By Suzanne Ellison
Oceanside
California
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A day of fun in the sun, is what you'll get in Oceanside, California. Settled in the southern part of the state between Los Angeles and San Diego, you'll think you have arrived in Paradise! A multitude of sandy beaches, palm trees and quaint boat harbors await you. No matter your age, or if you are just in the city to visit your loved one in the military, you will find something special to tickle your fancy in Oceanside.

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The Luiseno Indians, originally of the Shoshonean Tribe, were the first inhabitants of Oceanside.  Hunters and gatherers, the Luiseno's learned to farm with the help of the Franciscan Friars who passed through the area.  Mission San Luis Ray de Francia was completed in October of 1815 and was the largest building in California and the most prosperous.  Today, the mission is still an active church where services are held.  Take a tour of the "bright white” facility and visit the unique gift shop. Definitely worth the short, ten minute drive from the coast.

EscapeWizard.com also recommends a visit to one of Oceanside's beautiful beaches. With as many as eight beaches to choose from, you are sure to find one just perfect for you.  Pack a picnic basket or cooler and head out to Pier View South, Oceanside's most popular beach.  As popular suggests this beach can be a little crowded.  Many water sporting events are held at Pier View South such as surfing and body boarding.  There is also the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater where various activities take place.  Another popular beach is Harbor Beach; Oceanside's largest beach, hosts a variety of activities such as sailing, whale watching, and deep-sea fishing. You will also find picnic tables and barbecue grills along with snack bars.

For the fishermen out there, Oceanside Pier is known for its multitude of possibilities; Halibut, Pacific Bonito and Sand Bass are only a few. If surf-fishing is more to your liking, you're likely to take home Croaker or Grunion for your dinner that night!

And then there are the theme parks! EscapeWizard.com suggests the fabulous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. A family could easily spend a week in just this park alone, there is so much to do and see. With eight different Safaris to choose from, you all witness the closest thing to a true African Safari. Or maybe you'd rather spend your time at the new Polar Bear Plunge, a wonderful, educational experience. For the younger generation, you can't miss stopping at Leggo Land. Your little ones will be met by Princess Meet & Greet before heading over to see  Bob the Builder in 4-D. And then there's Disneyland.....need I say more? All of these are a short drive from Oceanside, and EscapeWizard.com can assist with your rental car as well; just click this link to book with us (http://www.escapewizard.com/cars.php?flag=cr).

In September, Oceanside blossoms into Harbor Festival Days. A vast array of food awaits you along with local artists and street vendors. With Oceanside's near perfect weather, November is home to the Day of the Dead celebration with musicians and carnival rides to boot!
 
When planning your next vacation, think Oceanside, California. Whether a relaxing time at the beach or a new adventure each day of your stay, let EscapeWizard.com help you make it a wonderful memory.
Hotels in Oceanside
By Shaina Amienyi
Holiday Inn
1401 Carmelo Drive, Oceanside, CA
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The Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina is an ideal choice for those wanting to be close to major attractions, such as LEGOLAND, beaches, and the Oceanside Marina. The beach and harbor are in walking distance from the hotel so guests may not need a car, but guests who drive can park for free at the hotel. The multi-lingual staff is fluent in several languages other than English; staff can assist guests in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Check in and out times are 3pm and 11am.

The hotel features 110 rooms, about half of which are suites. Guests can book rooms with either a single king bed or two queen beds. Rooms are equipped with a 42-inch HDTV with free HBO, stereo, safe, and ergonomic work desk. The refreshments area contains a coffee maker, microwave, fridge, and wet bar.

Guests have access to free wireless internet in their rooms, but they can also use high-speed internet in the 24-hour business center. The Holiday Inn is a great place to hold a business event, with its 800 square feet of meeting space. Meeting facilities accommodate up to 80 people and come with A/V equipment, including projectors, a DVD player, a microphone, and a cable modem.

Business and leisure vacationers will enjoy the hotel’s other facilities. There is a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool where guests can cool off. Guests can keep up their workouts in the fitness center, located on the lobby level and open from 5am to 11pm.

ARYANA Restaurant and Bar provides guests with Southern California cuisine. Kids under the age of 12 eat free at the restaurant. During the nightly happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, the restaurant offers discounted drinks and appetizers. The cocktail lounge area features a full-service bar offering beer, wine, and cocktails.

Choose the Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina and you will be within walking or a short driving distance from several popular destinations. EscapeWizard.com invites you to click the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to reserve your room at this hotel.
Hotels in Oceanside
By Shaina Amienyi
Quality Inn
3170 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA
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The Quality Inn (Formally Holiday Inn Express) Oceanside is a welcoming, comfortable hotel that is a great choice for vacationers. Its multi-lingual staff, fluent in English, Spanish, and Hindi, can assist guests during check-in, which begins at 3pm, and checkout, which is at 11am. The hotel is in a perfect location to begin exploring attractions since numerous points of interest, such as the Carlsbad Outlet Mall, Carlsbad State Beach, and San Diego Zoo, are nearby.

There are 62 rooms, including 10 suites, and all include access to free high speed internet and a television with premium cable. Guests have the option of rooms with one king bed or two double beds. Executive rooms feature standard amenities as well as a microwave oven and mini refrigerator. Suites include a living room with a sofa bed and an extra television, and some have a private balcony. Rooms in the outside corridor contain kitchenettes featuring a full-size fridge, a coffee maker, a microwave, a two-burner stove, and cooking and serving utensils.

Guests can have breakfast right in the hotel, which offers the hotel’s trademark free Express Start breakfast bar. The hotel is in walking distance of several restaurants where guests can eat lunch and dinner.

This Quality Inn Express provides a fitness center so no need to worry about missing workouts. The fitness center has treadmills, a bike, and a TV so guests can be entertained while they exercise. When guests want aquatic exercise or to cool off from the California sun, they can do laps in the outdoor swimming pool. Guests can also relax in the outdoor whirlpool.

EscapeWizard.com encourages guests to choose the Quality Inn Express Oceanside. Close to Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, El Camino Country Club, Oceanside Pier, and LEGOLAND, this hotel is in a great location. Simply click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your stay at this hotel.