Finding Apartments for Rent in Oceanside, CA
Oceanside is a coastal city in northern San Diego County. Along with Carlsbad slightly to its south and Vista just to the east, it completes what is referred to as the tri-city area. Just to the north of Oceanside is the Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton, the West Coast’s largest training facility that occupies more than 125 acres. For more than sixty years, Camp Pendleton has been the largest single employer of North San Diego County residents, particularly for those living in Oceanside.
To accommodate its more than 167,000 residents, Oceanside has many apartment complexes. Finding a place to live that meets your needs should not be difficult. Oceanside is a beach town, situated adjacent to the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Its temperate climate and average daily temperatures of around 63° F makes Oceanside an ideal living location. Old and young alike are happy to call Oceanside home.
Top Neighborhoods in Oceanside, CA
Almost all neighborhoods have easy access to Interstate Highway 5 which takes you south to downtown San Diego or north to Orange or Los Angeles Counties. There is no bad neighborhood and you can decide the best one for you depending on how near you want to be to the beach or whether you want to be near schools or walk to downtown restaurants.
Cultural Attractions in Oceanside, CA
In addition to its close proximity to the many cultural attractions of downtown San Diego’s Balboa Park, Oceanside has its own array of historical and art museums as well as missions. At Oceanside Museum of Art you will find the work of local contemporary artists as well as those with global recognition. The museum has both permanent and revolving exhibitions. Enjoy ocean views when relaxing on the museum patio.
There are quite a few other museums in Oceanside. For example, you can visit the Oceanside Historical Museum where the history of the city is preserved in documents and photographs. Heritage Park Village Museum will take you back in time as you visit the original Oceanside Main Street with its intact buildings including the city jail and general store. There is a Model Train Museum and the Museum of Making Music. You can also visit a number of missions, including the Mission San Luis Rey.
Outdoor Activities in Oceanside, CA
Runners, swimmers, surfers and green flash seekers are in their milieu in Oceanside. With its 3.5 miles of white sandy beaches, sunbathers and swimmers can bask in the almost daily sunshine. Surfers can find a spot near the Oceanside Pier where the surfing is at its best. The pier is also the best place to watch for the famous green-flash that crosses the sky at the end of the day as the sun disappears below the horizon. Have your camera ready so you can capture the beauty to show friends who have heard about the flash but have never experienced seeing it for themselves.
Visit the Oceanside Sunset Market on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Find local arts and crafts. You can listen and dance to live music. Buy fresh produce from the certified farmer’s market and eat at the international food court. Enjoy live entertainment on the main stage as well as at various locations around the marketplace.
Transportation in Oceanside, CA
Transportation in and around Oceanside is easy. There are several nearby airports, including the San Diego International Airport approximately 30 miles south of Oceanside, and John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana about 45 miles north. For commuter flights, use the Oceanside Municipal Airport.
Travel by rail is convenient with Amtrak’s Metro-link connecting downtown Oceanside with downtown San Diego to the south and Los Angeles to the north. The Sprinter makes several stops between Oceanside and Escondido, which is about 20 miles east of Oceanside.
Dining in Oceanside, CA
If it is food you are looking for, you will find all of your favorites in Oceanside. From dining in restaurants that specialize in seafood to those that cater to vegans, Oceanside has it. Looking for a national chain? You will find them all in Oceanside. Looking for a table with an ocean view? Oceanside is the place for you. Walk to the end of the Oceanside Pier and grab a sandwich at Ruby’s Diner with its 1940s décor. It offers gluten free choices as well as burgers on a gluten free bun for those with dietary issues.
Drive south on Interstate 5 and pass through coastal towns of Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solano Beach all on your way to downtown San Diego, which is only about 38 miles from Oceanside. In addition to chain restaurants, you will find local cuisine in restaurants that offer oceanside settings for your dining pleasure.
Cultural Attractions in Oceanside, CA
If you have shopped ‘til you dropped, visited the museums, gone surfing in the ocean and walked on the pier, but are looking for more adventurous activities, Oceanside is the place for you. You can go skydiving with Tsunami Skydivers, the only place on the Southern California coast where you can jump out of a plane at 12,000 and enjoy the ocean vistas below you. As you float earthward, you can see from downtown San Diego to Catalina Island approximately sixty miles west of the coastline.
You can also step back in history and take a ride in a restored vintage 1941 bi-plane. View San Diego coastline and Inland County cities from your open-air seat and flash back to the Golden Age of Aviation.
Many well-known attractions are just a few miles from Oceanside. These include:
- Disneyland in Anaheim, which is just a little over 50 miles to the north.
- Legoland in Carlsbad, which is only about seven miles south.
- San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, which is approximately 35 miles south.
- Del Mar Race Track, which is less than 20 miles south.
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