A picturesque New England-style harbor, miles of white sandy beaches, shopping and abundant recreational and cultural attractions beckon visitors to Oceanside, a charming beach city about a 30-minute drive north from downtown San Diego. Stroll down California's longest wooden pier, bike along the nine-mile San Luis Rey River Trail, catch some world-class surfing or tee off at one of four golf courses.
One of the most popular attractions is the historic Mission San Luis Rey, a majestic jewel of early California history. Known as the King of the Missions, it is the largest of the 21 missions that flourished here in the 1700s and 1800s. Enjoying a renaissance is Oceanside's downtown, filled with new restaurants and breweries, the Oceanside Art Museum and a year-round farmers market and sunset market on Thursdays hosted by MainStreet Oceanside. Visiting from out of town or treating family or friends to some coastal fun? Take the scenic north-south COASTER commuter train, serving eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego, or the east-west SPRINTER hybrid rail, connecting Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido, serving 15 stations along the Highway 78 corridor. Visit GoNCTD.com for fares and schedules.