The Best Surfing in Oceanside

Looking for the best surfing in Oceanside? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Oceanside. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

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Top surfing spots in and near Oceanside

  • Oceanside, California

    Surf the South Jetty, Oceanside Harbor

    4.5
    The jetty's of Oceanside Harbor serve to protect and stabilize the mouth of the San Luis Rey River meaning the sand and subsequent breaks remain fairly consistent and sand bars last for quite some time. After heavy rains large sand bars will form making for decent waves. It is also a great place ...
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  • Oceanside, California

    Beach Day at Buccaneer Beach

    If you're looking for a beach to bring your family, Buccaneer Beach is the place to go. It has a little bit of everything plus a huge parking lot, so it's really never full (unless you go midday on the 4th of July or something). There is a grassy area next to the parking lot with benches to have ...
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  • Carlsbad, California

    Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail

    1.41 mi / 10 ft gain
    Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Carlsbad, California.
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  • Carlsbad, California

    South Carlsbad Campground

    5.0
    South Carlsbad Campground is a picturesque experience. Imagine gorgeous sea cliffs overlooking a lovely beach, with ample activities to pursue (or just lay in the sun and enjoy some quiet time). The most popular campsites, 1-70 and 156-222, are perched on the edge of a bluff and feature the best ...
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  • Encinitas, California

    Photograph Surfers at Beacons Beach

    Pack for a day of fun, and don’t forget your camera! Getting there is easy. You can plug “beacons beach” or Leucadia State Beach right into your gps. You’ll find it right off of Neptune Street, where you can park in the parking lot on top of the sea bluff. Walk down the windy beach trail and you ...
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  • Encinitas, California

    Beacon's Beach Walk

    0.22 mi / 26 ft gain
    Beacon's Beach Walk is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Encinitas, California.
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  • Encinitas, California

    San Elijo State Beach

    1.41 mi / 20 ft gain
    San Elijo State Beach is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.
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  • Encinitas, California

    Oceanview Camping at San Elijo

    4.5
    This campground is located right next to the beach as well as next to the San Elijo Lagoon. Head to the beach during the day for a swim. This is also a great place to catch a sunset. If you want to stretch your legs and get moving a bit, you can hike around the San Elijo Lagoon to the east of the...
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  • Solana Beach, California

    Cardiff State Beach to Solana Beach Trail

    2.43 mi / 43 ft gain
    Cardiff State Beach to Solana Beach Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Solana Beach, California.
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  • San Clemente, California

    Beach Day at San Onofre

    5.0
    This spot is no secret but it’s by far one of the best beaches California has to offer and has been regarded since the 1950s as a friendly surfing sanctuary. The beach is divided into three surf spots (named from North to South), known as “The Point,” “Old Man’s,” and “Dogpatch.” To access the be...
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  • San Clemente, California

    Camp at San Mateo Campground

    5.0
    San Onofre State Beach, best known for its famous surf breaks, additionally offers two well equipped campgrounds.San Onofre Bluffs has fire pits and picnic tables, as well as outdoor showers, chemical toilets, and an RV dump station. Swimming and surfing are popular here.Further inland from the b...
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  • San Clemente, California

    San Clemente State Beach

    4.58 mi / 26 ft gain
    San Clemente State Beach is an out-and-back trail that takes past scenic surroundings located near San Clemente, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Hike to Black's Beach via the Ho Chi Minh Trail

    4.7
    1 mi / 400 ft gain
    Finding the actual trail is 80% of the adventure. Once you turn down La Jolla Farms Road you will follow it for about 3/4 of a mile and there won't be anything too apparent that you are there, except a few cars parked along the street. Make sure to plug in the directions from the map so you know ...
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  • San Diego, California

    Surfing at Black's Beach via the Main Gate

    5.0
    1 mi / 650 ft gain
    With arguably some of San Diego’s best waves, Black’s Beach can be found in the vicinity of the University of California San Diego campus, at the southern end of Torrey Pines State Beach and north of La Jolla Shores. Stately eight-figure mansions now line the bluffs where pastures and the Black f...
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  • San Diego, California

    Black's Beach Trail

    1.13 mi / 276 ft gain
    Black's Beach Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near La Jolla, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    La Jolla Beach Trail

    2.33 mi / 295 ft gain
    La Jolla Beach Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near La Jolla, California.
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