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Finally going to be reunited with my husband after a year and a half!!!! We've decided on apartments called Canyon Club in Oceanside. Anyone there? Know the area, can give me helpful hints? I think that it's close to highways. I haven't read to many bad things about the apartments...other then normal apartment complaints! I absolutely can not wait! I'm driving for Oklahoma on December 19th! 

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Best breakfast place we found while visiting was the Breakfast Break. Don't know the area too well as we were just visiting. Enjoy the weather!


So exciting for you! It will be great to finally be back together. I remember how happy my son and DIL were after being apart for so long. They live at Canyon Club and are happy with the area. Feel free to send me a PM and I will get you in touch with them. What MOS is your husband? Will is Field MP.

Welcome to Oceanside!  I don't know much about Canyon Club except that it's near the main gate.  You'll be close to the commissary, the exchange, and the new hospital which opens soon. Is the military moving your stuff or are you doing it yourself?

Great to hear! Moving myself...he was supposed to come home for Christmas and we were driving back. Of course he can't come home..thanks military! ;) Luckily I have an amazing brother that is driving out with me before Christmas so that we can be together! 

Sounds like a fun road trip!  Depending on when you were married, what your husband's orders said, and how his paperwork was done when he arrived in Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps may still be able to reimburse you for some of the travel costs. It might at least be worth having your husband check into.

Thanks for that info!

Dear Emily,

  I don't know anything about Canyon Club, but Oceanside in general is sketchy.  Saw fist fights on the street at noon on a Sunday when we visited this past August.   Drugs dealers are in some areas which increases crime rate.   Our son would not let us out of his vehicle on a Sunday early afternoon while he got his hair cut at barber used by many Marines.   I know this is not what you want to hear, but you should know this.


I wish you best of luck.


I had to comment on your note, LD.  There are certainly areas of Oceanside that are pretty rough, but I don't think it's fair or accurate to say Oceanside as a whole is dangerous.  We have lived in Oceanside since April (and my husband has been gone most of the time) and I have never felt unsafe. I rarely hear sirens. Occasionally, I see a homeless person looking through the dumpsters at our apartment complex for recyclables, but they haven't caused any problems. Oceanside is part of a big city, so of course it is good to be careful. From talking to my coworkers (some of whom have lived here 40+ years), it seems that Oceanside worked hard to clean up the downtown area which was pretty shady at one time. (I probably still wouldn't wonder around downtown by myself at night, but I haven't seen anything out of the ordinary during the day.) Overall, Oceanside's crime rate is average to slightly below average compared with the rest of California.  I'll also mention that if you live at any apartment complex in Oceanside, many of your neighbors will be Marines. I know that makes some people feel safer.

Hi TigerGirl,

 Since you actually live there, you would certainly know best as to Canyon Club area.  I am just saying that I did not feel safe even driving down the main drag on a Sunday in the middle of the day or sitting in a car with the door locked in a parking lot just off the main drag with my big Marine husband sitting beside me, again during the day on a Sunday.  Like most big cities, there are probably some areas that are just fine and others better avoided as long as you know the areas to avoid.  


Glad to hear you like where you live!   


My friend HATES canyon club. She just paid 1800 just to get out of there. I see so many people on camp Pendleton pages always trying to get out of that place. Yes Oceanside is sketchy in some places and you have to know the area. Welcome to Camp Pendleton!

Thank you all for your comments! Of course nowhere we move will be perfect. I've lived in a VERY bad part of OKC, so I know common since rules...don't give strangers rides, don't wake around in dark places I feel more then comfortable in my abilities to stay safe. My husband just moved into the apt over the weekend and has sent me pictures inside and looks like an apt! =) I will also quickly find friends so that I can also have someone to call if I need to!

Sounds like you have a plan! Don't know what your plans are once you arrive here. Here are a couple things you might want to check out. LINKS is a great class to learn more about the Marine Corps and military life. Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP) can help you with your job search. They also run the volunteer program, which is a great way to meet people. The Joint Education Center has tons of information if you're interested in school. The Marine Corps Community Services website is a great resource for services and programs available on base.


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