For other places with the same name, see Oceanside (disambiguation).

Oceanside is a large city on the Pacific coast of northern San Diego County, California.

Get in

By plane

Nearby McClellan-Palomar Airport (IATA: CLD) in Carlsbad serves general aviation.

Most commercial passengers land at San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN). Take San Diego Transit's Route 992 bus from the airport to the Santa Fe Depot and connect to the COASTER or the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.

The next closest airport is John Wayne Airport (IATA: SNA) in Orange County. From Santa Ana, Tustin, or Irvine, take the Pacific Surfliner or the Metrolink Orange County Line. Further north is Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX).

For private pilots, Oceanside Airport (IATA: OKB) is located just north of town on Highway 76.

By car

Oceanside is located at the intersections of Interstate 5 and California State Highways 76 and 78.

By rail

Metrolink train at Oceanside

Oceanside is well-connected by train. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner travels south to San Diego and north to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, with several trains stopping in Oceanside each day.

Oceanside is also the northern terminus of the COASTER regional rail line to San Diego, and the southern terminus of Metrolink's Orange County Line which heads north through Orange County to Los Angeles. A new light rail line, the SPRINTER, links Oceanside with Escondido to the east.

Get around


Mission San Luis Rey de Francia


Thursday Night visit the Oceanside Sunset Market for live music, interesting fast food, fresh farm produce, and exciting fresh art. It is located on Pier View Ave, just west of Coast Highway. Thursday Morning Farmer's Market is held also on Pier View, but East of Coast Highway. Lots of good, fresh organic fruits and vegetables from local farmers at reasonable prices.

Fish from the Oceanside Pier. No license is required, and the bait-house on the pier can supply everything you need. You can also surfcast, fish from the rock jetty, or join a fishing party boat out of the Oceanside Harbor.

Nature attractions in Oceanside Area:

Right around the Oceanside Harbor are a lot of “nature attractions.” There is a wide variety of seabirds on the ocean, on the beach, and in the inlet to the San Luis Rey river. We love to watch the pelicans dive for their fish. There are also a pod of dolphins who regularly patrol up and down the coast. In the harbor area, there are harbor seals and noisy sea lions usually barking over near the bait dock, just north of the boat launch ramp.

Buena Vista Lagoon


Oceanside has five shopping centers along California State Route 78, between Interstate 5 and El Camino Real.


There are several restaurants in the harbor area including Rockin' Baja Lobster, Fish-N-Chips, Crabby Bob's, Monterey Cannery, and the Jolly Roger.


Stay safe

The most dangerous place in Oceanside is the northern parts, near Camp Pendleton. This is where an officer was recently murdered. Do not wander around at night with gang colors, and expect suspicious looking people at night.

Since Camp Pendleton is so close, the Marines often take their off time in downtown Oceanside off Mission Avenue near the Regal movie theater. This area has many bars and Marines are known to frequent them and get rowdy.


Go next

Routes through Oceanside

Santa Ana San Clemente  N  S  Carlsbad San Diego
END  W  E  Vista Escondido
Los Angeles San Clemente  N  S  Carlsbad San Diego

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