SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES – OCEANSIDE

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.

Boardwalk to Pier

Boardwalk to Pier

Headed down to the Pier

Headed down to the Pier

Oceanside Amphitheatre

Oceanside Amphitheatre

Beach South of Pier

Beach South of Pier

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Pier

White Bird on Pier.  (Unable to identify name).

White Bird on Pier. (Unable to identify name).

Pelican watching water for food!  (I'm becoming obsessed with Pelicans.)

Pelican watching water for food! (I’m becoming obsessed with Pelicans.)

Hey, just back off!

Hey, just back off, would ya!

Shell Seekers

Shell Seekers

Treasure Seeker:  Where's the Gold?

Treasure Seeker: Where’s the Gold?

Walking the dogs

Walking the dogs

Our Beach Shelter  (these are a great thing to have.. lots of wind protection.)

Our Beach Shelter (these are a great thing to have.. lots of wind protection.)

Ruby's Diner.  Rumor has it they have great food.

Ruby’s Diner at the end of the pier.  Rumor has it they have great food.

A late afternoon stroll on the Beach

A late afternoon stroll on the Beach

Sun is about to set on the Oceanside Pier

Sun is about to set on the Oceanside Pier

Day's End

Day’s End

Time to pack up!

Time to pack up!

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