By Marissa Willman

It wasn’t lost on me that our first getaway as a family turned out to be across the street from the very same pier where my boyfriend and I had our first beach date.

Granted, the Oceanside Pier looked a little different during our visit at the end of April—a fire had broken out just days before our stay. Thankfully, the damage was minimal: no injuries and more than 90% of the pier was saved. And as of publication, the pier has partially reopened, just in time for summer.

The Seabird Resort was just a parking lot the last time we were here. But now, it’s one of the most sought after stays in Oceanside–and the perfect homebase for a family getaway this summer.


Where to Stay

Located right along the coast, The Seabird Resort offers a beachfront escape with incredible ocean views. This Destination by Hyatt hotel opened in 2021 alongside the Mission Pacific Beach Resort next door. This sister property offers a sleeker vibe, perfect for a romantic getaway. For those traveling with the kids in tow, though, The Seabird Resort is the perfect beachside pick with its family-friendly pool, onsite dining, and complimentary beach rentals.

Sister resort Mission Pacific across the street, a sleeker vibe, perfect for a romantic getaway

With the kids, The Seabird Resort is the perfect beachside pick with its family-friendly pool, onsite dining, and complimentary beach rentals.

Where to Eat

When I say we are still talking about the dinner we shared at Blade 1936, it’s not an exaggeration. This Italian restaurant is about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the hotel and it is well worth the trip. Don’t miss the pappardelle ai funghi (our server insisted we add sausage to this dish and he wasn’t wrong) or the gorgonzola pizza–we’re already planning a return drive just to eat here again.

For a more casual meal, try Craft Coast Brewery & Taco Stand, just a couple blocks from the resort. The name of this indoor/outdoor brewery pretty much says it all: a rotating menu of craft beers, plus a menu of tacos, nachos, and mulitas. The food is delicious, the prices are reasonable, and we loved seeing so many other families with babies hanging around.

In the morning, the kids will love a sweet treat from Parlor Doughnuts, about a 15-minute walk from the resort. This bakery serves up some of the best doughnuts in Oceanside. The doughnuts are made fresh daily and come in a variety of flavors, including churro, campfire (s’mores-inspired), peanut butter cup, and turtle cheesecake.

For a coffee and a pastry or a light breakfast, grab an Uber over to Communal. This coffee shop is located in the heart of Oceanside and offers a variety of coffee drinks, as well as pastries, sandwiches, and salads. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting, and the staff is friendly, too.

What to Do

There’s plenty to explore in Oceanside, whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend on the beach, a more adventurous weekend, or something in-between. This coastal city offers a variety of activities perfect for families looking for a mix of relaxation, adventure, and cultural exploration. Here are some top picks to make the most of your visit:

Hit the Beach: Oceanside’s pristine beaches are perfect for families. Spend the day building sandcastles, flying kites, or soaking up the sun. The area around the pier is particularly family-friendly, offering plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the ocean. Don’t miss the tide pools at the south end of the beach for a fun, educational experience that the kids will love.

Explore the California Surf Museum: Just a short walk from The Seabird Resort, the California Surf Museum is a must-visit for any beach-loving family. This engaging museum offers fascinating exhibits on the history of surfing, famous surfers, and surf culture. It’s an educational and fun stop that will captivate visitors of all ages and give you a deeper appreciation of the surf scene in Oceanside.

Visit the Oceanside Museum of Art: For a cultural experience, head to the Oceanside Museum of Art. Located in the heart of downtown, this museum features a range of exhibits from contemporary artists. The pieces are sure to intrigue and inspire visitors of all ages. Check their schedule for family-friendly events and activities to make the most of your visit.

Your Next Summer Getaway

Oceanside is a perfect blend of sun, sand, and culture, making it an ideal destination for a family-friendly summer getaway. From the fun of beachside adventures to the charm of local eateries, Oceanside offers endless opportunities for family fun and bonding. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and head to Oceanside for a summer getaway that promises unforgettable memories for the whole family.