Introduction to Oceanside
Incorporated in 1888, Oceanside is the 22nd largest city in California. The city is home to 160,000 inhabitants. Oceanside is located in the San Diego metropolitan area, which has a population of nearly 3 million people.
Oceanside lies on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, 35 miles north of San Diego and about 85 miles south of Los Angeles. It forms a tri-city area with Vista and Carlsbad.
The Spanish Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, founded in 1798, was the first European settlement close to present day Oceanside. A resort community came to flourish in this area because of pleasant temperatures and the 1883 completion of a railway linking San Bernardino and San Diego.
Notable companies with a presence in Oceanside include Genentech, Ashworth (a golf apparel company), and Robert Mann Packaging. Just north of Oceanside is Camp Pendleton, the largest U.S. Marine base in the world.
In Oceanside, temperatures reach 90 degrees an average of approximately one time a year. August average daily high and low temperatures are 74 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily high and low temperatures are 64 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Oceanside receives about 11 inches of precipitation per year.
Arts and Leisure
Arts and entertainment attractions in Oceanside include:
- The Oceanside Museum of Art
- The Oceanside Small Craft Harbor
- Oceanside Pier, the longest on the west coast at 1,954 feet
- Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
- The California Surf Museum
- Mount Ecclesia, the Rosicrucian Fellowship international headquarters
- The Heritage Living History Park
- The Oceanside Sea Center
- Sandy beaches approaching four miles in length
- Many more attractions in the greater San Diego metropolitan area
- Professional and college sports teams in and around San Diego