Oceanside Pier

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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
CoordinatesCoordinates: 33°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]


Now in its sixth incarnation (built in 1987),[6] the pier is a popular fishing spot,[7] and Ruby's Diner, a 1950s style diner, was located at the end of the pier from 1996 to 2021. 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.[8]

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  1. ^ "Historical Oceanside". Oceanside-ca.com. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  2. ^ "Oceanside's Piers". Oceanside Historical Society. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  3. ^ "Oceanside Pier - Through the Years". Ken Jones. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  4. ^ "Beach Recreation Center". City of Oceanside. Retrieved 10 July 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. ^ "The Oceanside Pier". Web.archive.org. 2008-01-16. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  7. ^ "Oceanside Pier [Pier Fishing in California]". Pierfishing.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  8. ^ "City of Oceanside, California - Parking Map". www.ci.oceanside.ca.us. Retrieved 2021-05-07.

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