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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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.

$229 Day Trips & Excursions

San Diego Day Trip from Los Angeles by Train and Special Open Air Touring Van

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSite of the LA convention center.Pass By: Little Italy, San Diego, CaliforniaPlazas, Restaurants, BarsPass By: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CaliforniaOldest section of downtown. Entertainment district of downtown.Pass By: Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CaliforniaOffice buildings, Federal court house and immigration, Convention Center, Hotels, etc.Stop At: Coronado Island, Coronado, CaliforniaCoronado Bay Bridge, Orange Ave, Hotel Del.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, San Diego, CaliforniaThe stunning cliffs of La Jolla, the Seals and Seal Lions, Designer shops, bars and restaurants.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Pacific Beach, San Diego, CaliforniaWalk along the Boardwalk. See shops, restaurants, surfers, ocean waves. Walk out onto Crystal Pier a wooden pier that was built in the 1920's.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Torrey Pines Gliderport, La Jolla, San Diego, CaliforniaWatch Paragliders and Hangliders soar off the cliffs of La Jolla.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Del Mar Race Track, Del Mar, CaliforniaDel Mar Race track founded by Bing Crosby in the 1930's. Dog Beach and the County Fair grounds sight of the Kaboo music festival.Pass By: Solana Beach Farmers Market, Solana Beach, CaliforniaCedros Avenue Design district home of high end designer shops, bars and restaurants.Stop At: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Encinitas, CaliforniaIncredible views of the Ocean from the cliffs. Incredible Gardens and Koi Ponds.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Swami's Beach, Encinitas, CaliforniaFamous surfing beach in Encinitas. Walk along the beach and the tidepools at low tide.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Balboa Park, San Diego, CaliforniaLargest urban park in America. Sight of the 1905 and 1915 world's fair and exposition.Duration: 30 minutes

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