Oceanside Beach and Pier

Oceanside Beach and Pier

A clean, laidback beach with amenities for babies and parents, Oceanside Beach and Pier is well-known among military families, thanks to nearby Camp Pendleton. The Strand, a wide concrete walkway just off the sand is perfect for strollers and rental surreys.

Atmosphere: Oceanside Pier is lined with fisherman on benches and surfers in the water below. The pier area gets a lot of traffic on surf event days but is pretty low-key otherwise.

Parking and Entrance: You’ll find metered spots on Pacific Street, and some pay/some free lots surrounding the railroad tracks. To get down to the beach with a stroller, you’ll need to use the steep ramp at the pier or at one of the beach access pay lots.

Nice Walks and Views: The Strand, a wide walkway that runs along the sand, draws both devoted runners and casual walkers. There is also a sidewalk along the top of the bluff with views of the palm trees over the beach.

Activities for Toddlers: Oceanside Beach has a brand new playground (built 2012) with ocean view baby swings, tunnels, double slides and fun climbing features. Chill on the sand while your kids get tired on this big safe play area.

Bathrooms: Bathrooms and showers are north and south of the pier.

Perks for Parents: Surfers convene at the pier here year-round. On the south side of the pier, the amphitheater holds events like surf contests and concerts.

Where to Stay with Kids: Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort has a playground and kid activity program. It’s right on the beach, and you can get condo-style rooms with full kitchens. (333 N. Meyers St.)

Baby-friendly Restaurants: There is a kiosk selling coffee, smoothies and snacks on the Strand. Otherwise, go to Coast Hwy. (Hwy. 1) for a wider selection.

What Else to Do: Catch Oceanside’s Sunset Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings or see cool exhibits at the California Surf Museum.

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