magnum opus.” The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $25 or $20 for members of Oceanside Museum of Art. Call 760.435.3721 for reservations. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

About Oceanside

Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art.

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway. For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Shae Geary or Lori Kennedy
JLK Communications
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Artist’s Forum: UCSD Visual Dialogues Artists

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RUN, WALK OR SAIL TO OCEANSIDE FOR COASTAL HOLIDAY FUN

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Oceanside, Calif.- October 11, 2011- Oceanside, Calif. delights in the holiday spirit this season with a lineup of festive events for visitors of all ages. From a the scenic turkey trot along the beach and dazzling parade of lights at the harbor to an enchanting holiday concert and electric downtown holiday street fair, this relaxed beach town will be a buzz with yuletide activity all season long.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 24, 2011, 7 a.m.
Oceanside’s official kick off to the holiday season starts with the annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Now in its 6th year, the event is a family affair that benefits Oceanside schools and charities. Races include a 5 Mile, 5K and a 1-mile kid’s course. All courses provide scenic race routes along the Oceanside coastline. For more information, visit osideturkeytrot.com.
Oceanside Parade of Lights
December 10, 2011, 6-9 p.m.
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dress up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice. The concrete walkway that surrounds much of the harbor is also good for spectating the event. Harbor Village at North Harbor has shops, dining, and seating areas.

Holiday Sunset Market
Thursdays in December, 5-9 p.m.
The Sunset Market kicks off the holiday season in style with the City of Oceanside’s grand Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 1 at 6:00 p.m. Santa will arrive on a fire engine and cookies and milk will be served. During all five Thursdays in December, shoppers at the Sunset Market will be treated to the Downtown Holiday Gift Market with hundreds of unusual and exotic gift ideas from around the world. The Certified Farmers Market section features farm fresh produce and floral items plus a myriad of gourmet food items to take home for holiday parties. Strolling carolers add to the merriment. Kids are delighted by pony rides, face painters and a jump house. Sunset Market is located in downtown Oceanside at Pier View Way.
For information, contact Main Street Oceanside at (760) 754-4512 or visit www.msoceanside.com.

Holiday Jazz Concert, Oceanside Museum of Art
December 8, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
333 Pacific restaurant in Oceanside has partnered with the Oceanside Museum of Art to present a dynamic jazz concert series featuring the region’s top jazz musicians, paired with gourmet appetizers, desserts and specialty wines. The concert on December 8 will be holiday themed and feature a performance by Izzy Chait. Chait’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Once Upon A Time, was widely applauded for his fresh spin on the style and sound of jazz classics, and is considered to be his “magnum opus.” The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $25 or $20 for members of Oceanside Museum of Art. Call 760.435.3721 for reservations. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

About Oceanside

Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art.

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway. For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Media Contacts:
Shae Geary or Lori Kennedy
JLK Communications
Shae.geary@sbcglobal.net
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760-815-8617

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Dana Porter Higgins Joins Visit Oceanside

Dana Porter Higgins joins Visit Oceanside as Senior Sales Manager

Oceanside, Calif. – November 30, 2011– Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau has hired Dana Porter Higgins as senior sales manager. Higgins brings more than 15 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing to her new role and will be responsible for overseeing all group sales efforts for the bureau.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dana to our team at Visit Oceanside,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Dana will play a key role in helping Oceanside to expand its role in the social and group meetings market.”

Higgins most recently served as director of marketing at the luxury Cal-A-Vie Health Spa in Vista, Calif. Specializing in business development, event planning and client retention, her career history includes sales and marketing positions at Marbella Country Club, San Juan Capistrano; Visco Entertainment Group, San Diego; The University Club, San Diego; and The Meadows Del Mar.

Higgins attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and holds a degree in hospitality management. A San Diego native, she currently resides in Oceanside with her family. In her free time, Higgins is a volunteer with the San Diego chapter of the American Cancer Society and is co-chair of its Associate Executive Partnership Council. Dana can be reached at dana@mail-forward.org.

About Oceanside

Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art.

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of visitor travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Media Contacts:
Shae Geary or Lori Kennedy
JLK Communications
Shae.geary@sbcglobal.net

Lori_kennedy@sbcglobal.net

760-941-4121

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Sunset Market becomes Downtown Holiday Gift Market

Dana Porter Higgins joins Visit Oceanside as Senior Sales Manager

Oceanside, Calif. – November 30, 2011– Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau has hired Dana Porter Higgins as senior sales manager. Higgins brings more than 15 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing to her new role and will be responsible for overseeing all group sales efforts for the bureau.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dana to our team at Visit Oceanside,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Dana will play a key role in helping Oceanside to expand its role in the social and group meetings market.”

Higgins most recently served as director of marketing at the luxury Cal-A-Vie Health Spa in Vista, Calif. Specializing in business development, event planning and client retention, her career history includes sales and marketing positions at Marbella Country Club, San Juan Capistrano; Visco Entertainment Group, San Diego; The University Club, San Diego; and The Meadows Del Mar.

Higgins attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and holds a degree in hospitality management. A San Diego native, she currently resides in Oceanside with her family. In her free time, Higgins is a volunteer with the San Diego chapter of the American Cancer Society and is co-chair of its Associate Executive Partnership Council. Dana can be reached at dana@mail-forward.org.

About Oceanside

Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art.

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of visitor travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Media Contacts:
Shae Geary or Lori Kennedy
JLK Communications
Shae.geary@sbcglobal.net

Lori_kennedy@sbcglobal.net

760-941-4121

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Oceanside’s Secret Santa Project

Oceanside, Calif.- November 22, 2011– Tis the season to grant a smile! Drop off new, unwrapped toys to the California Welcome Center-Oceanside from November 28-December 14 and be entered to win 4 tickets to LEGOLAND.

All toys will be donated to Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton who will provide our military parents the opportunity to select a new toy for their child to receive this holiday season.

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Make sure to smile when you deliver the toys… staff and volunteers will be taking pictures of all of the Oceanside Secret Santa’s and will post the photos on the Visit Oceanside Facebook page.  Every person that tags their posted picture before December 14 will be entered to win a family 4 pack of tickets to LEGOLAND.

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Media Contacts:
Leslee Gaul or Cerina De Souza
Visit Oceanside
leslee@mail-forward.org

cerina@mail-forward.org

760-721-1101

Get Your San Diego Attraction Tickets at a Discount

Get Your San Diego attraction tickets at a discount

Oceanside, Calif.- December 5, 2011– Did you know that the California Welcome Center-Oceanside sells discount tickets to many major San Diego attractions?  As of December 5, entrance fees increased, but the California Welcome Center-Oceanside will maintain these significantly lower prices until December 31.

“There are so many advantages to purchasing tickets from the California Welcome Center-Oceanside.  Since you already purchased your tickets, you do NOT have to wait in line and some of the tickets include FREE return visits with just one purchase!  We have really incredible offers,” said Raquel Rodriguez, California Welcome Center-Oceanside Volunteer Coordinator.

For visitors and/or locals interested in saving a few dollars at one of the many area attractions, stop by the California Welcome Center-Oceanside located at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, call 800.350.7873.

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ATTRACTION NAME                                      ATTRACTION          CWC-OCEANSIDE

Midway
Adult                                                                            $18                              $16
Child (6-17)                                                                 $10                              $9
Senior (62) / Student / Military                                     $15                              $13

1 Hour Hornblower HarborCruise
Adult                                                                            $22                              $19
Child (4-12)                                                                 $11                              $10

Medieval Times Dinner
Adult                                                                            $57.95+tax                  $49.95
Child (12 & under)                                                      $35.95+tax                  $32.95

Madame Tussauds
Adult                                                                            $25                              $22
Child (4-12)                                                                 $18                              $16

San Diego Zoo/Safari Park
Adult                                                                            $42.00                         $37.00
Child (3-11)                                                                 $32.00                         $29.00

Old Town Trolley
Adult                                                                            $34                              $31.00
Child (4-12)                                                                 $18                              $14.00

LEGOLAND
1 Day Adult                                                                  $72.00                         $64.00
1 Day Child                                                                 $62.00                          $55.00
*Lego/Sea Adult                                                          $87.00                         $76.00
*Lego/Sea Child                                                          $77.00                         $66.00
*2nd day free to both attractions within 9 days*

SeaWorld
*Length of Stay Adult                                                  $73.00                         $64.00
*Length of Stay Child (3-9)                                         $65.00                         $55.00
*Unlimited visits for 7 consecutive days*

**GO San Diego Cards can be purchased or redeemed at the California Welcome Center-Oceanside.  **

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Media Contacts:
Leslee Gaul or Cerina De Souza
Visit Oceanside
leslee@mail-forward.org

cerina@mail-forward.org

760-721-1101

Corporate Meeting Planning & Group Events

Visit Oceanside’s professional staff provides complimentary one-stop services for all of your meeting planning and event needs. We know Oceanside inside and out and can offer you no-cost, professional planning advice and quality service that will ensure a successful, enjoyable gathering. From booking hotel rooms and arranging meeting spaces to scheduling transportation and recommending day tours, restaurants and activities, we are here to make sure everything goes smoothly so you can focus on the business at-hand.

Events in Oceanside

Beach Soccer

Visit Oceanside’s professional staff provides complimentary one-stop services for all of your meeting planning and event needs. We know Oceanside inside and out and can offer you no-cost, professional planning advice and quality service that will ensure a successful, enjoyable gathering. From booking hotel rooms and arranging meeting spaces to scheduling transportation and recommending day tours, restaurants and activities, we are here to make sure everything goes smoothly so you can focus on the business at-hand.

Events in Oceanside

OSIDE INSIDER

Visit Oceanside’s professional staff provides complimentary one-stop services for all of your meeting planning and event needs. We know Oceanside inside and out and can offer you no-cost, professional planning advice and quality service that will ensure a successful, enjoyable gathering. From booking hotel rooms and arranging meeting spaces to scheduling transportation and recommending day tours, restaurants and activities, we are here to make sure everything goes smoothly so you can focus on the business at-hand.

Events in Oceanside