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Blue Whale

Oceanside, CA 92054 PHONE: (760) 722-8849 Map it / View Street Address

Featured Review: Blue Whale

by Tom Chong, Phoenix, Arizona 
First printed in Sep/Oct 2011

Oceanside, California is one of several small to medium sized towns that line the scenic Southern California coastline from San Diego to Los Angeles. Los Angeles lies 75 miles to the north and San Diego 45 miles to the south. Interstate 5, a major north-south freeway, intersects the city and makes Oceanside convenient to the many and famous Southern California attractions such as Disneyland, Hollywood, Sea World, Legoland, La Jolla and so on. Oceanside is home to four timeshare resorts. This past June we stayed at one of them: The Blue Whale Resort. The Resort is situated along a row of apartments, cottages, condos and townhomes that face the Pacific Ocean across a one way frontage road called "the Strand". Crossing the Strand was never a problem as the sparse traffic was slow and the drivers courteous to pedestrians. It is said that the Blue Whale Resort is "on the beach" (if you don't count the frontage road).

We arrived after 10 pm on a Thursday night and the front desk was closed. We had called ahead and we were given the combination for a lock box that is at the front of each unit, and contains a spare key for the unit. This also came in handy one night after we had taken a walk on the beach and realized that we had forgotten to take the room key.


The Blue Whale Resort itself is very small. It consists of one L-shaped building. The front half of the L is one story and the back half is two stories. On the ground floor are two studios and eight one-bedroom units; two two-bedroom units make up the second level of the building. A parking lot for 14 vehicles fills the area inside the L. A small picnic area is in the front of the parking lot and has two gas barbecues, two concrete tables and benches, and four white, plastic lounge chairs that face the Pacific Ocean. A stamp sized lawn with tall palm trees complete the front of the resort. We stayed in a one-bedroom unit in the middle of the building. Our unit did not have an ocean view; but to see the ocean, all we had to do was step outside.

A complete kitchen is on the left as you enter the unit; the stove and dishwasher and sink were "mini" instead of full sized. Living room and dining room were combined and nicely furnished with a sofa/pull out bed and rattan chairs, book shelves, and coffee table The lone TV set was in the living room.. To reach the bedroom, we had to cross the living/dining area. The bedroom had a king sized bed and two night tables and lamps and an ample closet, but not much else. The bathroom had a shower and was situated between the bedroom and living room. Our unit was indeed compact. The information binder in our unit, explained why. The Blue Whale Resort was previously a motel, built in the 1930's and the conversion to a timeshare occurred during the 1980's. As a result the units are small and not uniform in size or design. Because the Resort is small, it is easy to visit with other guests. This was a pleasant contrast to the impersonality of some of the larger timeshare properties we've stayed at. We had many enjoyable conversations, while standing in front of the Resort, watching the sun set in the West.

We found out that many of the other guests were owners of the Blue Whale and looked forward to their week at the beach every year. As the week progressed we grew to understand their loyalty. Falling asleep to the sound of the surf and waves was very enjoyable. And at night, walking just a few feet to the front of the Resort, we were able to see the marvelous sight of the ocean illuminated in the moonlight.

Oceanside Pier is to the South of the Resort. In the past, boats would dock at the pier and cargo or passengers would be transferred. Now it is a long fishing pier and has a Ruby's restaurant at its ocean end. The walk to the pier from the Resort is very pleasant, day or night. It was interesting to see the many kinds of fish being caught there.

Oceanside Harbor is to the North and also walking distance from the Resort. The many colorful and intricately crafted boats, yachts, and other pleasure craft makes a very picturesque scene while walking along the Harbor. The Harbor has a restaurant overlooking the ocean and several smaller food stands and stores catering to tourists. Boat rentals, ocean cruises and fishing expeditions are available. We also discovered the Oceanside Transit Center, about a mile and half away from the resort. It is a hub for commuter trains that go North to downtown LA and South to downtown San Diego. One day we took the train to San Diego, which has an ocean view for a third of the trip.

From San Diego, we took the Trolley to the Mexican Border at Tijuana. We were warned not to cross into Mexico as we did not have our passports with us and would have had trouble reentering the USA. So we stood on the International Bridge and looked into hilly Tijuana and Mexico on the other side.

The Blue Whale Resort is a small resort that doesn't possess many amenities. But it's location more than makes up for this lack. And that is why Blue Whale owners and guests tend to come back year after year.

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