Oceanside Harbor Beach

Overview:

Oceanside Harbor Beach is a good location for any van or RV nomad to spend the day on the beach and surfing. The beach is wide with plenty of parking, and if you get there early enough, you can park right up to the sand. There are also various shops and restaurants in the harbor village you can explore. 

Adventure:

If you are looking for a good beach with plenty of parking, Oceanside Harbor Beach is for you. The beach has picnic tables, barbecue grills, gazebos, restrooms, drinking fountains, a deli called Harbor Pelican Deli and Mart, a jungle gym, and showers. 

The beach is wide and beautiful. There is plenty of open space for you to find a spot all to yourself. The beach also contains 24 fire rings.  

There is a dump station here too. The cost is $10

Surfing / Kite Surfing

This is your typical beach break that breaks best on a south and west swell. You can find many little peaks throughout the beach to surf. It is also a good spot for kite surfing.

Shopping and Restaurants

Adjacent to Harbor Beach is all the harbor shops and restaurants. In the harbor, you can sail, spend the day on a deep-sea fishing boat, whale watch, rent kayaks, or visit the marina. You can also fish from the jetties just remember to have your fishing license.  

Parking

There is ample parking for both van and RV. There is a fee kiosk located throughout the parking lot. There is some metered parking slot that is cheaper than the kiosk spots.

  • Fee: $10 Daily ($30 Overnight)

It’s a privilege to have Oceanside Harbor Beach for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions:

  • From Interstate 5, take the Harbor Drive exit west; Harbor Drive will take you directly to the Harbor entrance. 

References and Other Adventures:

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San Elijo State Beach

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San Onofre State Beach

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