Consider Oceanside – North San Diego – as the next SoCal coastal destination for your SMERF groups; small meetings & board retreats, corporate teambuilding events, military and family reunions, weddings and special events, and group tours!
If you’re planning a group event or meeting in San Diego County, California, Oceanside features a variety of venues to help make it a success. You’ll find the perfect mix of meeting and conference facilities, comfortable hotels, cozy vacation home rentals, and other affordable accommodations for your group.
While here for your meeting, have a little fun as well! Enjoy a whale watching trip out of our charming harbor, go for a stroll on our historic pier, rent electric bikes and cruise down Coast Highway 101, or take a walk back in time and tour the San Luis Rey Mission. In Oceanside you will experience a coastal casual elegance with abundant dining experiences and some of the best craft beer in San Diego.
With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why planners love bringing their groups to Oceanside! The Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau professional staff provides complimentary one-stop services for all of your meeting, military and family reunion, wedding and special event planning needs. We know Oceanside inside and out and can offer you no-cost, professional planning advice and quality service that will ensure a successful and enjoyable group gathering.
Ask us about our Pick a Perk Incentive Program for planners and groups to receive rewards and sponsorships toward meeting enhancements and activities.
Oceanside is located just 38 miles north of downtown San Diego, 50 miles south of Orange County and 100 miles south of Los Angeles. It is conveniently located near 4 major airports including San Diego’s Lindberg Field (SAN- 40 miles), John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA- 50 miles) Los Angeles Airport (LAX- 90 miles) and Ontario Airport (ONT- 85 miles). McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in Carlsbad is located just 15 minutes south of Oceanside.
A coastal community, it is easily accessed by car from Interstate 5 and the historic Coast Highway 101. The city can also be reached by rail with daily stops at the Oceanside Transit Center from Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner that services cities between Santa Barbara and Oceanside. The Transit Center also is a central hub for three other rail lines: the Coaster, which operates a daily schedule between downtown San Diego and Oceanside; the Sprinter, which runs daily between Oceanside and Escondido to the east; and the Metrolink, which services east Orange County, San Bernandino and Riverside.
Oceanside is home to a wide range of lodging options including upscale select-service hotels, midscale hotels, economy motels and beachfront vacation rentals (condos and luxury homes). Local hotel tax: 11.5 percent
Visit Oceanside partners with our local state-of-the-art meeting facility, QLN Conference Center, which encompasses 21,500 square feet of meeting & event space with 7 breakout rooms; additional event facilities and venues range from beachfront hotels, historic theatres, and community centers to museums, gardens and private estates.
Oceanside’s year-round stellar climate and natural outdoor amenities make it an ideal place for incentive travel, board retreats and teambuilding events.
The city offers:
• Six miles of beachfront roadways, excellent for jogging, biking or rollerblading
• Oceanside Harbor where visitors enjoy water sports such as boating, kayaking, jet skiing and SUP outings.
• Five golf courses including: Arrowood, El Camino Country Club, Center City Golf Course, Emerald Isle Golf Course and Goat Hill Park.
• San Luis Rey River Bike Trail with 9 miles of scenic paved trail
• Whale watching & ocean adventures (year-round)