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Oceanside Harbor Surf Spot

The Oceanside harbor is is the last beach located in the San Diego County and it's definitely a beach to check out for some fun waves and good times with friends or family.


Location:

The harbor in Oceanside is the last actual beach located in San Diego County. The harbor itself is located in North Oceanside and is just North of the pier. The roads that lead around the harbor can be somewhat tricky so make sure to follow the signs to where you wish to go.


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The Parking Scenario:

As you arrive at the Oceanside Harbor, you will see an abundance of parking spots and lots to park in. However, most of these lots require a fee to park or are toll parking spots. The fee is $5 - $10 depending on how long you will be there. If you turn right as you see the beach and head to the boat ramps and more additional parking. These spots are reserved for people using the ramps and such so please park either in a pay lot or park further away from the beach and walk in.

The pay parking lot along the beach at Oceanside harbor

I would like to note that as you are heading West toward the beach, there will be a very large pay parking lot. The East side, which is next to the shops and restaurants did not seem to be a pay parking lot but park there at your own risk as I am not sure of the laws and posted regulations.

The possible free parking with the beach in the distance and the stores and restaurants behind

Beach Accessibility and Conveniences:

The beach access is pretty straight forward at the Oceanside Harbor, walk about 200 yards and you are in the water! It doesnít get much better than that in my book so enjoy the soft sand and fun waves.

The view looking South from the harbor toward the Oceanside Pier

There are a number of conveniences and useful things located at the Oceanside harbor. First off, there are many public restrooms located near the beach and parking lots. These restrooms are maintained by the city and are usually decent in cleanliness. On busier weekends, make sure to note that they probably havenít been cleaned in too long so wear some sandals or shoes in there.

The restrooms located along the parking lot and beach

Toward the North end of the beach, just pass the boat ramps, there is a full playground that is perfect for kids. There are a few separate sections and a swing set which seems to be a popular place during the summer months. These playgrounds are definitely a must for any family spending a day at the beach.

The playground located at the North end of the beach

Up against the parking lots, you will see several awnings, tables and benches which are awesome for picnics or a nice dinner at the beach. Most of the areas are equipped with a BBQ or fire pit as well. During the summer months, I recommend getting to the beach very early if you wish to occupy one of these spots for the day. They get filled up very quickly and most of the time, families and groups of people stay until the sun is far past set.

The BBQ pits and benches

Lifeguard:

There are lifeguard towers located up and down the beach at the harbor and they are operated all throughout the summer months. In fact, I have been there a few times in the Spring and Early Autumn and lifeguards were working in the towers. On top of the towers, they are usually lifeguard vehicles patrolling up and down the beach all day.

Because the harbor is a very nice beach for a family, the lifeguards are on full alert for a child in trouble so help them out by keeping an eye on any close surfers or family members in the water. Because of the jetties and harbor walls, rip tides and strong currents can occur so please take that into account and be careful out there.

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