Oceanside Harbor is quietly tucked away from the unsuspecting individual. But 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 true hidden gem.
The Harbor is primarily known for its water activities including deep-sea fishing, whale watching cruises, and boat rentals, but it is also has wide, sandy beaches and incredible surf conditions.
The only harbor between Orange County and San Diego, Oceanside is a wonderful location for those traveling by sea along the California shoreline. The Harbor has a fuel dock, launch ramp, bait receiver, and slip rentals available.
Oceanside Harbor is home to Harbor Village, a quaint New England-style destination, host to a variety of restaurants and retail shops. Just steps from the village are local vendors providing whale watching, boat rental, and SUP experiences.
Along the east side of the Harbor mouth are large letter that spell “Oceanside.” This sign not only welcomes visitors to the Harbor, but is a great location to snap a photo to document your adventures.
The Harbor is a wonderful location to enjoy relaxing on an outdoor patio and taking in the beautiful scenic views. There are a variety of restaurants that surround the Harbor and offer the perfect place to rest your feet, enjoy a cold beverage, and savor a delicious meal.
Enjoy fresh seafood from the comfortable and stylish Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill. This family operated business is ready to serve you its popular coastal cuisine including coconut shrimp and lobster bisque. Along the north side of the Harbor is Oceanside Broiler offering fresh seafood and steak with stunning views of the Harbor. After a long day under the sun, nothing is better than enjoying a scoop of your favorite ice cream from Nana and Pop Pops Sweet Shoppe. Relax and watch the sailboats come in with a cup of warm coffee in your hands from the Nautical Bean Coffee Co. For breakfast or lunch, grab a seat at Stratford at the Harbor and enjoy delicious food with stunning views. Locals rave about the coffee cake and the fresh fish taco salad.
The waves along the beach in Oceanside Harbor are legendary, don’t miss an opportunity to hang ten and take a surf lesson from Learn to Rip. Year-round whale watching cruises leave daily from Oceanside Harbor. While out on the water, spot whales, dolphins, and pelagic birds aboard Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises. Get out on the water and have a little fun when you rent jet skis, kayaks, or pedal boats from Oceanside Boat Rentals. Join Captain Steve and climb aboard with Sunset Sails to take a turn at the helm, trim the sails, or just sit back and relax on a private sailboat charter.
The most northern beach in Oceanside is Harbor Beach. A sandy peninsula, Harbor Beach has stunning ocean views to the west and harbor views to the east. From this unique vantage point you can watch surfers catching a wave or spot a sailboat leaving its dock.
Two rocky jetties protect the harbor from rough seas and preserve its wide, sandy beaches. When the surf conditions are just right, the jetties are popular locations for people to stand and watch the ocean waves crash below them.