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Oceanside Pier, Oceanside

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    While it's clean of trash, the pier is lined with fisherman, tackle and in many instances their families, wagons and coolers - they're there for the long haul. I didn't mind that, in fact found it fun...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The pier is a great place to walk and get out over the water, watch some pelicans, and surfers. In good repair and maintained.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Fishing is free on the pier.no need to have a fishing licence.pacific lobster season is in October and 7 is the limit per person per day.So if you like fish and lobster this is the place to try your l...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Oceanside -- a classic Southern California beach town. It hasn't been ruined by gentrification, thank goodness (though I see clouds on the horizon). 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.
  • May 18, 2017
    It's a long walk but worth the view! We arrived mid-afternoon and managed to snag a parking place right at the end of the pier. Note: have 1$ bills handy for parking. The machine does not give change. A local hang out for fishermen, the bait shop was incredibly busy! Also local pelicans posed for your selfie snapshots. RUBY'S is at the very end. BEST BURGER WITH THE BEST VIEW! wait was 25 min. which we used to enjoy the afternoon sun.
  • May 17, 2017
    The Oceanside Pier is a fishing peer that extends quite a ways out into the Pacific Ocean. At the end is a restaurant, although we didn't try it. There is a place in the middle of the pier to rent fishing equipment and purchase bait if you are so inclined. Watch out for the somewhat aggressive pelicans and egrets. They are always looking for handouts. Great place to see the Oceanside coast.
  • June 29, 2017
    Magical place to go visit with friends and family. Love the pelicans. Love watching the sunsets. And surfers. What's not to like!
  • June 5, 2017
    This ocean is perfect during the week. Probably one of the best with less people and a great atmosphere. There are tons of stones that get washed up on the shore but other than that it's great.

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