Living in SoCal: What can I do outside the hospital?
The real question is what can't you do in Southern California?!
Throughout the year, we have numerous social activities to remind ourselves that there is life outside the hospital. These include trivia nights, group runs, holiday parties, beach picnics and more!
Southern California has a mild, dry climate that is ideal for outdoor recreation. The temperature is fairly consistent year round. Opportunities for recreation are only limited by your interests. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (MCBCP) is situated about 35 miles north of San Diego and 100 miles south of LA. Each city offers its own set of attractions and entertainment.
The hospital itself is situated in the middle of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. It is an active wildlife preserve with numerous biking and running trails. If you want to stay fit year round, you will have no problem with the multitude of outstanding exercise facilities available on base. There are 2 private beaches at Del Mar and San Onofre. Both have water sports, rental cabins, and camping sites for military families.
San Diego is a short drive away. Amenities include its world-famous Zoo, Seaworld, Wild Animal Park, San Diego Padres, Chargers, Broadway theater, and concerts.
Los Angeles is two hours north and boasts Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Raging Waters and many cultural events and activities.
Discounted tickets to numerous attractions and events are available on base for active-duty military and their families.
With the abundance of beaches, SoCal is home to many legendary surf spots. With a surf museum here in Oceanside itself, you can always find surfing competitions on the beaches. There is even a dog surfing competition! Many of our residents end up picking up surfboards as well!
If you prefer land-based activities (why did you join the Navy?!), there are plenty of opportunities for skiiing/hiking/camping/fishing in the nearby mountains and wildlife preserves.
Residency can be difficult, so why not get an outstanding education while living in a place like this?