Oceanside is a great place to visit for a day or vacation for a week. Their beaches, and particularly the Oceanside City Beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches I’ve been to. They have a playground for children, an amphitheatre, wonderful boardwalk, great pier and very clean beaches.
The coastline south of the pier has a wonderful sandy beach while north of the pier you encounter a lot of rocks, but it’s good for walking and looking for seashells. The rocks did not get washed up from the ocean…. they are placed there to protect the beaches from having all of the sand wash out to sea. There didn’t seem to be a lot of rocks on the beach, however, so I don’t know how that’s working for them.
Oceanside City Beach is just a great place to hang out and to stick around to watch the magnificent sunsets. And don’t forget that they offer free concerts during the spring and summer at the Oceanside Pier Plaza Amphitheatre.