There are many beach activities to do while staying at an Oceanside vacation rental. You only have to grab some sunscreen and pick from any of the beach experiences that will give you the most memorable time during your trip.
Only by staying at an Oceanside vacation home can you have the opportunity to fish by the beach. At 1 Oceanside Pier, you'll get to stroll down one of the longest wooden piers in the country, measuring over 1950 feet. Head out to the Mid-pier if you want to reel in some guitarfish. Walk towards the end of the pier, if you want to chance upon some halibut or sand bass; a mackerel or bonito might surprise you. If you use anchovies as bait, the white croaker or queen fish may bite. Be aware that White Sea bass must be returned to the sea. You do not need a license to fish here and it's open all day long. Bring along some binoculars to spot the distant Coronado Island's, and a Ruby's Diner at the end.
Go down towards the end of Harbor Drive South and you'll find the Harbor Beach Campground. Limited only to RV/Trailer camping, there are no hook ups here and pitching a tent is not permitted. If you wish to stay overnight, there is a $15 fee.
You can shop and dine at the nearby Harbor Village. As Oceanside's widest beachfront, you'll have enough space to play beach volleyball, spread out a picnic, allow kids to play at the playground, or head out to the marina and arrange for deep-sea fishing or whale watching trips. Scattered fire rings are spotted around this beach. At this particular beach, campfires are permitted all night, however, the wood, height of fire, and other factors are regulated; so make sure you are informed of these. Portable fire pits are not permitted with you when you camp.
Hobnob with the Locals
At Pier View South, specifically at Seagaze Drive and South of The Strand, you'll find the most bustling of all Oceanside's beaches. Several events are held here like the World Bodysurfing Championships wherein athletes come from all corners of the globe, the Ofest Summer Beach Festival on the 4th of July that might include fireworks, the Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim where participants compete for the Oceanside Swim Club, and the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta where the Hispanic community will set up booths and bring out some live performances. With the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater located at this beach, you might chance upon some musical shows, too. You won't be roughing it at this beach because conveniences like payphones and vending machines are available.
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