Oceanside, Calif.--When visiting
Oceanside, a north San Diego County beach
destination, don't forget to take time to stop, park, see and walk the Oceanside
Pier, one of the greatest piers in all of California.
The 4th longest Pacific Ocean pier in California at
approx. 1,942 feet in length, Oceanside Pier isn't one of those quickie walks
where you hop out of your car with 15 minutes in the meter, expecting to be back
before the meter readers have found and placed a ticket on your car. Be
sure to keep the meter fed if you get one of the parking spots at the base of
the pier. The city meter people drive around constantly looking and waiting for
cars to expire!
What you don't anticipate in thinking that you are going to do a quick
stroll, then hop back in your car and head to San Diego or wherever the road
leads, is that you can be swept away with the beauty of the Oceanside Pier when
you begin to stroll on it. It really becomes a journey of exploration.
The stairs leading to the pier are interesting in themselves. From a distance
the white painted hand rails on ramps and steps look very regal. A sign at the
entrance to the pier announces that you have arrived at "Oceanside Municipal
Fishing Pier" it states. And it also says that the pier was reconstructed in