Closest to MCB Camp Pendleton is the city of Oceanside, situated on 3 miles of sandy beaches, with an ideal mix of urban and rural environments, blessed with almost perfect year-round weather. Three major highways, Interstate 5 and highways 76 and 78, provide easy access to and from Oceanside. The city is also served by Amtrak and Greyhound bus lines. Local commuter and private aircraft use the Oceanside Municipal Airport. McClellan-Palomar Airport in nearby Carlsbad is a general aviation facility, offering private air travel.
Oceanside’s weather, being much like the rest of the San Diego coastal area, offers the perfect climate for the outdoor enthusiast. Residents have access to numerous golf courses, parks, tennis courts and biking trails, as well as facilities for volleyball, basketball and softball.
For those who just want to relax, Oceanside Harbor and Harbor Beach are ideal spots for an afternoon stroll or picnic. Oceanside Harbor, a man-made facility, is one of the best in Southern California and considered to be one of the most beautiful. For shopping, Cape Cod Village provides many unique shops and restaurants.
Health care for Oceanside is provided by Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. Several medical, dental and professional health care complexes also surround the hospital. For more detailed information, call the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce at 760-722-1534 or visit www.oceansidechamber.com.
Two commuter trains, the Coaster, which travels between Oceanside and San Diego, and the Metrolink, which travels between Oceanside and Los Angeles, also serve Oceanside.
The California Welcome Center in Oceanside is at 928 N. Coast Highway. Volunteers assist travelers and offer assistance with directions, information, hotel reservations and discount tickets for San Diego attractions.
Oceanside Harbor is a mecca for sport fishing, whale watching, boating and other water-oriented activities. The marina inside the harbor has slips ranging in length from 25 to 51 feet. Transient moorings and limited RV beach camping are available.
Old Mission San Luis Rey is a national historic landmark and the largest in a chain of Californian missions established by the early Spanish missionaries. This magnificent structure, known as the “King of Missions,” shelters a museum, gift shop and conference center.
Situated a few steps from the shore of Buena Vista Lagoon, the Audubon Nature Center offers a variety of natural history experiences. Walk along a shore trail amid native plants to see views of the lagoon and its bird life.
You’ll see surfers catching the waves as you stroll along one of the longest wooden overwater piers on the Pacific Coast. The Oceanside Pier has a bait and gift shop and you can dine at the restaurant at the end as you watch a Catalina sunset.
Other Oceanside attractions include the Oceanside Museum of Art, Heritage Park Village and the California Surf Museum.