For visitors just hoping to spend some quality beach time in Oceanside, you can rent a bike and ride on the paved beach paths that run parallel to the Pacific Ocean. The ocean is almost always within in view, in fact.
And another option for getting around is to take your bicycle with you as you board the commuter train that stops at various cities along the way south to San Diego. Places such as Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar are usually part of the route where trains stop.
For serious riders or outdoor exploring, The San Luis Rey River bike path is an easy, 9-mile paved class one bicycle and pedestrian trail that follows the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside, California. The trail is relatively flat and straight, and there aren't any stop signs, traffic lights, or street crossings on this Class I bicycle trail. The main path runs southwest and west along the south bank of the river, passing under College Ave and Douglas Dr., Foussat Rd. and Benet Rd. Bridges. The path continues west along the south bank of the San Luis Rey River, passing under I-5 and N. Coast Hwy. The path turns south and runs roughly parallel to the Santa Fe and Metrolink railroad tracks and ends at the west end of Neptune Way, just a short distance from Cleveland St. Hikers, runners and roller-bladers also use the trail, so caution is advised for bike riders--and watch your speed! It is completely separate from motorized traffic and is free of stop signs and traffic lights.
The west end of the trail is within a few blocks of the Oceanside Transit Center where commuters can board the Coaster, Amtrak and Metrolink trains or North County Transit District buses, all of which can accommodate bicycles.
For commuter information call:
North County Transit District: (760) 966-6500
Metrolink: (800) 371-LINK (5465)
Coaster: (800) COASTER
Other places to ride a bike in Oceanside:
The Strand - along Oceanside Beach
Coastal Rail Trail - ends at Carlsbad