Oceanside Beaches

Oceanside beaches are open with limited use. For more information on updated regulations visit https://www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/fire/home/coronavirus.asp.

With 3 miles of coastline, the beaches in Oceanside are a hub of activity, serving up the fun from mild to wild experiences. Perfect for the casual family beach days with the perfect mix of radical for adrenaline pumping adventures. 

There is nothing better than spending a day at the beach, walking along the Pier, building sand castles, and roasting s’mores over a bonfire.  Seekers of family-fun are invited to play in this seaside getaway. 

Thrill-seekers far and wide know Oceanside is famous for international surfing competitions, endurance events, and outrigger races; there isn’t anything like Oceanside’s unique flavor of primal adrenaline. Show off your most awesome Oceanside mettle by cutting through the roiling swells atop your surfboard steed. Land a prized game fish from the historic Oceanside Pier or on one of our sea fishing vessels, then snap that viral selfie. Wanna scratch that special kayaking or paddle boarding itch you’ve had through the work week? We definitely got you covered. Or do like Popeye. Squint, snarl and bite down on your pipe as you catch the sweetest winds while gripping the helm of your sailboat. The list goes on. Oh, and before ya head on out there with your GoPro to record your O’side rush, do us a favor, okay? Slather that sunscreen and stay hydrated (locally crafted artisanal beers kinda counts, but come on…).

Oceanside Pier

The Oceanside Pier is a must-see during your visit.  Standing at a breathtaking 1,942 feet long, Oceanside Pier is the longest over-water wooden pier on the West Coast. Around the clock, the pier area is buzzing with activity from visitors taking a leisurely stroll, fisherman casting a line, and surfers catching a wave. 

Oceanside Harbor

Oceanside Harbor is quietly tucked away from the unsuspecting eye.  As you drive into the harbor and discover rows of docked sailboats, see people gliding by on top of paddleboards, and the array of restaurants and shops, you quickly realize that you have stumbled upon a hidden gem. 

Surf & Sand

Is the beach calling your name? Enjoy the stunning Southern California shoreline while feeling the sand between your toes and spot dolphins playing along the distant horizon. With 3 miles of shoreline, the Oceanside beaches will provide your family and friends with memories that will last a lifetime.

Although they are all connected, each area of the beach has a unique name and unique personality inviting playful sun-bathing connoisseurs out for a day of fun. If you are looking for action and a variety of beach amenities, then Harbor Beach and the areas that surround the Pier are perfect for you. Also below the Pier is the Oceanside Lifeguard Headquarters.For a more relaxed experience, Buccaneer, Breakwater, and Tyson Street beaches will be more your speed.  They are quieter areas that attract more locals and those looking to curl up with a good book or magazine. Once you’ve picked the beach that fits you best all that’s left to do is grab the beach towels and sunscreen and head out for a wonderful day by the water!

Beautiful Harbor Beach is Oceanside's largest beach, offering everything from surfing to volleyball. The Oceanside Harbor, adjacent to Harbor Beach, has many amenities including the Marina Inn Hotel and a variety of shops.
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This is a quiet, family beach located just south of Oceanside Harbor. It is popular with surfers and volleyball players. The river jetty is where the San Luis Rey River meets the ocean. A sandbar is often formed here and creates a good surf break.
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The beaches north of the Oceanside Pier have much more sand than those south of the pier and provide more space for those visiting the beach. This often makes for a quiet, more relaxed atmosphere.
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The beach area south of the Oceanside Pier is Oceanside's most popular beach. Surfing, body boarding and body surfing contests are held at the Oceanside Pier throughout the summer.
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Tyson Street beach, also known as Tyson Street Park, is within walking distance of the Oceanside Pier. With a park just a few feet from the beach, it is great for picnics.
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Wisconsin Street beach is located at Wisconsin Street and The Strand. The south strand is a one-way, southbound street that parallels the beach. There is a ramp just north of the lifeguard Tower 7 for access to the beach.
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Oceanside Boulevard offers more actual beach area than its neighbor, Buccaneer Beach. During the summer months, there is an area directly in front of the lifeguard tower (Tower 9), that is designated for swimmers, waders and body boarders only.
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Buccaneer Beach is Oceanside's smallest beach with a lifeguard tower (Tower 11); however, the beach offers other activities with the close proximity to the park located across the street. Buccaneer Beach is located approximately one mile north of our city's southern border.
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At 1,942 feet, the historical Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast.  Take a leisurely stroll out over the Pacific Ocean, watch the surfers ride a wave, fishermen catch a fish, or grab a bite to eat at the famous Ruby's Diner located at the end of the pier.
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