Authentic California Weekend

San DiegoStop by the Oceanside California Welcome Center to plan your trip!

Trip Length: 2 days

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Day 1

Start your day with breakfast at the historic 101 Café , the oldest continuously operating restaurant on the historic 101 Highway. Guests may enjoy comfort food all day (6:30 a.m. to midnight) in a fun atmosphere filled with historic photos and memorabilia. Relive the fervent California surf culture when you cruise north on Coast Highway (Historic 101 Highway) to the California Surf Museum. The Museum has worked very progressively to preserve the history of surfing, its boards and its fascinating artifacts.

But to really understand California’s surf culture, you have to experience it – take surf lessons from Action Beach Surf Shop, located one and half blocks from the Oceanside Pier. This surf shop is dedicated to outfitting everything you need for the beach including surfboards, body boards and wetsuit rentals.

After a quick break back at the campsite, head to Oceanside’s Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina. Located in the Oceanside Harbor Village, Rockin' Baja offers buckets of sensational Mexican coastal seafood, grilled meats and chicken, margaritas, and teeth chillin' beer.


Day 2

Cook up a great breakfast scramble or treat yourself to breakfast at the charming Hill Street Café. Located in one of Oceanside's historical Victorian homes, the café offers fresh aromatic coffees, homemade pastries, muffins, biscuits and other delightful treats.

Drive north on Highway 101 to Camp Pendleton. A former Rancho, Camp Pendleton offers a unique insight into the native chaparral landscape of Southern California prior to urban development. Camp Pendleton is the largest of all United States Marine Corps amphibious training bases. It is proud to boasts its motto of "Preserving California's Precious Resources," as it is home to endangered species and many historical landmarks. In order to go aboard the base, visitors must show proof of insurance and proof of registration at the gate.

For lunch, head to Mission San Luis Rey for a peaceful and relaxing picnic. Known as the "King of the Missions," Mission San Luis Rey is the largest of the California missions and majestically sits in the historic Oceanside valley. The mission offers beautifully landscaped gardens, guided and self-guided tours, and a museum and gift shop. Highlights include extraordinary architecture, hand-carved wooden doors, brightly colored hand-painted walls and murals, and the original baptismal font made by Native Americans.

The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is a cultural jewel located in downtown Oceanside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the historic Oceanside Pier. The museum is housed in a classic Irving Gill-designed building that represents the flavor of Southern California in the 1930s. Providing a variety of programming, OMA also presents five provocative exhibits each year. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Finish your day with authentic Mexican cuisine. Located just off the 101, Anita's Fine Mexican Cuisine is housed in a charming Victorian home dating back to the early 1900s.