Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (aka Mama B.). Every month, Nadine showcases a fabulous destination- providing five things you need to know about visiting the hot spot.
Oceanside is a sleepy beach town on the outskirts of San Diego County. It’s undergoing a loving renovation, restoring the old and bringing in new to attract visitors. If you’re seeking a more “chill” San Diego getaway, this gem could be for you.
Where to stay:
Book the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort.
The property rents mostly timeshare-type residences, so it’s excellent for families. We enjoyed a two bedroom-two bath condo, equipped with a full kitchen, dinner nook, living room, balcony, and washer and dryer. Bonus: the main bathroom had an oversized Jacuzzi tub, which my boys loved! Other popular features include the 7th floor lounge, game room, and an outdoor pool/hot tub with nice ocean views.
Packages start at $199/night.
Where to play
Oceanside provides an abundance of beach with plenty of room for sand-loving kiddos. The area even has a beachfront playground (my boys hit the swings for hours!). Stroll along the overwater wooden pier or rent a 4-person surrey from Wheel Fun Rentals. There are also fire pits for roasting s’mores on the beach.
For older kids, explore the Buena Vista Lagoon, a 223-acre wetland and California’s first Ecological Reserve. Book the guided nature hikes and birding walks throughout the year.
You can also visit the California Surf Museum, a local attraction chronicling the history of surf-related sports. One of the most popular displays is pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton’s actual shark-bitten surfboard from the attack that took her arm when she was 13!
And FYI, LEGOLAND California is a mere 15-minute drive from the heart of Oceanside.
Where to feast:
Hello Betty Fish House is an adorable, beachy restaurant and bar reflecting the local, eclectic character of Oceanside’s beach life. Ideal hot spot for dinner… and drinks. Go for the jalapeño-infused margarita.
For pizza lovers, head to Zig Zag Pizza. The Oceanside pizza joint serves personal pizzas in addition to an array of bottled beer and drinks for adults. The staff is very kind and even gave my kids pizza dough to play with while we waited.
For lunch, eat like the locals at Swami’s Cafe. They offer sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies, and juices. It’s a favorite San Diego chain.
What to bring:
Bring your bathing suit and warm clothes for chilly nights! Otherwise, nothing fancy! (Maybe some good walking shoes…)
If you book at the Wyndham, keep in mind it doesn’t offer daily housekeeping. You can request more towels and linens, but you’ll have to make the bed yourself. Also, if you plan on roasting marshmallows on the beach, you can pick up supplies at the nearby Super Walmart.
Written by: Nadine Bubeck
Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)