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Oceanside Pier, Oceanside

Categories: Piers & Boardwalks, Historic Walking Areas, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
A popular fishing spot, you can catch a Pacific bonito or sand bass off Oceanside Pier, and grill your own dinner at one of the shaded picnic areas complete with tables and barbecue grills. If the fish aren't biting, you can get an equally delicious meal at the 1950s-style diner nearby. At the end of the pier is the Junior Seau Pier Ampitheatre, which hosts events and performances throughout the year. Rent a bike from one of the many rental shops and ride down the pier to find a nice spot to watch local surfers catch waves--just be sure to keep your distance from the often peckish pelicans. You'll have to pay for parking; it's available on a first-come, first-served basis. If nearby lots are full, consider parking in one of the free lots on the east side of the village. Before you head to Oceanside, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Oceanside vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Oceanside has to offer, including Oceanside Pier.
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  • When we went there was plenty of parking and it was an easy walk down the stairs to the beach. There is a playground for the little kids and we had lots of room to spread out our blanket and relax. We...  read more »
  • This is a cool pier. Great views of the ocean, city, surfers and the people hanging out on the beach. There is one restaurant but plenty more to eat back on dry land. This is an excellent place if you...  read more »
  • Great views and people watching here. We really enjoyed watching the surfers. You can rent poles here if you want to try your hand at fishing. cute diner with views at the end. 
  • The pier is lively especially on weekends, there are multiple activities which go on through the day such as yoga and surfing lessons. The pier itself is not the cleanest but certainly not filthy. There are multiple shops around which offer everything from rental gear to quick food. Overall a great place to spend an afternoon, also the pier looks great at night and during the sunset.
  • Oceanside has always had a Pier since it was incorporated in 1888. The present Pier was completed in the 1980's and is the only one of six that was designed by computer to keep it out of future large storms. It's lifespan could be 80 years by this design. Some may just call it old or that the fish being caught make it dirty, but let's face it that is the charm of piers and why we are drawn to them. There is a spot to rent poles and get bait as well as snack about half way out. There are also restrooms half way out. The retro diner Ruby's makes a perfect spot for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner to look out over the Pacific Ocean. It has been said " A long Pier is a poor mans Holiday" Everyday is a holiday on the Oceanside Pier, the longest on the West Coast of the US of A...
  • Great place. People who run tackle/bait stand are AWESOME. My 6 year old Grandson caught 11 mackerel. No place like the ocean/fishing to spend quality time with grandchildren.
  • I always loved the oceanside pier, it's just a cool place to hang out and grab something to eat or take a picnic. It's even better now that there's like four pokestops all within each of one another! Pokémon trainers who love the beach, this is the spot for you.
  • Oceanside -- a classic Southern California beach town. It hasn't been ruined by gentrification, thank goodness. It's just its own rambunctious, authentic self. And did I mention its magnificent wooden pier? It hosts fabulous sunsets every evening and the show is free! So grateful to call this place my neighborhood.
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