Neighborhood Spotlight – South O

South Oceanside — or as the locals lovingly refer to it, South O — is a neighborhood that’s known for its deep roots and authentic personality. The charming business district has recently undergone a revitalization, sporting new restaurants, collaborative artisan retail spaces, and nightly entertainment. Outside of the main business corridor, the South O neighborhood touts a beautiful beach, retro bowling alley, freshwater lagoon, and nature center; perfect for family-friendly adventures. 


The stretch of South Coast Highway that runs through South O’ has become a bit of a style destination, thanks to well-known local boutiques like Captain’s Helm, renowned for vintage; Boom Boom Brazil, all about the bikini shopping; and Clothe+Arrow, for boho flair.



Urban organic farming with ocean views, nestled within a residential neighborhood. Cyclops Farms is the produce provider for many local restaurants and even hosts a weekly farm stand and a monthly farm dinner. 


Retro family fun awaits in a classic evening of bowling and billiards at Surf Bowl.


Take a walk around the Buena Vista Lagoon. Enjoy a little bird watching and learn about the native plants and wildlife when you visit the BVAS Nature Center.

MORE: San Diego County Summer Birding

South O Walkabout

The South O Walkabout is a quarterly community celebration where the businesses within the South O shopping district stay open late and plan special activities for their patrons to enjoy. Held the second Wednesday of the month from 5 to 8pm.

MORE: How to Experience the South O Walkabout

Published: July 10, 2018

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