Oceanside is a coastal city located on California’s South Coast. It is the third-largest city in San Diego County, California. Together with Carlsbad and Vista, it forms a tri-city area. Oceanside is located just south of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the first European explorers arrived in 1769. In the 20th century, Oceanside was a beach town devoted to activities on a 6-mile stretch of beaches. After 1970, the main focus of the city was suburban development and a choice for newcomers to move into then relatively affordable housing. The city continues to be known for the value and appreciation as a vacation home market.
Attractions include The Oceanside Pier, The California Surf Museum located in downtown Oceanside, The historic district of Mount Ecclesia, home to the Rosicrucian Fellowship, noted for its singular architecture and the preservation of nature grounds and gardens and The Oceanside Transit Center provides train services on Amtrak, Metrolink, Coaster, and Sprinter.
Residents of the city may attend schools in the Oceanside Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, Bonsall Union School District, Carlsbad Unified School District, Fallbrook Union High School District, or Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, depending on their actual address. The Oceanside Unified School District provides instrumental music programs in grades 4-12.