This Southern California beach town keeps its low-key surfer vibe even with some upscale touches.
The casual and unassuming coastal town of Oceanside, California, located just south of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, is in the midst of a transformation. With a revitalization effort under way, new shops, restaurants, and breweries have been popping up in the area over the past few years, giving day-trippers plenty of things to do, see, and eat.
As the culinary landscape expands, it’s attracting talented chefs, many of whom are SoCal locals keen on introducing upscale dining while preserving the city’s funky, low-key vibe. And organic-farm chefs are having produce grown specifically for them at nearby Cyclops Farms.