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

36 things to do

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Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Dating back to 1798, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is the eighteenth and largest of the 21 California missions. It was the ninth and last mission founded by Fermin Lasuen. Owing to the size of its physical plant and its land grant, as well as its success in converting neophytes, it received the moniker "The King of the Missions". The oldest pepper tree in California was planted in San Luis Rey's courtyard. During the Mexican-American War, its alcalde (governor) was Sacagewea's son John Baptiste Charbonneau. It was rebuilt between 1895 and 1905 under the direction of Father Joseph O'Keefe. A museum on site has exhibits on the history of the area and there are beautiful gardens to walk through.

Grunion Runs

Right on the beach, little fish called grunion come to lay their eggs at night. They do it for 3 sequential nights every 2 or 3 weeks from March to early Fall. The three nights are determined by the moon and tides, and the dates and times of the runs are printed in most tide guides. The first night they start around 11:30, the next night an hour later and the third night another hour later. To see them you will need to bring a flashlight, and should go north of the jetty, because the street lights and the North Coast Village lights make them shy. There is also a program at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla.

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The Flying Bridge

One of Oceanside's best kept secrets. This restaurant used to be one of the stops for people coming down from LA who were heading to Del Mar or Mexico. It was purchased by new owners recently who completely renovated the building without removing any of the character. Located just north of the 76/Coast Highway interchange across from the Oceanside "Welcome Sign". Be sure to order the Fried Avocado. This restaurant specialty is a great appetizer.

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Hill Street Cafe

Located on Coast Highway and serves great-tasting, organic, healthy food. Don't let this scare you because the food is incredible. Everything is "homemade" and has great flavor. Originally started as a coffee house in the early 90's, the menu has grown to include Mexican specialties, "California-Cuisine", seafood, pastas, and whatever Dan fixes today. Make sure to try the Rippin' Fish Soup.

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Mount Ecclesia

This historic district, home to the Rosicrucian Fellowship, is noted for its singular architecture and the preservation of nature grounds and gardens, offering a unique meditative walking experience. Accommodation and vegetarian meals are also provided during the winter and summer school activities.

Ruby's Diner

A 1940s-style diner located on the end of the Oceanside Pier. You might have to wait a bit for a table, but the food is good and the atmosphere is nice. If you're lucky, you can get a seat by a window at sunset, and watch the sun go down over the ocean as you eat.

The Longboarder Cafe

Arguably the best place in Oceanside for a true-California breakfast experience. It's four blocks from the pier, across Coast Highway from the California Surf Museum, and makes for a great place to start your morning in downtown "O".

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North Coast Village

Beach vacation rentals with beach front condo units, and some with fewer views. The North Coast Village condominium complex is the only such complex in Oceanside to sit right on the beach.

Buena Vista Lagoon

On Coast Highway near the Oceanside-Carlsbad border is a free nature center and self-guided nature trail at the [http://www.bvaudubon.org/ Buena Vista Lagoon Audobon Society].

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Cafe 101

Located at the intersection of Coast Highway and Wisconsin Street. Classic diner food with great burgers and shakes. Make sure to have some of John's chocolate cake.

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Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill

A chain of unique restaurants spanning California and several other western states, has its roots in the San Diego area. And is headquartered in Carlsbad.

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San Luis Rey River Trail

A 7.21-mile trail which runs along the south bank of the San Luis Rey River, passing under several bridges and is excellent for bikers.

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Guajome Park

On the east side of Oceanside is a popular county park that includes a duck pond, horseback riding trails and bird-watching.

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Anita's Fine Mexican Food

This home-style Mexican restaurant has a variety of menu items. You'll love the Margaritas and the carnitas.

Estate Sale Warehouse

Known for its low prices, constantly changing inventory of antiques and furnishings and high volume.

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Oceanside Harbor

Popular place to visit for boating, dining, shopping and sightseeing in a pleasant environment.

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Tin Fish

Menu options include fish tacos, fish and chips, and salads.

EAT   —  302 The Strand

Oceanside Ale Works

Have a brew in a real operational brewery

DRINK   —  +1 760-721-4253 —  1800 Ord Way

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