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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Pier
“Oceanside's busiest beach. There is always a ton going on here. Walk the pier, hit the waves, take a surf lesson from Surfing Fire (located at the base of the pier), and have lunch at Tin Fish (under the pier) or Ruby's (end of the pier).”
  • 73 locals recommend
Bar
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“Try the egg rolls or burger for lunch and salmon for dinner. A little pricey but worth it. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Most sandy beach in Oceanside! You can rent kayaks or SUPs here. Stratford and Oceanside Broiler are our favorite restaurants at the harbor. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Rustic destination for handmade pasta & other refined American eats along with wine & craft beer.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Museum
“With a permanent collection which chronicles the history of surfboards and wave-riding, the museum also offers many revolving exhibits each year. In its current museum-quality space, it has acquired a rare set of archives and collections gathered over more than 30 years, comprising one of the world’s richest troves of surfing history. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Located in South Oceanside. Go here for breakfast or lunch and then enjoy the Oceanside Pier and beaches nearby. Open until 2pm daily.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Easy walking distant, fun. There are so many new breweries going into downtown Oceanside, I highly suggest to explore!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lots of seating outdoor and indoor. Great food and the perfect spot for large groups and families during the day and early evening. Live music or karaoke most nights. On the weekends The Coyote becomes more of a night club in the later evening hours. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Off-Licence
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“Good pizza and amazing beer. If you like beer, seriously... Pizza Port beers are amazing! It’s also family friendly, walkable to Carlsbad Beach, and right in the heart of Carlsbad Village.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Recently updated shopping mall with a nice movie theater, plenty of restaurants including Dave and Busters, Islands Burgers and the Cheesecake Factory. Also houses a large 24 hour fitness.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Museum
“Oceanside Museum of Art is a premier regional art museum and a leader of arts and culture in San Diego. In addition to several highly praised contemporary art exhibitions per year, museum programming includes classes, lectures, docent tours, parties, concerts, films, culinary events, and chartered travel to other cultural art venues and destinations.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“Featuring up to 200 merchants and spanning four city blocks, MainStreet Oceanside’s Sunset Market is San Diego County's top weekly food and music street fair. Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., thousands of residents and visitors alike gather here to enjoy hot food from around the world, gourmet goodies and desserts, eclectic shopping and live entertainment. Located on Pier View Way west of Coast Highway in Downtown Oceanside since 2007, this free, family-friendly event also features Dorothy’s KidZone with children’s activities. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
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“Basic healthful fare prepared from responsibly grown produce & locally sourced ingredients.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Decent menu and good drink options. Close to the pier, and there is a rooftop with a great view of the pier and beach.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Great beach with fire pits and BBQ grils/tables, hub for weekend festivals and occasional concerts. Nice stroll to the 2 story Ruby's Dinner at the end of the Pier- I recommend their banana split! ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great Whiskey Bar and Microbrewery. Also has great food and neat atmosphere.”
  • 23 locals recommend