The Best Beach Hotels to Book in Oceanside, California

Enjoy beach life at Oceanside to try your hand at surfing or frolic in the sunshine
Enjoy beach life at Oceanside to try your hand at surfing or frolic in the sunshine | Courtesy of The Seabird Resort / Expedia
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14 December 2021
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Surf’s up in Oceanside, the largest town in San Diego’s North County. It’s emerged from the shadow of the nearby Camp Pendleton marine corps base to become a coastal destination in its own right. Aside from the timeless allure of sandy beaches and waves, you’ll now find a slew of next-gen restaurants and bars dotting the downtown area, as well as quirky sights such as the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. Plus, big-time family attractions like Legoland and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are just a quick drive away. Ready to give it a go? Let us show you the best beach hotels to stay in Oceanside.

Mission Pacific Hotel, for sunset-viewing from a rooftop pool

Mission Pacific Hotel
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In a prime setting overlooking the pier, this Oceanside beach hotel brings understated glamor to this laid-back coastal playground. Pick up sand-and-surf supplies at the beach kiosk or stake out a spot by the cabana-lined rooftop pool; its adjacent lounge is the perfect sunset-watching spot. For sustenance, report to Valle, helmed by an award-winning chef that specializes in soulful Mexican fare. Don’t miss ice cream from Charlie’s, located in a charming 140-year-old beach cottage that was featured in Top Gun.

The Seabird Resort, for farm-to-table Cali cuisine

The Seabird Resort
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The sister property of the adjacent Mission Pacific Hotel, this 226-room beach hotel in Oceanside has the same swoon-worthy views but more facilities, including a luxurious spa offering farm- and ocean-inspired treatments. Wave to seabirds and surfers from the balcony of your airy room sheathed in an upbeat sand and sea color palette that nicely captures SoCal’s relaxed sophistication. The same can be said of the signature restaurant, Piper, which sports a made-to-order pasta station and an open kitchen churning out Cali cuisine starring produce from local farms.

Springhill Suites San Diego Oceanside/Downtown, for all-suite stays

Springhill Suites San Diego Oceanside/Downtown
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Staying at this hotel in the heart of Oceanside, you’re never far from the fun. The lovely beach, lots of restaurants and downtown attractions like the California Surf Museum are just a stroll away. Each amply sized suite sports an extra sofa bed, making it a great choice for families and space cravers. Free waffles, eggs and other breakfast goodies get you started for a day of exploring or tracking the ocean waves while lazing by the rooftop pool.

The Fin Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, for a slice of local history

The Fin Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
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If cookie-cutter rooms don’t do it for you, check into this urban-chic boutique hotel in downtown Oceanside. Here, the welcoming luxury touches include high-thread-count sheets, Keurig coffeemakers and cute surfboard-inspired bedside lamps. Just a 10-minute stroll from the beach, the 1927 landmark was one of Oceanside’s earliest hotels and preserves such original features as the mosaic tile in the lobby. The onsite Switchboard restaurant serves ample portions of creative dishes that tap into Hawaiian and Korean culinary traditions, along with great cocktails.

Holiday Inn Oceanside Camp Pendleton Area, for easy access to local attractions

Holiday Inn Oceanside Camp Pendleton Area
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Less than half a mile (0.8km) from the Camp Pendleton main gate, the Holiday Inn is a convenient base if you’re visiting friends or family serving in the military. However, if you’re vacationing, its location also makes it a handy launchpad for Legoland and other area attractions. After a day of adventure, return to splash around the pool, tone your tummy in the fitness center or give in to sin during Happy Hour. Fuel up on all-American faves at the onsite restaurant and make sure you go for a stroll along the nearby marina.

Club Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, for home-away-from-home vibes

Club Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort
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This modern Oceanside beach hotel checks all the boxes if you’re keen on a seaside getaway without leaving behind the comforts of home. You could whip up an entire turkey dinner in the fully equipped kitchens of the smartly furnished one- and two-bedroom condos. With the beach and pier right out front – plus a pool, hot tub and sauna on the premises – you’ll quickly connect with that California state of mind. Need peace and quiet? Head to the Skyroom Library with its sensational coastline views.

The Green Room Hotel, for boho-chic motel stays

The Green Room Hotel
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Owners Steve and Brett are a local couple who’ve poured their hearts and dollars into reviving a funky 1950s motel into this bungalow-style boutique hotel 3mi (4.8km) south of the Oceanside pier. Get some shut-eye in comfy rooms that get crisp boho flair from local art, Moroccan rugs and mid-century-modern furniture. Foam surfboards are available if you fancy checking out nearby surf breaks. Afterwards, warm up in the outdoor cedar hot tub or by the firepit, both great spots for swapping tales with fellow travelers.

South California Beach Club, for self-catering with beach views

South California Beach Club
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Steps away from the Oceanside fishing pier, and literally a stone’s throw from getting sand between your toes, this Cali-cool, surf-themed beach hotel in Oceanside comprises a clutch of breezy studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, with panel art closeups of surf breaks reminding you of where you are, in case you’re not too busy people- and wave-watching from your ocean-facing balcony. No onsite restaurant? No problem; you’re only a brief walk from local favorites Sancho’s Tacos (Mexican) and Dija Mara (Asian fusion).

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