Harbor Beach is Oceanside's largest beach. The Oceanside Harbor, adjacent
to Harbor Beach, has many amenities including the Marina Inn Hotel and
a variety of shops. In the harbor, you can sail, spend the day on a deep-sea
fishing boat, whale watch, rent kayaks or visit the marina. Fishing is
an option from the jetties. Harbor Beach is a beautiful venue that has
something to offer everyone.
volleyball courts (you supply the net and ball)
rings along Harbor Beach
are a number of parking lots in the Harbor beach area.
Interstate 5, exit Harbor Drive, west Harbor Drive will take you directly
to the entrance of the Harbor.
a quiet, family beach located just south of Oceanside Harbor. It is popular
with surfers and volleyball players. Surfers, however, will have to walk
down to the jetty in the summer months when the beach is closed to surfing
in front of Lifguard Tower 8. The river jetty is where the San Luis Rey
River meets the ocean. A sandbar is often formed here and creates a good
surf break. The area at the river mouth is usually one of Oceansides
least populated beaches. This is partly because it is open for surfing
only, and because its a bit of a walk from the parking areas. Children
often like to play in the river mouth; this is not advised because it
poses a safety concern due to the strong currents and the potential for
high levels of bacteria in the river.
parking lot is located east of Pacific Street. There is also metered
parking along Pacific Street.
Interstate 5, take the Coast Highway exit, west
left onto Coast Highway
two blocks to Surfrider and turn right
you reach Pacific Street, turn right and continue three blocks to Breakwater
parking lot will be on the east of Pacific Street.
north of the Oceanside Pier have much more sand than those south of the
pier and provide more space for those visiting the beach. Due to the Pier
Amphitheater being situated on the south side of the pier, there are fewer
activities and events that occur on the north side and the pier. This
often makes for a quiet, more relaxed atmosphere. During the summer months,
an area is closed to surfing (blackballed) but open for all other water
activities. The surfing and swimming area will always be marked with checkered
flags and swim-surf signs.
courts (you provide net and ball)
Beach Community Center is located just north of the pier on The Strand.
Several programs and activities are held here throughout the year.
small, pay parking lot, which usually fills up rather quickly in the
summer, is located just north of the pier.
is metered parking along Pacific Street
pay parking lots are located on the corner of Mission Avenue and Myers
Street, and on Surfrider Way, ½ block east of Pacific Street.
Interstate 5, Exit on Mission Avenue, west
on Mission Avenue approximately 1.5 miles to Pacific Street and Oceanside
Pier will be on the right
is beach access from Pacific Street at the pier and Surfrider Way
area south of the Oceanside Pier is Oceansides most popular beach. If
you dont mind crowds, you will be comfortable here. The pier itself is
a beautiful walk and a popular fishing spot as well. Due to the number
of beachgoers in this area, there are two lifeguard towers relatively
close together. During the summer months, the area from Tower 1 south
is closed to surfing most of the day. The area will be marked with a black
ball flag as well as swim-surf signs and black-and-white checkered flags
that indicate the boundaries. The surfing area is from Lifeguard Tower
1 to 100 feet from the pier and is closed to all other water activities.
No water activity is allowed within 100 feet of the pier. It is easy to
determine the 100-foot line by looking to the shore and locating two black
and yellow signs. The 100-foot rule is a safety precaution and is a strictly
enforced City ordinance.
rings on the sand
and vending machines are located under the pier, in front of the Beach
stand and other vending stands are also located under the pier
itself offers fishing, a bait shop, payphones and restrooms. At the
end of the pier is the 50s diner, Rubys.
lots are located south and north of the pier
pay parking lot is located one block east of Pacific Street on Mission
Avenue and Myers Street
is also metered parking available on Pacific Street
Interstate 5, exit Mission Avenue, west
until you reach Pacific Street and you will be in the pier area
beach, also known as Tyson Street Park, is within walking distance of
the Oceanside Pier. Lifeguard Tower 5 is located here. Since the park
is just a few feet from the beach, it is great for picnics. Stairs are
provided for beach and park access from Pacific Street. Due to crowds
in this area during the summer months, it is necessary to prohibit surfing
here for the safety of swimmers and waders. The area will be marked with
a black ball flag, checkered flags and swim-surf signs.
park has a large grassy area including:
parking available on Pacific Street
parking lot is located one block east of Pacific Street and one block
north of Tyson Street on the corner of Mission Avenue and Myers Street.
There are also two available handicapped parking spaces on The Strand.
Interstate 5, exit Mission Avenue, west
left on Pacific Street Continue for about ½ mile until you reach Tyson
Street beach is located at Wisconsin Street and The Strand. The south
strand is a one-way, southbound street that parallels the beach. There
is a ramp just north of the lifeguard Tower 7 for access to the beach.
This is Oceansides least frequented beach due to the beach being narrow.
When the tide is high, the water often comes all the way up to the rocks,
leaving very little or no beach at all. The ocean in this area is open
to all water activities.
pay parking lot is located directly behind the lifeguard tower on The
is also parking along Pacific Street
Interstate 5, exit on Oceanside Boulevard, west
Street turn right
for about ½ a mile until you reach Wisconsin Street
Boulevard beach offers more actual beach area than its neighbor, Buccaneer
Beach. All along the beachfront, there are private homes facing the ocean.
During the summer months there is an area directly in front of the lifeguard
tower (Tower 9), approximately 200 ft., that is designated for swimmers,
waders and body boarders only. For safety precautions, this area is closed
to surfing and will be marked by checkered flags and swim-surf signs.
There is a very large rock that sits in the surfline approximately 300
feet south of the lifeguard tower and can be seen at low tide.
are no restrooms located at this beach
public restroom is either Buccaneer or Wisconsin Street beach
is available along Pacific Street and other neighboring streets
Interstate 5, exit on Oceanside Boulevard, west
to the beach and you will see Lifeguard Tower 9
Beach is Oceanside's smallest beach with a lifeguard tower (Tower 11);
however, the beach offers other activities due to the park located across
the street. During the summer months, the water directly in front of the
lifeguard tower and between the rocks that border the neighboring homes
is designated for swimmers, waders and body boarders only. As a safety
precaution, this area is closed to surfing and is marked by two checkered
flags and swim-surf signs. The area outside of the flags is open to surfing
and to all other types of water activity.
Park is located just across the street from the beach. The park has
a large grass area including:
parking lot available directly across the street from the beach
North on Interstate 5:
Vista Way and go west
Turn right on Coast Highway
Left on Cassidy Street
On Pacific Street turn right and travel half a mile to Buccaneer
South on Interstate 5:
Cassidy Street west
right on Pacific Street and travel half a mile to Buccaneer Beach
Alcohol is prohibited on all City beaches, jetties, the pier, and all
dogs are prohibited on all City beaches throughout the year. You
may walk your dog on a leash on The Strand.
Fires are allowed in designated City fire rings ONLY. No fires are allowed
from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily. There is no curfew on fire rings at
Harbor Beach. All wood must be no longer than 30 inches in length and
must not be allowed to rise above the height of the fire ring more than
2 feet. You must attend your fire at all times. Any unattended wood will
be removed and disposed of. No chemically treated wood is allowed. The
use of pallets is forbidden. Do not cut or break apart wood on the beach,
street, walkways, or parking areas. When finished, extinguish embers or
fires with WATER ONLY NOT SAND! If you wish to bring your own barbecue,
it must be elevated off the ground. Coals must be removed or disposed
of in the hot-coal container located at Tyson Street Park, or Harbor Lot
12 on Harbor Beach, or in a fire ring.
and SURFING AREAS: All swimming and body boarding areas are marked with
a black-and-white checkered flag. If you wish to surf with a hard surfboard
you must be outside of this area. A yellow flag with a black dot identifies
a swimming-only area.
Overnight camping is allowed in the Harbor Beach area in Lot 12.
No dogs, alcohol, glass containers, bike riding, roller blading, overhead
casting, sitting on the rails, or jumping off the pier. When in the water,
you must remain at least 100 feet away from the pier at all times. Paddling
through or shooting the pier on a surfboard is prohibited.
AREAS: All picnic areas and fire rings are first-come, first-served. You
cannot hold your spot with a "Beach Chair"; there must a person standing
and UNLOADING: Parking your car on the strand is prohibited at all times.
If you wish to load and unload your vehicle, you may use a turnaround,
such as the one at "Surfrider" and The Strand.