Heading southbound from Los Angeles and Orange County, Oceanside is the gateway to sunny San Diego County. Oceanside, a title suitable for this city with three and a half miles of beaches, is home to a list of yearlong attractions and activities.
In January, Oceanside kicks off the New Year with the NSSA Jr. Surfing Contest. This competition and similar contests continue throughout the calendar year. In the spring and summer, the Oceanside Amphitheater hosts many events that stretch into the Indian Summer months of September and October.
Oceanside business is on a roll. New companies are moving in and existing companies are expanding creating approximately 2,000 new jobs per year. Oceanside's appeal is based on its relatively cheap, bountiful land situated within a few miles of the coast; its easy access to two major freeways, its large, experienced labor force; and its less expensive housing market.
According to Jane McVey, president of the Oceanside Economic Development Commission, biotech and computer companies are a good market fit right now because of the cheap land and a labor force already trained for manufacturing.