"...I decided to visit California for a year or two to see its wonderful flora and the famous Yosemite Valley. All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world's wildernesses I first should wander."
--John Muir (1868)
Nice beaches and a pretty cool town. Oceanside and Carlsbad are in San Diego county about 40 miles north of the city of SD. A little bit funky like all the Southern California beach towns. Real estate prices to the moon!