During most of its history, the operations of Palomar Software were located in Oceanside, a coastal city at the northwestern corner of San Diego County. Information on the city provided here includes:
Oceanside is one of the two anchor cities of the suburban region known locally as North County. It is surrounded by Carlsbad to the south, Vista to the east, Camp Pendleton to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Other cities such as Encinitas, Cardiff and San Clemente are less than 20 minutes away by car.
The largest city in North County, Oceanside has a population of 161,000 (in 2000) and an area of 44 square miles.
The best source for community information is the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, which includes visitor information, community history and copious demographics. The city also has compiled a history of Oceanside since its discovery by Spanish missionaries in 1769.
Blessed with one of the mildest climates in the United States, Oceanside was once dubbed by USA Today as having the second best climate in the country. The reasons include:
The main gripes about our climate (like San Diegos) concern the June gloom, a period of night & morning low clouds along the coastal strip.
A summary of 30 years of reports from the Oceanside Marina can be found at the Western Regional Climate Center.
Current Oceanside weather is reported by
Oceanside has among the most affordable coastal housing in all of Southern California.
It has the least expensive housing in coastal North County because it is the furthest city from downtown San Diego, and thus a longer commute downtown. This has been somewhat mitigated recently with commuter rail service to San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles.
Housing costs are the main reason that the cost of living in Oceanside is less than other cities. As of the late 1990s, housing costs were less than San Diego (by 11%), Los Angeles (19%), Irvine (20%) and San Jose (27%), according to formulas available at Money magazine.
For information on Oceanside housing and prices, see sale listings at
Oceanside is a major transportation crossroads, linking San Diego County to the Los Angeles basin. Most of Southern California is within a two hour drive, and San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles are available via train service.
For those in less of a hurry, Oceanside is also a major stepping off point for weekend bicylists riding south to Del Mar, north to Orange County, or east to Escondido.
Transportation-related web sites include:
See also our North County regional economic and tourist information.
Located on the Pacific Ocean, Oceanside city is known for beaches, its pier, harbor and other water sports. Other recreational activities available in the region include biking, hiking, golf and skiing.
With 3.5 miles of sandy beaches, Oceanside is particularly known for its surfing. For current surf conditions and a live video feed, see Surf Lines Oceanside Pier surf cam.
Oceanside is a stop for many surfing events, including those of
See also these Oceanside-related surfing organizations:
The harbor includes boat launching ramps, slip rentals, numerous restaurants and a hotel. For more information on the harbor see:
The first pier in Oceanside was begun in 1888 at Wisconsin Street, and destroyed by storms in the winter of 1890-1891. The subsequent fishing piers were built (and destroyed) at Third Street. The current pier, at 1,954' one of the largest wooden piers in the U.S., was dedicated in 1987.
The pier has its own web page.
Other watersports-related Oceanside sites include:
A few key dates mark the communitys growth:
More detailed information is available from the Oceanside Historical Society [currently without a website].
A number of sites from the citys early history remain attractions for visitors to Oceanside.
The citys oldest and most important historical site is Mission San Luis Rey. Established in 1798, it was the second stop in the chain of 21 missions extending from San Diego to Sonoma County. The King of the Missions was once the largest building in all of California.
Located near the mission is Heritage Park, a collection of the citys historic original buildings which were relocated to the site. Between the mission and the park is All Saints Church and Cemetery, the communitys first Protestant church.
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