When you have kids, road trips begin to consist of important play and food stops rather than long dreamy hours on the open road. Thats ok with us though, because then we get to explore in places like Oceanside!
We were on our way from LA down to San Diego, the kids were getting restless in the car and my husband was itching to get back beside the ocean, so we decided to stop at Oceanside. The name, we thought, being quite apt.
We thought we were stopping for an hour of playtime on the beach, however, what we found was the warm, mellow and inviting beach front of the lovely town of Oceanside.
We parked on the seafront sandwiched in between vans and cars carrying surfboard racks. As we were unpacking ourselves from the car we saw a steady stream of wetsuit clad surfers of all ages descending on to the beach, exchanging pleasantries and waving hello to each other, eager to join those already out in the water.
My husband and I exchanged a knowing look and I knew we were thinking the same thing… we already liked it here!
We headed straight for the pier where proud Pelican’s were waiting to greet us and the people fishing where happy to show off their catch to a curious three year old.
There was even the opportunity to hire a fishing rod to do your own bit of fishing from the Oceanside Pier Bait Store for just $5 per hour! Bargain!
The pier offers up some lovely views of the shoreline and even the kids were happy to spend some time peeking through the wooden slats to urge the surfers to catch those long awaited waves at closer range.
After a while we made our way back to the beach and strolled over to the beach playground. What could be better for our two munchkins than a playground on the beach! Sand and swings all in one go? Our little one was in her element!
I realise my kids have access to playgrounds at home, but looking at their little faces in the warm sun and enjoying running around in the soft sand reinforces my belief that travel is every bit as freeing for them as it is for us.
Thank you, Oceanside. You offered up a warm and relaxed welcome and a lovely break from our Californian road trip.