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Oceanside Pier

Coordinates: 33°11′30″N 117°23′20″W / 33.191672°N 117.388852°W / 33.191672; -117.388852
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Oceanside Pier
Oceanside Pier at sunset
SpansPacific Ocean
Official nameOceanside Municipal Pier
TollOpen to the Public
Total length1,954 feet (596 m)
Opening date1888
Coordinates33°11′30″N 117°23′20″W / 33.191672°N 117.388852°W / 33.191672; -117.388852

The Oceanside Pier, located in Oceanside, in northern San Diego County, California, is the longest wooden pier on the western United States coastline at 1,954 feet (596 m).


The pier was first built in 1888 at what is now Wisconsin Avenue. The original pier was destroyed by storms in the winter of 1890, and was rebuilt in 1893 by Melchoir Pieper at what is now Pier View Way, where all subsequent piers would be located.[1] Four iterations of the pier were built and then destroyed by heavy storms. The current pier was built and formally opened to the public in September 1987, at a cost of $5 million.[2][3]

At the foot of the pier is the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, which hosts numerous events throughout the year. The Junior Seau Beach Community Center, also known as the Beach Recreation Center, is a 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) facility located near the pier that includes a gymnasium, meeting room, stage, and kitchen.[4] Both the amphitheater and the community center were renamed posthumously in 2012 in honor of hometown football hero Junior Seau.[5]

2024 fire[edit]

Aftermath of the fire

At around 15:00 PDT on April 25, 2024, a major fire broke out at the far end of the pier. The pier was swiftly evacuated and no injuries were reported.[6] Portions of the pier continued to smolder into the following day. While acknowledging that the fire had not yet been declared under control, the city's fire chief estimated at midday on April 26 that 90% of the pier was undamaged. The fire's point of origin was determined to be the former Ruby's Diner, a 1950s-style diner, located at the end of the pier. Opened in 1996 and vacated in 2021, the structure was being remodeled prior to the fire, which effectively destroyed it.[7]

Rebuilding the pier is expected to be completed by 2027 at an estimated cost of $17 million.[8]


Now in its sixth incarnation (built in 1987),[9] the pier is a popular fishing spot.[10] Surfing is also very popular on both the North and South sides of the pier.


Pre-pay parking is available along Mission Ave, N. Pacific St, N. Myers, and as well as on N. Cleveland St. Metered parking is also available on Pier View Way. Parking regulations are very strict in Oceanside, especially near the pier and the harbor.[11]

Additional images[edit]


  1. ^ "Historical Oceanside". Oceanside-ca.com. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  2. ^ "Oceanside's Piers". Oceanside Historical Society. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "Oceanside Pier - Through the Years". Ken Jones. February 28, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Beach Recreation Center". City of Oceanside. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  5. ^ Huard, Ray (May 16, 2012). "Council names beach amphitheater, rec center for Seau". North County Times. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "Watch Live: Massive blaze burns at iconic Oceanside Pier". nbcsandiego.com. Retrieved April 25, 2024.
  7. ^ https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/oceanside-pier-fire-day-2/3499503/
  8. ^ Page • •, Eric S. (May 23, 2024). "Oceanside Pier fire, rebuilding will cost at least $17 million, take three years". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved May 28, 2024.
  9. ^ "The Oceanside Pier". Web.archive.org. January 16, 2008. Archived from the original on January 16, 2008. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  10. ^ "Oceanside Pier [Pier Fishing in California]". Pierfishing.com. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  11. ^ "City of Oceanside, California - Parking Map". www.ci.oceanside.ca.us. Retrieved May 7, 2021.

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