Once a tiny coastal community near Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California has burgeoned into a city of nearly 200,000 that draws visitors year round to its beaches. Enjoy the festive activities, concerts and events that take place in and around the Oceanside Pier, explore the city’s happening arts scene at the Oceanside Museum of Art or relax surfside at one of the city’s beaches, such as Harbor Beach and Breakwater Way. Family-friendly hotels and inns are scattered throughout the town.
Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort
Offering family-friendly accommodations and daily programs for kids, the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort has guest rooms that range from studio size to two-bedroom, condo-style suites. Most rooms include fully equipped kitchens, laundry areas, master bedroom spa tubs and shaded private balconies. Take advantage of the hotel’s hot tub and game room, and pick up discounted tickets to local attractions. Enjoy breakfast at the on-site Sea Breeze Café and Marketplace and collect beach essentials before heading out for a day of surfing, sunbathing and fishing. Other nearby attractions include 10 public golf courses, including the Center City Golf Course and the Emerald Isle Golf Course.
Oceanside Marina Suites
Surrounded on three sides by the harbor, the Oceanside Marina Suites offers spectacular views paired with modest accommodations. Guest rooms do not have air conditioning, but windows open to welcome the ocean breezes. One- and two-bedroom suites include fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, cozy fireplaces and private balconies. The hotel also provides free wireless Internet and complimentary continental breakfasts served alongside the heated pool and spa. The hotel’s more luxurious Honeymoon Suite, its stunning views, outdoor gazebo, cabana and patio area, make it a popular choice for wedding parties.
Best Western Oceanside Inn
Located near Interstate 5, the Best Western Oceanside Inn offers well-appointed, family-friendly accommodations. Eighty comfortable guest rooms include fully equipped kitchenettes and cozy balconies. As of 2010, children 12 and under stay free with one paying adult. Take advantage of the on-site 24-hour exercise facility, hot tub and outdoor pool before starting your day with a complimentary breakfast. Nearby restaurants include Ruby’s Diner on the Pier and The Flying Bridge. Shop along Harbor Drive or visit the Oceanside Farmers Market at Lake Worth Beach.
Holiday Inn Marina
Situated close to the Oceanside Harbor, just a short walk from the beach, this Holiday Inn property offers guest rooms with kitchenettes, complimentary wired and wireless Internet access and views of coastline. Families enjoy the on-site heated pool, whirlpool and fitness center, and the hotel’s “Kids Eat Free” program. Savor fresh-caught seafood at the hotel’s restaurant Aryana before exploring the lighthouse and shops of Harbor Village, or head down to the beach for swimming, boating and whale watching.
- “Moon California Beaches: The Best Places to Swim, Play, Eat, and Stay”; Alan Bisbort, Parke Puterbaugh; 2009
- Visit Oceanside in San Diego County California: Oceanside Beach Hotels
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