Historic Boardwalk and Great Surfing
Pier View South Beach
Pier View South Beach is a popular beach just south of the pier. It features covered picnic tables, benches, barbecues and fire rings. You’ll also find restrooms and showers. This beach holds many surfing contests in the summer. This beach has a party atmosphere with two lifeguard towers to protect surfers and swimmers all year long.
Pier View North Beach
Pier View North Beach has a quieter atmosphere than the South Beach. There is generally more space to spread out on the beautiful sand. This beach also has two lifeguard towers manned through the year. You’ll find volleyball courts but bring your own net and ball.
Oceanside Pier is most known for its wooden pier that stretches more than a third of a mile into the Pacific Ocean. It’s a great place to spot wildlife. Bring a few coins to use the binoculars along the edge of the pier. You can also fish off the pier for halibut, barracuda and mackerel.
At the end of the pier, you can grab a bite to eat at the famous Ruby’s Diner. Sunset is a popular time to walk the pier to watch the sun go down. No water activity is permitted within 100 feet of the pier. As a City Ordinance, this is strictly enforced for safety reasons.
Did you know?
The first version of the pier in Oceanside was built in the late 1880's.
The Oceanside beaches have great surfing south and northwest swells all year long. The community is home to many professional surfers due to its consistent surfing conditions.
In the summer months, beginners and advanced surfers will be able take advantage of lessons offered by surf shops. During the winter, Oceanside features overhead waves that are much higher than the height of an average man.
Surfers should be aware of currents, because some can get strong and sweep you through the pier.
Other popular activities in the area include bodyboarding, paddle boarding and kayaking. Equipment for these sports can be rented at one of the local shops. You can also rent wetsuits and swim fins, which are recommended for safer swimming. Bicycle rentals are also an option and a very popular way to explore the beach.
The Fin Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is the perfect place to stay while visiting Oceanside. This boutique hotel is right in the middle of the neighborhood’s top restaurants, bars and shops. The beach is also within walking distance.