Fun in Oceanside

We spent a week at Oceanside over Easter last year. It was out first trip to Oceanside even though we have been to California many times. We made side trips to San Diego, Los Angeles, Disneyland and many small towns around the area.

Fun in Oceanside

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by debbyl on August 24, 2002

The San Diego zoo was fantastic. Disneyland is always fun. It was our first trip to Downtown Disney. The Oceanside pier was my favorite part of Oceanside. We attended a church service on Easter morning and the weather and view were absolutely gorgeous! It was so peaceful to sit and look out over the ocean. Oceanside has a neat farmers market with great vegetables and wonderful breads one day during the week. We visited the San Juan Capistrano Mission which was a highlight not only for my husband and I but also for our 11 year old daughter.${QuickSuggestions} The beach was windy around our condo. It bothered me but not my daughter and husband. If the weather had been warmer, it probably would have been nice to have the wind. I'm not sure if it is always that way or if it was just the time of year. It was also very cloudy because of a dust storm somewhere over the sea. (I think it was China). The shops around the harbor were fun to walk through. They also had restaurants with outdoor seating on the harbor. It was fun to walk around the harbor and look at the boats and people.

Oceanside is a great location if you want to be halfway between San Diego and Anaheim. ${BestWay} We feel that you need to have a car to get around. There are many grocery stores in the area but not within walking distance. There is a train that will take you in to San Diego and stops in the towns along the way. We did a lot of sightseeing that would have been impossible if we hadn't had a car.

Worldmark at Oceanside Harbor

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by debbyl on August 24, 2002

Best Things Nearby:
We enjoyed the Oceanside harbor. There were a number of small shops and restaurants. The restaurants had outdoor seating across from the boats. My daughter and husband enjoyed the beach near the timeshare. It was too windy for me. The Oceanside pier had an Easter morning church service at the amphitheater which was really neat. The view was gorgeous and very peaceful. We enjoyed the farmers market that took place one week day while we were there.

Best Things About the Resort:
It was brand new when we were there. Each unit has a nice balcony with a barbeque grill and outdoor furniture. The kitchen was fully equipped with all appliances including a dishwasher to make clean up quick. The kitchen even icluded some spices and coffee. The bathroom was nice-sized and well lit. We had a washer and dryer in our unit.

Resort Experience:
Our condo was decorated in yellow/gold, orange and blue and was bright and cheery. We enjoyed sitting out on the balcony and people watching. The resort offered quite a few activities for everyone although I didn't see any adults doing the crafts (tie-dying tshirts and painting wooden items). The activities director was friendly and called our daughter by her name. We didn't attend many of the activities because we were off sightseeing. They offered 2-4 activities 5 days per week.

In addition, the resort has pool tables, a sports court, an outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool and exercise room. The grounds and main office building are well kept and neat. The front desk sells tickets to area attractions and tours.

However, I have to say that while the front desk people were polite, they were not friendly. The day after we arrived we realized that our barbeque grill wouldn't start. We called down to the front desk and they didn't believe us. Finally, after 4 phone calls and over 24 hours, a maintenance man arrived and agreed the gas hadn't been turned on to the grill.

We were at the resort over Easter, so the condos were very crowded. They had an Easter egg hunt for all the kids which went over well.

The pool area is nice and large with plenty of lounge chairs. The weather was cool, windy and cloudy while we were there, so the pool area was not crowded.

The housekeeping was not up to the usual Worldmark standards and the condos looked like they had been built quickly. They were well lit and large. It is not a restful place as the building is boundaried by a large public parking lot to the front, a train track with frequent trains going by to the side, and a busy highway to the back.

There was a light shining in our eyes all night long outside which kept us awake. If they had some heavy drapes it would help as the light also came in early in the morning.

The resort is not on the beach as we had hoped. It is about a 6 block walk to the beach, with the train tracks and harbor in between. It is an easy walk and there is a bridge under the train tracks. It was fun to walk past the harbor and shops. Most of the timeshare selling that I noticed was near the shops. We were called one time but as we had no guests and we were owners they left us alone.

Worldmark at Oceanside is in a great location if you want to be halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It is a quick easy drive into San Diego and not too bad a drive to Los Angeles. There is a lot to see and do. They have books of things to see and do plus brochures at the main desk. I don't know if I would go back, unless I wanted to be in that area and nothing else was available.

Worldmark Oceanside
1301 Carmelo Drive
Oceanside, California, 92054
(760) 721-0890

San Diego Zoo

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by debbyl on August 24, 2002

This was our first trip to the San Diego zoo in many years. We ended up purchasing the deluxe tour because of the AAA discount we received on it. Having the deluxe package gave us shuttle bus rides and the zoo tour by bus. The buses were double decker. We sat on the top which gave us a great view of everything. One thing we found out was that if you are sitting on the right side, you see a lot more of the animals. The zoo is so large an area that it was nice to have the bus ride and then the ability to walk back to see the things we missed and wanted to see again. The shows were good but not as high a caliber as Sea World (of course the ticket price was much less, too). The shows have a strong appeal for kids. My daughter also enjoyed the sky ride. It was very easy to see everything in less than a day. We purchased the large souvenir glass of soda which they will refill for free all day.
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California, 92101
(619) 231-1515

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