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Located right on the Pacific Ocean, the stunning city of Oceanside in northern San Diego County is one of the best places to go surfing and enjoy the beach. It’s within easy reach of San Diego International Airport and caters to visitors looking for a tranquil escape in a classic California beach city.
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You’ll find a wealth of unique attractions here, including the famous Top Gun House and the Historic US Route 101. Oceanside has become a popular destination for motorcycle rides in southern California so don’t be surprised if you run into groups of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts at area locales on any given day.
You could spend a sunny afternoon at the Historic Oceanside Pier where you can enjoy a few hours of people watching or catch a live show at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. Many events take place on or around the pier, including the Oceanside Sunset Market Street Fair and the Super Girl Pro surf tournament in August. The Oceanside Farmer’s Market can be a fun way to meet locals and sample local flavors.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to go surfing, swimming, or heading off on a boating tour. Head further inland to visit destinations like the Oceanside Museum of Art that houses national and global works in a modern space. The California Surf Museum houses dozens of historic surfboards of iconic surfers and tells the stories of many surf legends. Take a self-guided tour of the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, a famous Catholic landmark, located in Oceanside.