10 Reasons to Visit Oceanside in Fall
Think pumpkin spice and everything nice, mixed with all the quintessential, year-round O’side attractions you know and love! Yep, the fall season is upon us and Oceanside is ready to welcome you for a coastal retreat; perfect for your couples getaway, family trip, team bonding weekend or solo adventure! Fall in love with our SoCal city all over again with these top 10 reasons you should make Oceanside your next autumnal oasis.
Catch a Stellar Sunrise and Sunset
Fall mornings and evenings light up the sky and paint Oceanside’s coastline with spectacular colors that will take your breath away! Whether you’re a professional photographer looking to snap your next frame-worthy photo or simply wanting to capture the moment to share on social media with your friends and family, O’side is the perfect subject for your camera lens. Plentiful classic California visuals like rows of palm trees and crashing waves on sandy beaches, coupled with spectacular sunsets night after night make for one photogenic city! Check out our list of the Best Places to Take a Photo in Oceanside.
Whale Watching Wonders – Oceanside Adventures & Oceanside SEA Center
Did you know Oceanside is home to some of the best whale watching in San Diego County? Not only does our city boast a 1,942 foot long pier you can stroll to catch a glimpse of wildlife at your own leisure, but Oceanside also has a full-fledged harbor with whale watching tours and charters departing everyday for an up-close experience out on the water. As blue whale season wraps up in late November the grey whale season begins! Plus, since dolphins don’t have migratory habits, sightings can be enjoyed year-round!
Farming Season Fun – Mellano & Co. Farms & Oceanside Farmers Market
Experience Oceanside’s cornucopia of fresh produce and flowers with fall farm experiences! Weekly trips to the Farmer’s Market on Thursday from 9am to 1pm lead you to ocean views as you browse the selection of gourmet baked goods, fresh seafood and arts and crafts. Get to know our O’side growers and farmers as you dine out in the city. Many of our premier restaurants and coffee shops source their produce from O’side growers, allowing for authentic farm-to-table menu options. Stop by the Mellano Farm Stand conveniently located a short distance inland of the coastline to pick up organic produce and beautiful flowers as well!
Oceanside is brewing with delicious craft coffee shops for you to try! Satisfy your caffeine cravings by ordering a delightful latte, delicious cold brew or tantalizing tea from one of the many roasters around town. Similar to each O’side neighborhood, every coffee shop in the city has it’s own unique vibe and atmosphere. Hop around to a few different spots to meet the awesome O’siders behind the coffee bar and find you local go-to spot!
Fall Fishing – Charter a Boat or Cast Off The Pier
Reel in a fresh fall catch! The iconic Oceanside Pier not only offers visitors an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and stunning coastline, but it also allows for the unique chance to cast a line into deep ocean water. The Oceanside Pier is classified as a fishing pier which means that it is open for public use with no fishing license required. There is also a dedicated bait shop located in the center of the pier which offers rod rentals and fresh bait, as well as local advice on what’s biting. For those with their own equipment handy, the Oceanside Harbor has its own small fishing pier and daily fishing charters. To learn more, check out our guide on Fishing With the Family.
Catch A Wave
For many avid surfers, nothing beats catching those fall season swells. With warm weather still making the water temperature comfortable, Oceanside provides the perfect conditions to catch a wave! If you’re simply wanting to take in the view of local surf talent, at any point during the day, no matter the time of year, there’s a good chance surfers will be paddling out and showing off their mad skills! Boasting over 3.5 miles of beaches, there is no shortage of great spots to surf including the Oceanside Harbor, the Oceanside Pier, the surrounding beach breaks and more. Plus it’s always a good time to learn!
New Restaurants on the Scene – The Switchboard, Craft Coast Beer & Tacos, Parlor Doughnuts & Le Citron
Oceanside’s vibrant dining scene continues to grow! Enjoy new restaurant openings like The Switchboard Restaurant & Bar, offering fresh Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, Craft Coast Beer & Tacos, serving hand-made tacos and exceptional craft beer and Le Citron, plating delicious menu items with a global influence. These new flavors add to the rich culinary scene locals and visitors have come to know and love. Keep an eye out for more O’side restaurants to add to your list by following @DineOside on Instagram.
Wine Down – Jack Simon Vineyards, Beach House Winery, Orfila Vineyards & Winery and Coomber Craft Wines
While San Diego may be well-known for its craft beer, Oceanside, the county’s northern most city, has been making waves recently by expanding into the wine scene. Enjoy a fresh pour of indulgent flavors from local wineries right here in SoCal. Whether you’re in the mood for an intimate evening or more lively wine experience enjoying live music, Oceanside has the perfect craft beverage scene awaiting you. Enjoy spots like Jack Simon Vineyards, Beach House Winery, Orfila Vineyards & Winery and Coomber Craft Wines, among others!
Take to the Sky! – Waverider Helicopter Tours & GoJump Oceanside
Embark on a high-flying adventure you won’t forget! Book a thrilling Waverider Helicopter Tour for a magical coastline view and incredible aerial look at SoCal. If you’re a little more daring, take the ultimate leap by making a skydiving reservation with GoJump Oceanside. With seasoned pilots and pro jumpers leading you every step of the way, taking to the sky this fall season will be the thrill of your life.
Roam Around on a Rental
Accompanying our wonderful year-round weather is a fresh autumn breeze the fall season brings making O’side an ideal location for a fall biking excursion. Looking for some two-wheel motorized fun? Zip around on an e-bike from Mostly E-Bikes! Ride O’side’s fat tire electric scooters offer a smooth yet exciting way to ride around our beautiful coastal town. For groups that like to take things at a slower pace look no further than Wheel Fun Rentals and their fun two or four person surreys which can be rented right on The Strand, just below the Pier. You can even bring your own bike to keep up with your fall distance training regimen along the 10.7-mile-long San Luis Rey Bike Trail!