About Oceanside Harbor

Oceanside, the northernmost coastal city in San Diego County, is easily one of the most livable surf communities in the county. Although sandbars move and shift along this stretch continually, there are consistent breaks on the north end at the harbor's north and south jetties, and on both sides of the pier. These spots will most often have a crew of surfers on them, but, on better days, the peaks up and down the beach will be just as good.

Oceanside is angled to receive southwest swells more readily than the beaches of central San Diego County, and, during southwest swells, it attracts surfers from all parts of SD. From the Interstate 5, take Mission Avenue west until you run into the beach. Take Pacific Street north to the harbor, or south for plenty of parking and easy access to the pier.

Source: Oceanside Harbor Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Proud but tolerant.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy


Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Punchy little beachbreak most days, can get exceptional on a good combo or tropical swell.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty average most days, but can be brutal on a strong south or northwest swell with current.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not great, toxic after a big rain.

Additional Information


Low tide suck-outs, rain runoff, bad longshore currents, boats getting clocked by sets at the harbor entrance.


Exit Oceanside Harbor off the I5, cruise west to the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard, skimming, bodysurfing



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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