With everything from a showpiece pier to family-friendly restaurants and calm waters for
kayaking, Oceanside is a great place to experience SoCal beach culture with the added
bonus of smaller crowds and easy parking. Start the day at stunning Succulent Café
(322 N. Cleveland St.) and sip lattes surrounded by artistic displays of the namesake plants.
Dip your toes in the water at Oceanside City Beach, then walk to the end of Oceanside Pier,
one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast, or tool around the harbor in a kayak.
Head to The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza (1706 S. Coast Hwy.) for pies topped with fresh
produce from the restaurant’s “roof-to-table” garden or chase Baja-inspired seaside fare
with slushy margaritas at Hello Betty Fish House (211 Mission Ave.). Get a dose of culture at
the Oceanside Museum of Art (704 Pier View Way) and see surfboards from past to present
at the California Surf Museum (312 Pier View Way). Gather around a fire pit at the Stone
Company Store (310 N. Tremont St.) and sample the brewery’s latest releases. For dinner,
dine on unconventional sushi and ceviche at Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub
(1815 S. Coast Hwy. 101).
Fun Fact: The La Jolla Cove Swim Club hosts several social
swims, including the Halloween Spookfest (October 25) and the
Turkey Splash (November 22). Costumes are encouraged at both
events. (Look for daily swimmers freestyling across the cove.)
With 70 miles of pristine coastline and temperate weather year-round,
a day at the beach is a must on any San Diego vacation. Here are
three top spots for surf and sunshine.