uk es it fr pt nl
Oceanside Harbor break guidePhoto by: John Lemieux

Oceanside Harbor Surf Guide

Oceanside Harbor in San Diego County is an exposed beach/Jetty break that is often working and works all around the year. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around high tide. Often Crowded. Hazards include rips, obstacles, private, locals, pollution and sharks.

Oceanside Harbor Spot Info

Icon beachBeach/jettyIcon  s44.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
21.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Oceanside Harbor:

The best conditions reported for surf at Oceanside Harbor occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Oceanside Harbor (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Oceanside Harbor with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 50% of the time in January while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 15% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Oceanside Harbor Location Map

Interactive Oceanside Harbor surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Oceanside Harbor is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 51 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Oceanside Harbor is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA), also in USA, 61 km (38 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Map placeholder
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Oceanside Harbor Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 1 October 2022, 19:43 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross

Swell History at Oceanside Harbor

Surf stats for Oceanside Harbor, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Oceanside Harbor

Wind stats for Oceanside Harbor, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Oceanside Harbor Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 14 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s44.0
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.3
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.1
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.7
  • ...

See all 18 ratings

Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
Icon avatar
Josh from United States
“Decent surf. Expect to be snaked and burned. Everyone that surfs here pretty much sucks even the nicer ones. A lot of locals won’t surf here without 5 of their friends. Not really pleasant if you are an intermediate or beginning surfer.”

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Oceanside Harbor. Click below to view there surf guides.

Wave Buoys Nearest To Oceanside Harbor: