Oceanside is one of the three largest cities located in San Diego County, California. It is a resort city right on the Pacific Ocean coast. With a population of over 180,000 people, it grew since the 1970s from 45,000 into the thriving city it is today. Over the years it changed from single-family home tracts to develop commercially and industrially which led to an increased number of residents and a broader economic base.
The history of Oceanside tells of the first Native American settlers that were taken over, like all California by Spanish, and then Mexican colonizers, to be later conquered by the US in 1848. The founder of Oceanside was Andrew Jackson Myers. In 1882 he built his home on the land which is now Oceanside and the city hall still remains on the exact location where Myers first lived.
All residential areas that have historical value are preserved and remodeled to this day, like downtown or South Oceanside. The Marine Corps Base Camp Pedleton was built in 1942 and transformed the city into a home for personnel of the U.S army.
Among the attractions of Oceanside are the Oceanside Pier â which is the longest pier in the western part of the United States made wholly out of wood; Mission San Luis Rey de Francia â a church out of the many Alta California missions and the Healing Temple at Mount Ecclesia. Oceanside is home to the California Surf museum, located downtown.
The Day of the Dead celebration is also held there annually in the last weekend of October and features various carnival rides, street vendors and concerts. Another similar festivity is the annual Oceanside Harbor Days. Harbor Beach is the place where the internationally known Southern California Beach Soccer Championships are held every year, and the one in Oceanside is the second largest Beach Soccer festival in the world.