Not just another beach city
Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the first European explorers arrived in 1769. Father Juan Crespi arrived in the area known today as the San Luis Rey Valley, which was populated by Native Americans. His glowing report of the area as a possible mission site was responsible for the founding of Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in 1798. Three-and-a-half miles from the present site of Oceanside, the mission prospered beyond the dreams of its Franciscan Brothers and came to be known as “King of the Missions”. In the early 19th century, the introduction of farming and grazing changed the landscape of what would become Oceanside. The area—like all of California—was under Spanish, then in 1821 under Mexican rule, and then the U.S. in 1848. In the late 1850s, Andrew Jackson Myers lived in San Joaquin County. A native of LaSalle County, Illinois, he returned in the late 1880s and lived in San Luis Rey. In 1882 Myers moved on the land that was the original town site for Oceanside. the California Southern Railway, a branch of the Santa Fe, was constructing a railway linking San Diego with San Bernardino. Completed in 1883, the railway opened the beach area of San Diego County for development and the real history of Oceanside began.
A small town had grown up around the mission in the San Luis Rey Valley. A storekeeper there, Andrew Jackson Meyers, was far-sighted enough to apply for a homestead grant in the area just south of Rancho Santa Margarita. The Federal government granted “Jack” Meyers 160 acres and a former government surveyor, Cave J. Couts, staked-out the claim, which was to become the very heart of Oceanside. J. Chauncey Hayes handled the real estate for Meyers and the boom was on. Going to the “ocean side” was a popular weekend retreat for rancho families living in the warmer inland areas. The two words were eventually merged in to “Oceanside”. When Hayes petitioned for a post office, he submitted the name Oceanside and put the small community officially on the map.
Today, Oceanside is a host to various attractions you can enjoy whether you’re just visiting or even if you’re a resident. One of the notable beaches to visit would be harbor beach. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the beach or surf harbor beach is for you, with volleyball courts, picnic areas and playgrounds all on the sand. You can even enjoy popular fishing spots at both ends of harbor beach if that’s your thing. At 1,942 feet, the historic Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast. Take a leisurely stroll out over the Pacific Ocean, watch the surfers ride a wave, fishermen catch a fish, or grab a bite to eat at the famous Ruby’s Diner located at the end of the pier. The beaches on the north side of the pier provide a quiet and relaxed atmosphere as there are fewer events being held here.
Aside from the beautiful beaches, there are plenty of other attractions to enjoy in Oceanside. Whether you’re a surf enthusiast or just someone who just got introduced to surfing, the California Surfing Museum is a great place to visit. In over 30 years the CSM gas acquired rare sets of archives and collections including significant surfboards, trophies, magazines, rare photographs and more. If you happened to be in Oceanside on a Thursday you can enjoy the MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmers Market from 9 AM to 1 AM. Aside from fresh local produce, there is a wide variety of gourmet goodies including artisan baked goods, organic honey, salsa and chips, dips and sauces, olives and olive oil, and so much more. On Thursday there is another attraction to enjoy from 5 pm to 9 pm, the Sunset Market. Featuring up to 200 merchants and spanning four city blocks, MainStreet Oceanside’s Sunset Market in San Diego County’s top weekly food and music street fair.