Oceanside is the third largest city in San Diego County and has a population bursting over 190,000 people. Oceanside is just one of three cities that comprise the tri-city area alongside Vista and Carlsbad. Although originally created with the intention to build a town of single-family homes, Oceanside has since developed into a self-sufficient community that has increased its commercial and industrial development to sustain its growing population base. Because of the area’s natural beauty and openness to commercial development, a number of movies are filmed in Oceanside. Some of the more notable films include Bring It On, Top Gun, The Whole Ten Yards, Diamonds are Forever, and The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
Located just south of Camp Pendleton, a large portion of traffic through Oceanside is due to the military base that forms one of the city’s borders. Camp Pendleton is the busiest military base in the United States and is the major west coast base of the United States Marines Corps. Because of the area’s prime location along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the base benefits from prime amphibious training scenarios.
Students who live in Oceanside can pick from a hodgepodge of different school districts that all operate campuses in the Oceanside area in addition to the local Oceanside Unified School District. Other districts represented include Vista Unified School District, Bonsall Union School District, and Carlsbad Unified School District. The determination of schools is based on the student’s actual residential address and a limited amount of geographical exceptions are permitted each year. The Oceanside Unified School District operates two comprehensive high schools, El Camino High School and Oceanside High School, in the city.
An abundance of fun attractions and activities are scattered throughout Oceanside and have garnered a lot of attention from residents and visitors alike. The Oceanside Pier, built in 1888, is the longest wooden pier on the United States west coast and extends almost 2,000 feet into the Pacific Ocean. Oceanside is also known for the California Surf Museum that is located in the downtown district. The town also hosts a large Day of the Dead festival every November. The event is complete with Carnival rides, a number of street vendors, and a lot of music. An annual harbor Days festival features similar festivities every September.