(Closed) We're going to Camp Pendleton! Advice?

posted 5 years ago in Military
Post # 3
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have not personally been there but I have heard stories. I was told Oceanside is a little rough as well. Ithink the best thing to do is look on parenting sites because there are bound to be forums on there discussing the safety in the surrounding area. Next I would check google maps and use the little yellow guy to walk the streets around the base to get an idea of what scenery you will be dealing with. I do this before we PCS in order to see if we should live on/off base and also what to expect once I arrive. Good luck! 

Post # 4
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I used to live in Carlsbad. Carlsbad is definitely nicer than Oceanside, but inlnd Oceanside isn’t bad, and downtown Oceanside is a good day trip to the beach.

Post # 5
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@wubewe:  I grew up 25 minutes north of Pendleton.  I live down near MCAS Miramar now. Yes, Oceanside is rough. I’d avoid it if at all possible. San Clemente is north of Pendletand by about 15 minutes and is an adorable little beach town. If you go south a bit, Carlsbad is stinging.  Encinitas is a bit more laid back but still a fun place. 

Are you going to be living on base or looking for a place in town?

Post # 7
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble

I loved it there! I’ve lived on base, in fallbrook, and in town. All our friends lived from Escondido to Temecula. The only issue I had, was the entire area is, of course, California.  With the expensively priced ghetto mentality. I didn’t mind the downtown area, but I did my shopping in Escondido and my partying in Temecula…

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