Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort
Located about midway between San Diego and Los Angeles, Oceanside has one of the country’s best climates thanks to mild year-round temperatures and little rainfall. Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort is situated directly across from the beach, so guests can easily enjoy the wonderful weather. Whales, sailboats, and surfers can be seen out on the water; check them out up close during a boating trip or harborside dinner.
- Bring the whole family: Spacious two-bedroom suites accommodate up to six guests and feature kitchens, living areas, and washer/dryer units.
- Go surfing: Rent a board and hit the waves or take a lesson with a local surfer. Afterward, study up on the sport's history at the nearby California Surf Museum.
- Take a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool and hot tub.
- Nearby attractions: Legoland and the San Diego Zoo
- Borrow a board game from the seventh-floor library, which also has books and DVDs for free rental.
Oceanside, California: Coastal City with Family-Friendly Beaches and Historic Spanish Mission
Home to Camp Pendleton, Oceanside was once defined by its longtime military presence. Thanks to its sunny climate and active harbor, however, the SoCal city has recently emerged as a prime vacation destination. Nearly 4 miles of sandy beaches are stretched out along this part of the Pacific Ocean, and surfers, paddle boarders, and boaters share the water year-round.
There’s always action at the historical Oceanside Pier as well. At 1,192 feet, it’s one of the longest piers on the West Coast. Locals and tourists line the wooden slats to fish for halibut and sea bass, or spot dolphins and seals through coin-operated binoculars. Steps from here you’ll find the Harbor Village shopping center. It has an old ice cream parlor with shakes and saltwater taffy, as well as many boat charters clustered along the shore.
One of Oceanside’s most popular attractions isn’t near the ocean at all. Mission San Luis Rey is the largest of California’s 21 missions, and also one of the most beautiful. Take a tour through this 18th-century landmark and you'll see hand carved wooden doors, elaborate wall paintings, and hammered copper art. There's also a cemetery here where some of California’s most important religious leaders are buried, including the Picos and the Bandinis.