Beautiful Harbor Beach is Oceanside's largest beach, offering everything from surfing to volleyball. 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 has three lifeguard towers, Towers 12, 14, 16. Tower 12, at the south end of Harbor Beach, is nearest the south jetty; Tower 14 is situated in the middle of the beach, and Tower 16, at the north end of Harbor Beach, is nearest the north jetty. Harbor Beach is a beautiful venue that has something to offer everyone.
Facilities: the area behind each lifeguard tower has picnic tables, barbecue grills, gazebos and showers. There are restrooms and telephones, a snack bar and some volleyball courts (you supply the net and ball). There are 24 fire rings along Harbor Beach.
Parking: there are a number of parking lots in the Harbor beach area.
Directions: From Interstate 5, take the Harbor Drive exit, west; Harbor Drive will take you directly to the entrance of the Harbor.
Oceanside Boulevard Beach
Oceanside Boulevard 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.
Facilities: there are no restrooms located at this beach. There is a shower. The closest public restroom is either Buccaneer or Wisconsin Street beach.
Parking: parking is available along Pacific Street and other neighboring streets.
Directions: from Interstate 5, take the Oceanside Boulevard exit; go west to the beach and to Lifeguard Tower 9.
Pier View North
If you're looking for a quiet, relaxed
atmosphere, Pier View North is the
place to come. With a wide, white
sandy beach, come to swim, boogie
board, and play volleyball.
Facilities: restrooms, showers.
Parking: One pay parking lot just north
of the Pier, one on the corner of
Mission Ave and Myers St, and on
Surfrider Way, ½ block east of Pacific
St. There is also metered parking along
Directions: From I-5, take the Mission Ave Exit, west; continue on Mission Ave approximately 1.5
miles to Pacific St and Oceanside Pier will be on the right. There is beach access from Pacific St at the
Pier and Surfrider Way.
Pier View South
Oceanside's most popular beach, is located south of
the Oceanside Pier.
Surfing, body boarding and body surfing contests are
held at the Oceanside Pier throughout the summer.
There are also various events that are held in the
Oceanside Pier Amphitheater.
The Pier itself is also a beautiful walk and a popular
fishing spot and at the end of the Pier is Ruby's, a
50's style diner.
Amenities include: picnic tables, benches and
Facilities: playground equipment, restrooms and
Parking: there are pay parking lots located south and
north of the Pier. Another pay parking lot is located
one block east of Pacific St on Mission Ave and
Myers St. There is also metered parking available on
Directions: From I-5, take the Mission Ave Exit, west. Continue until you reach Pacific St.
Tyson Street Beach
Tyson St beach, also known as Tyson
St Park, is within walking distance of
the Oceanside Pier. Just a few feet
from the beach, it is a great location
for picnics. Stairs are provided for
beach and park access from Pacific
Amenities: picnic tables, benches,
Facilities: restrooms, showers, and a
public telephone are available.
Parking: metered parking available on
Pacific St. The nearest parking lot is
located one block east of Pacific St
and one block north of Tyson St on the corner of Mission Ave and Myers St. There are also two
handicapped parking spaces available on The Strand.
Directions: From I-5, take the Mission Ave Exit, west. Proceed west on Mission Ave to Pacific St,
turn left on Pacific St and continue for about ½ mile until you reach Tyson St.
Wisconsin Street Beach
Wisconsin St and The Strand.
This is a beach with an attitude.
When the tide is high, the water
often comes all the way up to the