Town Highlight: Oceanside
Oceanside is a beautiful beach town that spreads across the length of Camp Pendleton. Oceanside is home to 175,622 people and about 42 miles long. Oceanside has amazing beaches, an amazing pier that ends with Ruby's Diner. Watch an amazing So Cal sunset while sipping a local diner milkshake. Surfing is available right off of oceanside beaches along with fishing off of the pier.
Oceanside maybe a big city, but it has an amazing downtown filled with boutique shops, craft breweries, and amazing restaurants on Coastal Highway. There are many spots within Oceanside that have a shopping hub. No matter where you live in Oceanside you are 5-10 minutes within a grocery store or big name stores (Target, TJ MAXX, movie theater...etc.)
Oceanside is right outside the front (main) gate as well as the San Luis Rey Gate of Camp Pendleton. From the main gate, you are 30 minutes from SOI/San Clemente area. From the San Luis Rey Gate you are 25 minutes to the Air Station. Main side on Camp Pendleton is located by the San Luis Rey Gate on Camp Pendleton.
Oceanside is about 30-40 minutes from San Diego and is considered a coastal town. The home used in top gun is located along Oceanside beach. There is a walk way along the beach which makes for a beautiful view while exercising. Enjoy the food venders and surf coaches during the summer along the beach.