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California Welcome Center

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Hidden Gem

This is a hidden gem in Southern California. Kind of tucked away at the Western edge of California... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
David I
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Casa Grande, Arizona
Welcome is the Highlight of a Visit

A welcome, not to be forgotten five years ago because of how special we were made to feel, brings... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TravePpro
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Oceanside, California
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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...more
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928 N Coast Hwy, Suite A, Oceanside, CA 92054-2136
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a hidden gem in Southern California. Kind of tucked away at the Western edge of California highway 76, it offers all the information that you would ever need to make your adventures in the state a reality.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A welcome, not to be forgotten five years ago because of how special we were made to feel, brings us back at least yearly. It's great to know some things do not change. In a recent visit to pick up some new local maps, it...More

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Reviewed August 25, 2018

All we can say is get off the (crowded) freeway and visit this place. We stumbled onto it because we needed a break from the bumper to bumper traffic on the 5 and we wanted to find someplace to eat in Oceanside. Bingo! We couldn't...More

1  Thank Hulies
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Loads of helpful information and brochures. The Welcome Center even recommended some hotels for our stay. We chose a hotel within our budget that they suggested and it was great! Lots of cute souvenirs in the Welcome Cwnter gift shop, too! We bought all our...More

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Reviewed August 5, 2018

The staff were attentive, took time to explain about the area. One of the ladies, when we mentioned how much traffic was on the roads, mentioned retirement areas about 10 miles away, if we were thinking of re-locating. Lemonade was offered - and it was...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2018

Best welcome center we've ever been to. So friendly and informative. We will go back to Oceanside and we will stop at the welcome center. Thank You

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Reviewed August 2, 2018

The welcoming staff were helpful and kind. It is a great place to find out what is happening in California. They have great gifts and local items for sale! Visit this center soon!

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

I stopped in for maps and tide info...very well stocked visitor center. The lobby offered more than I expected and help me as I traveled north on the costal route.More

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Lydia P, Front Office Manager at California Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2018

HI Kitty, 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!...More

Reviewed July 4, 2018

We were meeting family in Oceanside during a recent trip out from the east coast. We stumbled upon the Welcome Center and it was a WONDERFUL surprise. The staff is extremely helpful and nice, the facility is clean and has so much great information for...More

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Lydia P, Front Office Manager at California Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

HI Spartangirl, 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!...More

Reviewed June 28, 2018

The people who worked there were very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and about California in general. They made us wish we had more time to stay in Oceanside!More

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Lydia P, Front Office Manager at California Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

HI Cathy, 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!...More

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