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OceansideOceanside is 35 miles north of San Diego and just 90 miles south of Los Angeles. Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base is located in North Oceanside, and is considered a “recreational” paradise with its military community spreading out over 125,000 acres. The city has 3 golf courses, lots of tennis courts and over 6 miles of beach front roadway. The Oceanside Harbor has a 260 slip boat launch area as well as chartered sport fishing boats and whale watching tours. The 1,942 ft. Pier is a prized community resource, and great for a stroll out to watch the surfers and waves or a sunset.

Oceanside Museum of Art, located in downtown Oceanside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and historic pier, is a cultural jewel. Also worth a visit is the California Surf Museum, which is actively locating, collecting, documenting and preserving historic surfing related artifacts and memorabilia.

Relocation to Oceanside is well-known and popular because of its affordability, attractive beaches and near perfect weather, giving it a population of 167,086.

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The Oceanside community is rich in natural treasures, tradition and history. From the earliest dwellers to the pioneering families who settled here and built on the land, Oceanside has become a place where civic involvement, military pride and ethnic and social diversity join for a common cause, the ongoing celebration of Oceanside’s unique history.

Relocation to Oceanside, California is a popular destination because of afford- ability, beautiful beaches, attractive Harbor and near perfect weather. This also makes Oceanside a popular alternative to San Diego, California relocation. Oceanside is located just 35 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles south of Los Angeles – far enough away to still have small town appeal, but close enough to provide access to urban amenities. Oceanside is the perfect Southern California relocation paradise that can serve the entire family.

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Over 3.5 miles of white sandy beaches make Oceanside the ideal place for sunning, surfing, and sandcastle building. Take a leisurely stroll along the water or bring your pole for some great surf fishing.

With plenty of parking and easy beach access, Oceanside presents one of the finest beach areas on the west coast. Harbor beach alone offers more than 16 acres of clean level sand, and handicap “sand” wheel chairs are available for use at each lifeguard tower. Enjoy a day at the beach and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Oceanside Harbor

Unlike most ports, all boats are visible from a two-lane asphalt drive encircling its shoreline. Fine restaurants, picnic tables, and a Harbor Village with shops, eateries, and a lighthouse, along with the nearby Harbor Beach combine to offer the seafarer and motor visitor an enchanting experience of color and atmosphere. Oceanside’s Harbor is a mecca for sportfishing, whale watching, boating and other water-oriented activities. The Marina inside the harbor has sloops ranging in length from 25-51 feet. Transient moorings and limited RV beach camping are available. Harbor Days is a scheduled annual event held the 3rd weekend in September.

Oceanside Pier

The historic Oceanside Pier is a prized community resource as well as a monument to its citizens’ persistence in seeing that a pier remains a part of its oceanfront recreational facilities. At its current 1,942 feet in length, it remains one of the longest wooden construction recreational piers on the West Coast. From its reach, viewers can peer into the entrance channel of Oceanside Harbor, a 900 + boat recreational marina that sits along the northwest borders of the city. The pier is a recreational common ground for Oceanside, a place where young and old, fisherman and surfer, tourist and residents mingle, stroll, and sit to watch the waves or the sunset while enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. While a fishing license is required for surf fishing on the beach,

no license is needed for fishing off the pier.

Mission San Luis Rey

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, named in honor of St. Louis, King of France, is located in a secluded valley four miles east of Highway 5 in Oceanside. Founded in June 1798 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, the Mission is one of the most architecturally impressive of all the California missions. Built of adobe and faced with brick, it is a composite of Spanish, Mexican, and Moorish styles. For over thirty years the mission prospered under the direction of Father Antonio Peyri. By 1801, over 300 Indians had been enrolled in the mission, making it one of the most populous in California. After secularization in the 1830’s, the mission grounds were used for bullfights and later, as a military post by U.S. troops. In 1893, the mission was rededicated as a Franciscan seminary. Today, the “King of Missions” includes a picnic area, museum and gift shop. The newly developed San Luis Rey Valley Conference Center & Garden’s, located at the Mission, is equipped to accommodate conventions, conferences, banquets, as well as weddings, it covers 17,500 square feet of space with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment – a perfect meeting place!

Heritage Park

Heritage Park Village & Museum centers around an idyllic Main Street lined with many of historic Oceanside’s original buildings. The first General Store, the Portola Inn, the Blacksmith Shop & Livery Stable, a doctors office, the Old City jail, Libby School and the Blade newspaper building provide an ambient backdrop for education programs, special events and social gatherings of all kinds.

Recreational Activities

Oceanside’s recreational opportunities are geared to fit every lifestyle. The city boasts 3 golf courses, numerous tennis courts and over 6 miles of beachfront roadway just perfect for jogging, biking or rollerblading. Known as a mecca for watersports, our 260 slip Harbor has a convenient boat launch area and offers services for boat, kayak and jetski rentals. Helgren’s Sportfishing Inc. operates daily sportfishing charters going out of the Harbor, and also offers Whale Watching Tours from December through March. Try your hand at surf fishing along our coastline, or simply drop a line off the end of our 1972 ft pier and wait for the fish to bite. Oceanside also hosts numerous amateur and profes- sional surfing contests through out the year.

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

The world’s largest U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Training Base is located in North Oceanside. It is considered a “recreational” paradise with its military community of over 36,000 spread over 125,000 acres. The camp is well recognized for its interest and effort toward ecology and the preservation of natural resources. With its three mountain ranges and varied geographical terrain, Camp Pendleton has earned its title as an “Ecological Oasis of Coastal California.” Home of the First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton is situated on what was once a Spanish land grant called Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores. The area’s natural beauty has been changed as little as possible, making Camp Pendleton a modern military base in the heart of a little piece of history.


The Oceanside area has several beautiful golf courses:

Center City Golf Course 760-433-8590 El Camino Country Club 760-757-2100 Emerald Isle Golf 760-721-4700 Oceanside Golf Course 760-433-1360

Guajome Regional Park

Nestled in the serene and historic San Luis Rey valley, Guajome Regional Park is a beautiful ecological preserve featuring native chaparral vegetation. There is a wonderful lake perfect for fishing and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Quiet, modern campsites are available year round.

Oceanside Municipal Airport

A half-mile of highway allows you to travel a half mile; a half-mile of airport runway will allow you to travel anywhere you choose. Over the last century, civil aviation has become an integral part of the U.S. economy, a key catalyst for economic growth.

There has been an airport in the San Luis Rey Valley since the 1930’s. The Oceanside Municipal Airport is a paved and lighted landing facility, providing tourists and businesses and alternate mode of transportation into our city. In addition, the Oceanside Airport serves as a flight training facility for our future airline and military pilots, not to mention a possible astronaut or two. The airport is also used, regularly, by Life Flight Medical Services as well as other emergency services. The Oceanside Municipal Airport is truly an asset to our city.

Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center

At the absolute southern edge of Oceanside, you’ll find the Buena Vista Audubon Society’s Nature center. Sited on the Buena Vista Lagoon, the Center offers a variety of natural history experiences. In the course of an afternoon, you can walk amid native plants to see views of the lagoon and its bird life, discover tracks along the shore that reveal the night’s animal visitors, tour the garden of native plants, find the world’s tiniest mammals in one of the exhibits of local habitat, learn what endangered species live in the lagoon and challenge your children with nature games.

California Surf Museum

Until the California surf Museum was opened, very little had been done in an organized way to preserve the history of surfing, its boards, or its fascinating artifacts. At a time when the historical roots of many beach communities are rapidly changing and/or disappearing, the California Surf Museum is rising to the challenge of providing a strong link between the oceans, many ocean sports, and the lifestyles of the community. The museum is actively locating, collecting, documenting and preserving historic surfing related artifacts and memorabilia. Through a series of rotating exhibits, the California Surf Museum presents a varied picture of the many facet of surfing.

Oceanside Museum of Art

Oceanside Museum of Art is a cultural jewel location in downtown Oceanside

with a view of the Pacific Oceans and the historic Oceanside Pier. The museum is housed in a classic Irving Gill designed building that represents the flavor of Southern California in the 1930’s. Providing North San Diego County with a variety of programming that compliments its progressive exhibition schedule, OMA presents five provocative exhibits each year.

Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4 and Sunday, 1-4. Admission is $5, seniors, students and military $3. For information call, 760-721-2787 or visit the website at


Oceanside Unified School District 2111 Mission Ave., / Oceanside, CA 92058 760-966-4000 /

Elementary Schools

Del Rio 5200 North River Road / Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 901-7300 /

Foussat 3800 Pala Road / Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 721-2200 /

Garrison 333 Garrison St. / Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 757-8270 /

Ivey Ranch 4275 Via Rancho Road / Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 967-9720 /

Laurel 1410 Laurel St. / Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 966-4200 /

Libby Elementary 423 W. Redondo Drive / Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 901-7000 /

Christa McAuliffe 3701 Kelton Dr. / Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 722-8357 /

Mission 2100 Mission Avenue / Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 966-8700 /

Nichols 4250 Old Grove Road / Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 435-7400 / /

North Terrace 940 Capistrano Drive / Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 757-4343 /

Palmquist 1999 California Street / Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 757-0337 /

Reynolds 4575 Douglas Dr. / Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 901-7200 /

San Luis Rey 3535 Hacienda Dr. / Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 757-2360 /

Santa Margarita 1 Carnes Road Camp Pendleton MCB / Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 430-7110 /

South Oceanside 1806 South Horne Street / Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 435-2100 /

Stuart Mesa 100 Yamanaka Way / Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 430-3331 /

Middle Schools

Cesar Chavez 202 Oleander Drive / Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 966-4900 /

Jefferson 823 Acacia Avenue / Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 757-6060 /

Martin Luther King, Jr. 1290 Ivey Ranch Road / Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 901-8800 /

Lincoln 2000 California Street / Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 757-0153 /

High Schools

El Camino 400 Rancho Del Oro Dr. / Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 757-8550 /

Oceanside 1 Pirates Cove / Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 722-8201 /

Ocean Shores 3131 Oceanside Boulevard / Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 439-3142 /

Charter Schools

Coastal Academy 4183 Avenida de La Plata #1 / Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 631-4020 /

Pacific View Charter School 3670 Ocean Ranch Blvd. / Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 757-0161 /

Private Schools

Halstrom High School 380 S. Melrose Dr., Suite 416 / Vista, CA 92081 (760) 732-1200 /

Peppertree Montessori 427 College Blvd, Suite I / Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 940-1931 /

Army and Navy Academy 2605 Carlsbad Blvd. / Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 547-5278 /


Discovery Preschool & Child Care 1759 Oceanside Blvd Ste G/H / Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 433-8939 /

Mission Montessori School 3965 Mission Avenue, Ste. 415 / Oceanside, CA 92058 Phone: (760) 722-0243 /

Vista Unifi ed School District

1234 Arcadia, Vista, CA 92084 760-726-2170 /

Elementary Schools

Alamosa Park 5130 Alamosa Park Drive, Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 940-0700 / FAX: (760) 940-0522

Empresa 4850 Avenida Empresa, Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 940-8454 / FAX: (760) 940-1578

Mission Meadows 5657 Spur Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 630-7884 / FAX: (760) 630-8598

Temple Heights 1550 Temple Heights Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 631-6242 / FAX: (760) 631-6240

Middle Schools

Roosevelt 850 Sagewood Drive, Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 726-8003 / FAX: (760) 726-8596

High Schools

Mission Vista 1306 Melrose Drive, Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 758-6800 / FAX: (760) 758-6832