Oceanside Journals

Overlooked Oceanside -North of San Diego

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A travel journal to Oceanside by travelprone

Oceanside Museum Art of Photo, Oceanside, California More Photos
Quote: With the widest beaches on the North Coast, Oceanside, for so long only a " Marine On Leave town", has been revamping itself in a serious bid for tourism. An historic Mission, great beach with amphitheatre for concerts, new Art Museum, well-equipped fishing pier, and revitalized downtown -all bid for tourist attention.

Overlooked Oceanside -North of San Diego

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Overview

Beach Amphitheatre Photo, Oceanside, California
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Visit the beautiful San Luis Rey Mission, its museum and grounds and appreciate its preservation of the California past.See the visually exciting new Civic Center and the special exhibits of Southern California culture at the new Art Museum in the Civic Center complex.Laze in the sun in your "spot" on the long pier or go deep-sea-fishing.Refresh yourself with a Mex or Costa Rican dish at Johnny Manana's. Treat yourself to a romantic sunset dining experience at Ruby's on the Pier.Quick Tips: "Preview," in the Thursday edition of the North County Times is like a mini-"Time Out,"as it gives arts and entertainment guides, restaurants with reviews and coupons, and gives particulars...Read More

Johnny Manana’s

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Restaurant

Johnny Manana’s Photo, Oceanside, California
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A good-value, established eatery, especially popular with local surfers and fishermen, this green, white and red tiled place is cheery and clean; it’s also very busy most of the time. The Big Breakfast Burrito Special of eggs, onions, beans, cheese and potatoes wrapped in a large flour tortilla, will get you started for the day at an easy cost of under $3.00. For lunch, at similar cost, the Great All-American Cheeseburger is a top pick, or the delicious, piquant roasted chicken. For something different, the Pescado Veracruz that consists of fish marinated in lime juice and garlic accompanied by rice or beans or a salad will feed a hearty appetite. You can find seats in the colorful basket-decora...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2002

Johnny Manana’s
312 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, California 92054
(760) 721-9999

Ruby’s Diner

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Restaurant

Ruby’s Diner Photo, Oceanside, California
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Normally, I don’t recommend franchise restaurants, and, in general, I think this chain is a bit pricey and their menu composed of food that is so basic one can prepare it at home easily, but, in this location, I shall make an exception. Their second-floor dining room offers a stunningly beautiful ocean view, for this Ruby’s is located at the very end of the long Oceanside pier, and, if you have dinner there, you can enjoy a romantic sunset view at a bargain price. This chain started out in Balboa , California, and has expanded steadily since 1982. Not all of their locations are on the ocean (there’s one in Carlsbad Company Stores) but this Oceanside location is, and is one of the chain’s premier re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2002

Ruby’s Diner
1 Pierview Way
Oceanside, California 92054
(760) 433-7829

Mission San Luis Rey

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Attraction | "San Luis Rey de Francia Mission"

Mission San Luis Rey Photo, Oceanside, California
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This National Landmark, 4 miles east of the I5 Freeway via Highway 76, is the largest of the famed California Missions; its title, "The King of Missions," reflects its size as well as the fact it was named after the Saint-King Louis IX of France. Established in 1798, it is now a vigorous Roman Catholic community as well as an historic center. By reservation, groups may tour the museum escorted by one of the Franciscan friars who now staff the church, or one can tour individually during opening hours from 10-4:30 daily with a modest admission fee of $3.00 for a one-hour self-guided tour. As fascinating as the museum's exhibits of early manuscripts, Indian artifacts, religious memorabilia, and pho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2002

Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, California 92057
(760) 757-3651

Oceanside Beaches and Harbor

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Attraction | "Oceanside Beach"

Oceanside Beaches and Harbor Photo, Oceanside, California
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What an eye-opener a re-visit to this beach was! Like many locals, I have shunned Oceanside contact, especially in the downtown area, because, unfortunately, the beach and downtown areas had a reputation for rowdyness, hordes of Marines on leave from Camp Pendleton to the north searching the streets for nudie bars and cheap dives. The city is so serious about cleaning up this area that it recently bought (so it could close) a particularly notorious bar. Not only was I astounded at the cleanliness of the beach, but also the face-lifts of many establishments close to it. And, then when I saw the gorgeous marina, the long fishing pier, the very active skateboard park, and a goodly week day crowd en...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2002

Oceanside Beaches and Harbor
1540 Harbor Drive N
Oceanside, California 92054
(760) 435-4000

Oceanside Museum Art of

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Attraction | "Oceanside Museum of Art"

Oceanside Museum Art of Photo, Oceanside, California
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Newly restored, bright and cheerful,in an adobe Spanish style building with graceful arches that was the former City Hall,this museum is perfectly located in the new Civic Center downtown;right across the pedestrian way is the new Public Library and the Center itself is just two blocks inland from the Harbor Beach. Since one of the main goals of this new museum is to help children enjoy and learn about art, the city wisely selected this central, accessible location; the museum has many classes for children in various age groups, and welcomes class tours from schools year-round.As a fledgling museum, just opened a couple of years, it has to rely heavily on art loaned from other museums or by private...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2002

Oceanside Museum Art of
704 Pierview Way
Oceanside, California 92054
(760) 721-2787

Heritage Village Park & Museum

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Attraction | "Heritage Village Park & Museum"

Heritage Village Park  & Museum Photo, Oceanside, California
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Since this is "right behind the Mission" according to the official Oceanside City web site, but its buildings are only open every Sunday between 10 and 4 to individuals without appointment, my son & I walked from the lavandaria on Mission grounds to this site. We recommend turning north on Douglas Drive and then right to get to the park as there's free parking and no crowds. There were two other visitors to this site of old buildings transplanted from downtown Oceanside and staffed by volunteer senior docents who outnumbered the day's visitors by a ratio of about 4 to 1. This was sad as we were so absorbed by this site that we spent two hours rambling about, observing and examining, and asking ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Heritage Village Park & Museum
220 Peyri Drive
Oceanside, California

California Surf Museum

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Attraction

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This museum is a labour of love, staffed by volunteer surfers and ex-surfers and stocked with memorabilia donated by several very well-known world and local surfers. This is THE PLACE to see a large collection of old surfboards, photos of famous surfers from Hawaii to the Mainland,and an array of detailed exhibits,some permanent,and some rotating.Not being a surfer myself,I was rather unfamiliar with some of the significance of certain surfing firsts until I saw the useful explanations provided for the(egads!) non-surfer,translations of the language,the surfer lingo in which exhibits are captionedthat helped me understand what I was seeing. This is a place for surfing enthusiasts,a rare place where...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 24, 2002

California Surf Museum
312 Pier View Way
Oceanside, California 92054
(760) 721-6876