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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. Take a look at our Oceanside online trip maker to schedule your visit to Oceanside Pier and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A nice walk. You can fish off the pier or just view surfers and the waves. Rubys Diner at the end of the pier for decent food and great view.  more »
  • Enjoyed walking on the pier with family after dinner. Entire family enjoyed some ice cream at end of pier.  more »
  • It’s definitely a must see if you want to watch the sunset! We did it a couple of nights in a row, and was worth every minute. The beach itself is clean and nice to walk on. There is a diner at the en...  more »
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  • This is such a beautiful Pier. Take a stroll on it with friends or family over the Pacific ocean on a sunny day where Cool breeze flows. It's a popular Pier in SoCal. There are walking and bike trails around. It's a popular surfing beach as well. The water was absolutely blue and beautiful on the Christmas day when we visited it.
  • The weather was perfect! We sat on the beach and enjoyed the ‘almost’ high tide as we were a little late. The beach wasn’t excessively busy considering it was a Sunday. There is a really long pier that I will walk out on next time I go. Parking is $3/hr and there isn’t a lot of spots but people rotate frequently. Would definitely stop again.
  • Nice walk out to.the restaurant called Ruby's. The ocean was beautiful and the people friendly. Kids had a blast because they could see the destination. Lots of fisherman made the walk fun too as they would occasionally catch something.
  • The pier is so lovely! You can fish right off the side! Every time we are there we see someone catch something and most the time it’s a fish I’ve never seen before. I also hear that if you’re a Pokémon Go person, there are some neat catches. So go and catch em all, real or virtual. Or just enjoy the ambiance and view.
  • A cool place to go on a date. The pier is free to to get on. You will see some fishers and tourists. There is also a nice little cafe at the end of the pier. You can rent fishing poles and buy bait right on the pier to go fishing! Check it out. PS sometimes it smells a little weird.

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