Welcome to Oceanside

Little remains from the 1880s streetscape, when the new Santa Fe coastal railway came through Oceanside, but a few buildings designed by Irving Gill and Julia Morgan still stand. The Welcome Center has a pamphlet describing a self-guided history walk.

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$39 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside

This tour begins at our location in Oceanside, CA. Easy access from the parking lot to the check-in counter and onto the boat, so our vessel is wheelchair accessible. There are three tour times to choose from, either morning or afternoon: 12pm, 2:30pm or 5pm and each lasts approximately 2 hours.Each tour is narrated by an expert Captain, a certified naturalist who loves whales and dolphins just like you do.This US Coast Guard-inspected Catamaran is perfect for optimal viewing during the San Diego whale watching season. Your vessel is a new 50-foot Catamaran which is wheelchair accessible and on one level. We have both covered and non covered areas and seating throughout. See marine life from a unique perspective mere minutes away from Oceanside Harbor.Come out for an awe-inspiring adventure of dolphin and whale watching in Oceanside. The tours are great for families, couples, private parties and corporate events. Perfect for anyone and everyone who loves the ocean or the marine wildlife.

$199 Tours & Sightseeing

Full Day Tour of Orange County

Starting at the Sante Fe train station in downtown San Diego at 8.30am to board the Coaster up to Oceanside. Panaramic views up the coast till Oceanside and then board Coastal Tours Deluxe Windowless Van. Cruising the coast past Camp Pendleton and into the Historic district of San Juan Capistrano. Walking around the oldest California Mission and Quaint shops before heading off to Dana Point. Driving through the Lantern District and Famous Highway 101 on our way to 1000 steps beach. Descending down 242 steps we arrive at the ocean. Incredible rock formations jutting out into the ocean and stunning multi million dollar mansions hanging over the cliffs. At one end of the beach we explore a cave and at the other end beautiful sand, rock formations and houses. We spend about an hour before we head back up the stairs and over to downtown Laguna Beach. Known for it's beautiful shops and restaurants we explore the town and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Back on the Coast road we head to Ocean Beach Blvd and Inspiration Point. Aptly named for the cliffs and Mansions of exclusive Carona Del Mar looking down over the Ocean. Following Marine Drive we head onto Balboa Island. We walk around the downtown and the Boardwalk before driving onto the ferry to take us to the peninsula in Newport Beach. Famous for it's big beach playground with ferris wheel and rides we take a look around before heading to Surf City USA (Huntington Beach). The Surfing Walk of Fame, the Pier, the Downtown, we experience it all before heading back to Oceanside to catch the train back to San Diego.

$149 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Tour of San Diego, La Jolla & Coronado Island

Arrive Oceanside train station at 9.14am. Board the Coastal Tours bus and depart down Highway 101 to enjoy the coastline before heading over to Balboa Park. Home to 17 museums, 3 theatres, 5 Botanical gardens + the largest pipe organ in the world. Walking around the beautiful Avenues surounded by 19th century Spanish Architecture. Back in the van we cruise through Little Italy passing the Piazzas, the central Plaza and lots of trendy bars + restaurants. Continuing along the harbor past the cruise ship terminal, the USS Midway + the Kissing Statue from World War 2 we arrive at the Convention center + the beginning of the Gaslamp District on 5th Ave. This is the heart of San Diego's downtown entertainment district. Passing the baseball stadium (Petco Park) we head across the Coronado Bay Bridge onto Coronado Island. Aircraft Carriers + thier support ships are parked at one end, Glorietta Bay + the Ferry landing on 1st Ave and Hotel Del at the end of Orange Ave. After exploring Hotel Del and Imperial Beach we arrive in Pacific Beach where we take a stroll on the Boardwalk and watch the surfers from on top of Crystal Pier.  Continuing north on 101 La Jolla the jewel of San Diego is our next stop. We take a leisurely 1 hour for lunch before climbing onto the rocks to visit with the seals. Driving up the magnificient cliffs of La Jolla we arrive at Torrey Pines Glider Port. Sitting on the deck we watch Paragliders + Hang Gliders soar off the cliffs at Torrey Pines. A brief walk brings us above the cliffs at Black's Beach. The only clothing optional beach in San Diego. Back on HWY 101 we cruise through Del Mar, the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach, the Kook Statue in Cardiff to arrive at the Meditation Gardens in Encinitas. Beautiful Koi Ponds, Plants, Flowers + peaceful energy. Our final stop, the famous surf break at Swami's beach. If it's low tide we'll be able to explore the Tidepools. Heading North along 101 through Leucadia, Carlsbad and Oceanside back to the train station to catch the 5:10pm to arrive L.A at 7PM.

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