Make yourself at home at our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Oceanside, just north of San Diego near Camp Pendleton. From your sunny Southern California base, you’ll soon be sunbathing on golden beaches and admiring incredible surf photography at the California Surf Museum.
Our Oceanside hotels are near the historic Oceanside Pier. Reaching some 1,900 feet into the Pacific Ocean, the pier is perfect for an early morning jog or a sunset stroll. The beaches closest to the pier are busiest—head farther south for less congestion and free street parking. You can rent a boogie board or sign-up for surf lessons with the vendors and shops at Tyson Street Beach. The California Surf Museum downtown celebrates surfing culture with photographs of the sport's legends and a collection of historic longboards. At the San Diego Wild Animal Park in Escondido, rhinos, giraffes and lions roam in relative freedom in naturalistic settings. Walk the park's many trails or hop aboard an open-air tram for a closer look.
Order surf-and-turf at restaurants in Harbor Village near our Oceanside hotels or head downtown for an excellent selection of Mexican eateries. Shops in Harbor Village specialize in beach gear and souvenirs, though you'll find a variety of boutiques and antiques stores downtown. Laid-back Oceanside nightlife revolves around Harbor Village watering holes, where locals and Camp Pendleton Marines shoot pool and sip cold beers.
Choose our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Oceanside to explore California’s largest Spanish mission. The stately white Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was built in the 1800s in a sheltered valley a short drive inland from our Oceanside hotels. Tour the beautifully-restored church to see the copper altar hand-hammered by Native Americans. The mission's enclosed central square features an elaborate stone terrace and sunken garden.