3 Things We're Grateful for in Oceanside

Oceanside is often referred to as a coastal paradise for a reason! For decades our beach escape has served as the perfect year-round backdrop for long-lasting memories both visitors and locals alike can enjoy. As exciting businesses and experiences continue to flock to Oceanside, the city’s history, heart and character has only grown. We are reminded of everything there is to be thankful for in Oceanside, both past and present. Here are three things we are feeling especially grateful for!

O’Mazing O’riginal O’siders

Oceanside thrives on an extraordinary community forged through creativity, ingenuity, and o’riginality. Visionary local entrepreneurs, hoteliers, artistic institutions, and restaurateurs have conjured up unique experiences, enhancing the allure of Oceanside – as if it needed any more reasons to captivate you!

Within the past year, a profound sense of gratitude permeates the air, echoing the accolades and achievements that have graced this coastal haven. The Michelin Star Win at Valle, a testament to culinary mastery, has not only brought forth a heightened sense of gastronomic appreciation but has also shone a spotlight on Oceanside’s burgeoning food scene. The Sunset Magazine Award for Best City Getaways in 2023 serves as a source of immense pride, acknowledging Oceanside’s enchanting allure and affirming that this coastal gem is not just a destination but a soul-soothing retreat.

The opening of Michelin-Honored Heritage Barbeque & Beer adds another layer to Oceanside’s culinary tapestry, generating gratitude for the preservation of heritage through the art of barbecue. Caity Simmers, a rising star in the surfing world, takes home her first major WSL Championship Tour Win and becomes a beacon of pride as Oceanside celebrates its connection to the ocean and the vibrant surf culture that defines the community. The launch of the “Somewhere in O’side” video series triggers gratitude for the exploration of local gems and landmark treasures. Davin Waite, owner of the new Brine Box on the Oceanside Pier, received designation as a Sustainability Hero reflecting a commitment to environmental responsibility, evoking gratitude for a community that values sustainability in every aspect of life. The introduction of new arts and culture events, such as the Zine Fair and Mardi Gras, injects vibrancy into the city, inspiring gratitude for the diverse and creative spirit that thrives in Oceanside.

Oceanside’s Beauty & Endless Adventures

With 3.5 miles of stunning beaches, as well as beautiful inland parks and fantastic year-round weather providing the perfect conditions for any outdoor activity, O’side has always been a treasure in San Diego County. At any time of year, the city is full of people from around the world catching epic waves, taking beautiful walks along the historic pier and harbor village, biking down palm-tree lined streets, fishing for a local catch, visiting the California Surf Museum or Oceanside Museum of Art, reeling in history at Mission San Luis Rey and so much more. (We could GO ON!)

We’re grateful that there is always a reason to make the most of your time in our city by rounding up the whole fam for adventures that won’t be forgotten. Year-round whale watching trips depart from the Oceanside Harbor daily and bike rentals that range from traditional beach cruisers to zipping e-bikes are available from vendors like SoCal Bikes, Mostly E-Bikes, Wheel Fun Rentals and Ride O’side! You can cruise the O’side coastline with MOKE & Sun beach buggies and Pegasus Sidecar Tours. Get in the water for a fun surf sesh with your squad, or take a lesson from a local pro. Kayaks, stand up paddle boards and Beach Genie beach set up rentals are all readily available for your enjoyment too. If you really want to feel the thrill, jump for joy at GoJump Oceanside or feel a sense of deep peace and gratitude for the city’s natural beauty when you take a Waverider Helicopter ride across the golden coastline. 

Plus, with elite sporting events, such as SuperGirl Surf Pro, IRONMAN 70.3 and Bike the Coast there is an endless amount of inspiration and opportunity to train and remain active along our coastline. Click Here to stay up to date with upcoming events you can participate in or cheer on from Oceanside.

All Our Visitors

What makes Oceanside such a thrill to reside and live in, is the joy of getting to share it with all of YOU – our treasured visitors and travelers. You’ve had beautiful beach weddings, hosted epic family vacations, traveled from far and near for your annual company retreats, participated in incredible athletic events, chased killer surf breaks and kept your yearly vacation rental tradition up for decades in Oceanside. We are grateful to be the playground for memories that will last a lifetime. Continue to share your memories with us by tagging @VisitOceanside or @DineOside and using the hashtags: #VisitOceanside and #DineOside so that we can celebrate all your unforgettable moments in Oceanside with you, no matter the occasion – be it big or small!

If you have any questions at all regarding travel updates or recommendations, remember we’re only a call away! Reach out to our California Welcome Center here in Oceanside to speak with a local to help answer any of your questions. (PS – You can always stop at our convenient visitor location along the Pacific Coast HWY to say “HI” to us in person as well.) Feel free to request your FREE Oceanside Visitor Guide too to get itinerary inspiration mailed directly to you!

Thank you for continuing to Visit Oceanside!

Published: November 18, 2023
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