Oceanside Harbor is a paradise of palm-lined beaches, harbor inns, quaint and resort-style boutiques, and fine restaurants. Oceanside Harbor offers amenities to make the visits of boaters, surfers, and bathers a wonderful experience. The waterfront Oceanside Harbor Village contains nautical and tropical gifts, souvenirs, and beach wear. Oceanside's beach offers many areas for picnics, barbecues, fire rings, beach volleyball, and play areas for kids. Beach surfing and sea kayaking are popular activities at Oceanside Harbor, and boat charters are available for whale watching and sport fishing.
Oceanside Harbor has one of the most comfortable climates in the United States. The average high temperature is 24 °C (75 °F) in July and the average low is 18 °C (64 °F) in January. Furthermore, Oceanside Harbor gets less than 11 inches of rain per year, so expect lots of sunshine as you frolic on the beach!
In 1986, the California Surf Museum was opened in Oceanside Harbor. Located near the Oceanside Harbor Pier, the museum gives visitors a unique view at the surf culture of southern California. With permanent and rotating exhibits, tourists love to photograph the mural of a perfect barrel. The museum features a collection of surfboards going back to the 1920s and sponsors events throughout the year, including the annual November Surf Festival. More than 20 thousand people visit the Surf Museum each year, making it one of Oceanside Harbor's most popular attractions. The non-profit organization is proud that it is the pre-eminent showplace for California surfing memorabilia and history.
Oceanside Harbor's most popular beach is Pier View South, just south of Oceanside Pier. Frequently crowded with surfers, body boarders, and body surfing contestants, there are many other events held at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. People love to walk on and fish from the pier. While no activity is permitted within 100 feet of the pier, two lifeguard stations protect swimmers at the beach. Pier View South offers covered picnic tables, benches, barbecues, and some fire rings. There are also restrooms and showers available and vending machines under the pier.
Breakwater Way is a more quiet family-oriented beach just south of Oceanside Harbor. Popular with surfers and volleyball players as well, the beach is closed to surfing during the summer months. At the river jetty, the San Luis Rey River enters the ocean. This is one of the area's least crowded beaches. Children should not play at the river mouth due to the strong currents and possible high bacteria levels. Breakwater Way offers showers, restrooms, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and a volleyball court.
Oceanside Harbor's biggest beach, Harbor Beach, offers something for everyone. Next to Harbor Beach, Oceanside Harbor offers a hotel and many shops. Visitors can sail in the harbor and find day-long trips on deep-sea fishing boats and whale watching excursions. Kayaks are also available for rent. Visitors can fish from the jetties, and the beach has three lifeguard towers. The amenities at Harbor Beach include gazebos, picnic tables, barbecue grills, showers, restrooms, telephones, and 24 fire rings along the beach.