Trippin’ With Mama B: Oceanside
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.
Situated across from the pier with easy beach access and panoramic ocean views, this Oceanside resort is just a few blocks away from the downtown area.
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.