Oceanside is a coastal city located on California’s South Coast. It is the third-largest city in San Diego County, California. The city had a population of 183,095 at the 2010 census. Together with Carlsbad and Vista, it forms a tri-city area. Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the first European explorers arrived in 1769. Spanish missionaries under Father Junipero Serra founded Mission San Luis Rey de Francia on a former site of a Luiseño Indian village on the banks of the San Luis Rey River.
Oceanside is a cool little harbor located in northern San Diego County just south of the Orange County line, 36 miles north of the San Diego sea buoy. The port to the south is Mission Bay, San Diego and Dana Point is to the north about 23 miles. A great stopping point for those returning north from the Ensenada race with easy fuel access or a wonderful weekend destination from both Newport or Dana Point.
It’s a small haven (home to about 900 boats only) and laid out so that you can walk from one end to the other and just get your sea legs stretched nicely. With a wide variety of places to visit from the hospitable Oceanside Yacht Club with their great fireplace and friendly folks to Joe’s Crab Shack, with Jolly Rogers and Monterey Bay Cannery in between, there is always something to do.
Learn more at: Oceanside Harbor
Latitude: 33 degrees, 10’73″N, 117 degrees, 24’0″W | Chart: 18746
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|Harbor Patrol||760.435.4000||24 HOURS||VHF 16, 12|
|Guest Slips||760.435.4000||24 HOURS||x|
There are Twenty-four (24) 34′ slips and several side ties set aside for cruisers that can be reserved with prior arrangements and payment. Reservations will not be accepted more than sixty (60) days in advance. The remaining guest spaces are available on a first come first serve basis. All incoming vessels that do not have a reservation need to pull into the “Guest Check-in Slips” (Guest slip #5, #6, #7) before coming across the street to reserve a slip.
The Harbor Office is located at 1540 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside, CA 92054. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed on Sundays. If you arrive after office hours and need accommodations for the night, please contact the Harbor Police on VHF Channel 16.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (760) 435-4000.
There is no charge for using the launching ramp or for parking boat trailers in parking lot number 1, east of the railroad tracks. Pay parking lot fees in the launch ramp area are $5.00 from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., $10.00 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., a total of $15.00 per day. A boat/RV wash down area and pumpout station is available free of charge.
|Pump Out Stations
There are currently 3 pump-out sanitation stations
1) at the end of the commercial dock by the fuel dock on Navy Pier (Lat. N34-24-16, Long. W119-42-31)
2) at the head of the walkway to the outside docks (1A) by the restroom/shower facilities
3) between docks O and R on the outside docks (1A)
Fuel, ice, beer, soft drinks and other provisions are available at the fuel dock. Hours vary with the season. Check before going. Tel: (760) 722-5853, Fax: (760) 722-2264
|Bait & Ice
Live bait can be purchased at the live bait receiver located near the fuel dock.
Located 1.2 miles northwest of the pier, the entrance to both Oceanside Harbor and the Del Mar Boat Basin (Camp Pendleton Marine Corp facility) is between 2 jetties, the long west jetty forming the entrance basin and the short east jetty, both marked by lights. It should be entered on an angle from the Whistle Buoy. Don’t cut it short on the right side, it gets a sand bar and waves break near the east jetty. Inside the jetty, there is a buoy separating the harbor entrance channel slightly to the right and the Del Mar Basin channel to the left. 200 yards farther in is a white and orange buoy marked “submerged jetty”. Pay attention to this and stay to the right. The main channel is also marked by buoys on the north side, a light on the end of the rocks extending from the Oceanside Marina Suites and a day beacon off the south jetty at the harbor entrance. This is a tricky harbor to enter at night for the first time because of the confusing background lights and even trickier when the seas are rough. Swells roll into the harbor entrance at an angle and wave action and shoaling can lead to harrowing experience. When in doubt or in rough conditions, contact the Home Port-Harbor Police on Channel 16 or 12 and they will be happy to assist you. Better than pulling you off the jetty! At the motel, the channel goes left and right, you must make a decision. To the left is the Oceanside Yacht Club, to the right, the fuel docks, straight ahead, the guest docks and a bit to port, the Home Port-Harbor Police office.
Fog Horn: (located on end of the East jetty) – 2 second blast every 20 seconds
Oceanside Whistle Buoy – “2” Flash – white every 2.5 seconds
West Jetty Light – “3” Flash – green every 2.5 seconds
East Jetty Light – “4” Flash – red every 5 seconds
Channel Entrance Light – “6” Flash – quick flash, red
Avalon, Catalina (268 magnetic, 46 miles)
Isthmus, Catalina (273 magnetic, 56 miles)
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