Catch a Sunset at Oceanside Pier

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Added by Eric Bennett

An awesome Sunset Spot and it's Free! Also, you can bring Your Dog!

Both sides of the pier are awesome to shoot but depending on the time of the year/sun position one might be better than the other. Super mellow beach to chill out at and watch the sunset. You can get some awesome reflections in the tide. Keep an eye on your gear as there can be sketchy crackheads/homeless people wandering around this area but its usually really safe.

When shooting the ocean you can get a really cool effect of the moving tide and show some motion if you slow your shutter speed down to about "5 or so. If you go too slow you will lose the detail and texture in the waves that really provoke the feeling of motion in the image.

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Best sunset spot

Lots of great food nearby. One of my favorite spots to watch the sunset!

Great Spot

I love Oceanside (lots of great restaurants) and going down to the pier to watch sunset is a great way to end a day of adventures!

Fun town

Great place to bring a dinner and catch the sunset. I love poke on the beach. It's a fun/unique town.

Awesome sunset location

This spot is perfect to watch the sunset

Sweet Spot for Sunset

I caught an awesome sunset here, and it's a really cool area. Definitely worth a stop here. It's a really cool pier to photograph too.

Never A Dull Moment

There's plenty of parking even with all the new construction going on. Lots of great food and places to grab drinks at. It has one of the biggest piers I've ever walked on.

Sunsets

A great place to capture SoCal sunsets with TONS of parking and ample food all around. Don't be surprised to see dolphins.

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Oceanside, California

O’side (as locals affectionately call it) is a destination of discovery where you can explore everything from awe-inspiring sea life through exciting ocean adventures, California history at the “King of Missions,” and surf culture at the California Surf Museum. As a playful and diverse destination, we value personal expression and originality, inviting you to play in a real SoCal beach town and Respect the O’riginals.

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