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“Only popped in to collect our Gosandiego5 tickets..but......”

California Welcome Center
Ranked #1 of 80 things to do in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: California Welcome Centers are California’s official State Visitor Centers offering valuable information and services for today’s traveler. There are 17 affiliated Welcome Centers located throughout the state, with volunteers and staff to answer your questions and enhance your visit. Oceanside is home to one of the California Welcome Centers, ready to assist visitors daily from 9am-5pm (except major holidays). Free maps, brochures, a gift shop, restrooms, and personal assistance to get you where you want to go!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This just seemed a convenient place to stop and pick up tickets for 5 minutes.
The staff were helpful, very helpful. I knew nothing at all about Oceanside, but on their advice, I went down to the carpark by the pier and visited the Topgun house (Kelly McGillis oceanfront home), the pier and the promenade. As they described, a simply lovely place. Thankyou staff. You are a credit to your organisation!

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Lydia P, Front Office Manager at California Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HI Cornish,

Thank you for stopping by to visit us.
We appreciate your kind review, it's very important to us!
We are always happy to help assist with information to make your experience in Oceanside and California a happy and successful one!


Thank you again!
Best Regards,

Lydia Petroff

Visitor Services Manager
Visit Oceanside® Conference & Visitors Bureau
928 N. Coast Highway, Suite A
Oceanside, CA 92054

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We happened upon the visitor center seeking information on the Apacific Coadt highway. The center is staffed by volunteers who are friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and offered good advice on what to see in the area. They recommended the Oceanside pier as a must stop and we are glad they did and glad we stopped.

1  Thank Bill13669
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Lydia P, Front Office Manager at California Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HI Bill,

Thank you for stopping by to visit us.
We appreciate your kind review, it's very important to us!
We are always happy to help assist with information to make your experience in Oceanside and California a happy and successful one!


Thank you again!
Best Regards,

Lydia Petroff

Visitor Services Manager
Visit Oceanside® Conference & Visitors Bureau
928 N. Coast Highway, Suite A
Oceanside, CA 92054

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We stopped in on our visit to the coast. Yes it is spring break. We asked for recommendations for places to stay in our rented RV. We talked to 4 staff - looked like a combination of volunteers and paid staff. They told us this was the worst time of year to visit. They told us we would not find a campsite at any of the state parks. When I asked for some ideas of their favorite, must-do places in the area they didn’t provide one. So we left and went on to stay 3 nights - one at a state park on the coast and 2 nights at an amazing RV Park. We stumble upon our own adventures and had a great time - even though it was spring break. Just wish the staff would have been more helpful and welcoming.

Thank margaritayum
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Lydia P, Front Office Manager at California Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

HI Margarita,

We are so apologetic that the volunteers and staff on the day you visited us were unable to find you a suitable RV park and must-do places to visit in the area. It doesn't sound like us at all. If you can remember, what date and time did you stop by?

We are pleased that you found amazing places to stay and were pleased with your own adventures.
Again, we apologize.

Best Regards, Lydia

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The greeter was very friendly and informative. She gave us some information on the area and how far we were from our final destination. And she did it all with a smile and a very good attitude.

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1  Thank Cindy C
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Lydia P, Front Office Manager at California Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

HI Cindy,

Thank you for stopping by to visit us.
We appreciate your kind review, it's very important to us!

We are always happy to help assist with information to make your experience in Oceanside and California a happy and successful one! We are open daily from 9-5pm. Please stop by and see us again soon.

Thank you again!
Best Regards, Lydia

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Thanks to the volunteers who dispense useful information, the Oceanside oriented tourist items, and the clean restrooms!

Thank jonhartz
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Lydia P, Front Office Manager at California Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

HI Jon,

Thank you for stopping by to visit us.
We appreciate your kind review, it's very important to us!

We are always happy to help assist with information to make your experience in Oceanside and California a happy and successful one! We are open daily from 9-5pm. Please stop by and see us again soon.

Thank you again!
Best Regards, Lydia

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