The harbor is a quiet area of the shoreline with wide,
sandy beaches, multiple clusters of picnic tables, and
an expansive playground in the sand.
A sandy peninsula, Harbor Beach has stunning
ocean views to the west
and harbor views to the
east. You can watch surfers
catching a large break and
then, from the same spot,
wave to a group of paddle
boarders or a sailboat
leaving its dock.
Two rocky jetties protect
the harbor from rough
seas and preserve its wide,
sandy beaches. When the
surf conditions are just
right, the jetties are popular
locations for people to
stand and watch the ocean
waves crash below them.
Coined “one of Southern California’s most consistent
surf spots” by The Encyclopedia of Surfing, it’s clear
why Oceanside is home to countless professional and
amateur surfers, who all share a passion for being out in
the water and catching the next big wave.
The local surf culture can be felt everywhere
in town, through Oceanside’s numerous surf and
retail shops, surf schools, and even custom board
manufacturing. A business district 3 miles from the
coast is appropriately referred to as “Shaper’s Alley”
for the dozens of surfboard manufacturers that have
set up shop, including BYB Surfboards, Chemistry
Surfboards, and Hawaiian Pro Designs.
Each year, Oceanside hosts about a dozen surf and
longboard competitions, welcoming contestants from
around the world to surf the legendary California waves.
“When surfing, you just
have to go for it,” says
surf coach John Daniels.
“Wipeouts are part of
the learning process. An
instructor can provide the
knowledge to succeed,
but it’s up to the student
to take a leap of faith
and go for it!”
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