Oceanside Sightseeing & Activities

Oceanside Pier

(15 minute walk, South of North Coast Village)
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. The beach at the pier includes fire pits, picnic tables, and bike rentals.


Family at Oceanside Pier Courtesy of Visit Oceanside

Oceanside Harbor

(5 minute walk, North of North Coast Village)
While in the Harbor, take a few hours to experience a deep-sea sport fishing trip, whale-watching tour (seasonal), sailing lesson, or other water-oriented activity. Get a taste of being an Oceanside local by renting a boat, taking a jet-ski out for a spin, testing your balance with stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking or event snorkeling! Oceanside Harbor Village features a charming lighthouse, shopping, a coffee shop, numerous restaurants, gelato, and an old-fashioned sweet shop. The beach at Oceanside Harbor sits between two jettys, has plentiful soft sand, and features fire pits, picnic tables, and RV parking.

SUP rentals in Oceanside Harbor courtesy of Visit Oceanside

Oceanside Sea Center – Deep Sea Fishing

If Deep Sea fishing is on your “must-do” list for your getaway vacation look no further than http://www.oceansideseacenter.com

Online booking is available on their website or you can give them a call 760-450-0403

Oceanside Adventures – Whale & Dolphin Watching

A luxury whale watching company specializing in dolphin and whale watching in Oceanside. Trips are 2 hours and are great for families, couples, and private parties with both covered and non covered seating throughout the craft.

You can book by calling Oceanside Adventures at 760-277-3737 or online on their website https://www.oceansidewhalewatching.com/

Top Gun House

(15 minute walk, South of North Coast Village)
One of the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s—and a classic to this day—Top Gun starred Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis (whose character Charlie lived in the Top Gun House). Although set in San Diego and filmed around the county, Top Gun is most commonly associated with Oceanside because many of the film’s most memorable scenes were filmed in the bungalow owned by “Charlie”. The home was built in 1887 and is one of the oldest homes in Oceanside. The Top Gun House sits on a gated lot near the entrance of the pier and is awaiting its next stage of life where it will become a part of a new resort. Until that time, while the house is not open to see the inside, its exterior serves as a tribute to the movie.

Mission San Luis Rey

(15 minute drive or 5.5 mile bike/walk via the San Luis Rey River Trail)
Known as the “King of the Missions,” Mission San Luis Rey de Francia (c.1815), is the largest of the California Missions. The title “King of the Missions” was bestowed upon this California state treasure because of its expansiveness and architectural beauty. With such peaceful and inspirational surroundings, it is easy to visualize the everyday life of the Franciscan Friars and Native Americans who inhabited the Mission more than two centuries ago. http://www.sanluisrey.org/

Mission San Luis Rey Courtesy of Visit Oceanside

Camp Pendleton

(8 minute drive to the front gate)
Camp Pendleton is a training ground for various tactical forces across all the armed forces, with a particular focus on infantry and amphibious sea-to-shore training. If you’re a history buff or interested in learning about our armed forces, Camp Pendleton has museums, historical points of interest, and family activities including paintball. Click here to learn about Camp Pendleton activities and what you need to get on base.
For detailed information on planning your vacation to Oceanside, click here to receive your Oceanside Visitors Guide and when you’re in town, go to the California Welcome Center Oceanside located at 928 North Coast Highway for maps, information, and souvenirs.

Click here to read more about how to Play in Oceanside.