Oceanside, Calif.- May 14, 2014- For a fun vacation this summer, head to Oceanside, Calif. and bring the kids and the dog. This pet-friendly destination is not just for kids and adults, but friends of the furry kind, too.
Pet Friendly Accommodations: Fronting the sandy beach just south of Oceanside Pier are a wide assortment of bungalows and high-end homes from BeachFront Only Vacation Rentals, which not only welcome families, but also dogs. Accommodations include kitchenettes, living spaces and Fido-friendly amenities such as grass lawn areas and patios. Marriott's Residence Inn Oceanside is another dog-friendly retreat that features full kitchens, pull-out sofas and on-site laundry facilities. Families with RVs can bring the dog and stay at Oceanside's Harbor Beach Campground, which overlooks a beautiful wide sandy beach, playground and picnic facilities.
Dogs Around Town: Families traveling with pups will find plenty of places around town to enjoy with their canine friends. The Oceanside Harbor is a great place to stroll with dogs, or even take water safe dogs for a tour of the calm harbor waters on a rented Stand Up Paddleboard. Oceanside has a city-run dog park just a few minutes from downtown, and pets are welcome on-leash along The Strand by Oceanside Pier and at the Farmer's Market and Sunset Market that takes place each Thursday in downtown Oceanside.
Dining with the Dogs: Bring the dog along and enjoy some of the area's best hangouts. The Stone Company Store Oceanside by Stone Brewing Company features a dog-friendly outdoor patio that is beautifully decorated with boulders and a fire pit. At the harbor location of the popular Beach Break Café, dogs are provided with water bowls as they wait patiently for their owners to enjoy breakfast burritos and other good eats. Hit the Spot, a coffee shop on Coast Highway run by a retired military family, offers a dog-friendly patio along with organic coffee, tea and other goodies.
Pet Daycare: With so many fun family attractions nearby such as Legoland and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, there are times when it's necessary to leave the dog behind. Fortunately, families can take the dog to Oceanside's Bark Avenue Resort and Kamp. This blissful doggie day camp features luxury suites for canines, a spacious and open dog park, a multi-purpose room, vet services, a pet salon and spa and even room service.
Celebrating its 125th year, Oceanside is located along the beautiful Southern California coastline and considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside enjoys a rich history as an ideal place to stay and experience California's casual spirit. The city boasts a number of important historical and cultural attractions such as Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), California's longest wooden pier, vintage 101 Café, 1920's era Robert's Cottages, Top Gun House, California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. The city has served as a film location for dozens of Hollywood productions and was once the preferred getaway of many of Hollywood's elite. Bordering Camp Pendleton, Oceanside has long enjoyed a strong relationship with the U.S. military and a deep commitment to the men and women serving the nation. Today, with 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is a highly sought after location for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding, skydiving and more.