Just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, you’ll find the casual, seaside city of Oxnard where oceanfront recreation, fabulous festivals, sweet strawberries, exceptional weather, and miles of uncrowded beaches await your discovery. Home to the California Strawberry Festival, and neighbor to the breathtaking Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Oxnard is a welcomed retreat any time of year. visit Oxnard, stay for a while, and savor the sweet and spicy international flavors in Oxnard — Elevate your senses.
Oxnard is steeped in a rich California history. Visit the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District and Heritage Square for a peek into early-20th century homes. In addition to its rich cultural history, the city of Oxnard has the most beautiful beaches in California. The beauty of their beaches is credited to their remote location from freeways and big cities. As a matter of fact, these beaches have priceless views of the Channel Islands. Enjoy the many wonderful beaches of Oxnard, (you’ll find a list here), then come visit Oxnard. Start planning your trip….read on with our Oxnard Travel Guide!
Weather (Best Time to Go)
The busiest month for tourism in Oxnard, CA, US is July, followed by June and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Oxnard in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
During March – May, Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 70.4°F and 64.8°F with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with roughly 1 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do. The summer months of June – August have comfortably cool weather. These months see the least precipitation. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Oxnard, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual. In September – November, daily highs range from 75.4°F and 68.3°F, which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced. During December – February, weather is somewhat cool in Oxnard. The average high during this season is between 70.3°F and 63.6°F. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.
Oxnard is located about 75 minutes north west of Los Angeles Airport (LAX), 50 minutes west from Burbank Airport (BUR), and 60 minutes south of Santa Barbara Airport (SBA).
Driving from L.A. to Oxnard, you can travel north along Highway 1 (along the coast) or take Highway 101. To drive north along the coast, take the Santa Monica Freeway (I10) west to Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) then take PCH north. The drive takes about an hour (depending on traffic). To take freeways all the way from LAX, take the 405 north; exit the 405 onto the 101 north and continue to Oxnard. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
Save on gas and ride Amtrak to Oxnard. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner makes several stops daily at the Oxnard Transportation Center (201 E. Fourth Street) in Downtown Oxnard. this station is the only one in Ventura County with on-duty personnel 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-USA Rail or visit www.Amtrak.com.
Gold coast Transit operates 21 local bus routes throughout western Ventura County. You will find schedules and route maps on the website, or you can pick up a schedule at any Ventura County library and many area businesses. Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority provides service to cities along Highway 101.
Things Not to Miss
Silver Strand Beach is by far the most popular beach to visit in Oxnard. Located at the end of South Victoria Road, Silver Strand Beach offers beach goers world class surf, fishing, kayaking, long walks on white sandy beaches, cool to moderate water temperatures, and a family friendly atmosphere. Silver Strand Beach is a favorite among Oxnard Locals and beach savvy tourists. The Silver Strand beach area also has nearby restaurants, hotels, and local attractions at the Channel Islands Harbor.
Channel Islands Harbor
The sparkling Channel Islands Harbor — gateway to the Channel Islands National Park is a hub for boating, sport fishing, kayaking and whale-watching excursions. The harbor is also home to the Ventura County Maritime Museum, fresh seafood restaurants, a Sunday Farmers Markets, tall ship visits and year-round events.
Mandalay State Beach is a protected area of beach, dunes, and wetlands between a power generation plant and the Oxnard Shores neighborhood of Oxnard, CA. This is a popular place for birding. Some of the beach is fenced off to protect nesting areas of the Least Tern and Snowy Plover.
Oxnard Beach Park
Oxnard Beach Park is a family friendly beach located in-between the Oxnard Shores neighborhood and the Embassy Suites Resort. This gorgeous stretch of beach features rolling lawns, free public barbecue areas, volleyball courts, kids play area, skating and jogging paths. This white sandy beach has spectacular views of the Channel Island National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Most of all this gorgeous beach is perfect for sunbathing, kayaking, fishing, body boarding and surfing. The rolling lawns of Oxnard Beach Park make it a perfect place for flying a kite or picnicking. The large children’s playground features a pirate ship jungle gym, with plenty of room for everyone.
Things to Do
Wheel Fun Rentals
With three convenient Oxnard locations to choose from, Wheel Fun Rentals features the largest selection of specialty cycles, bicycles, and more – guaranteed fun for the whole family! Our unique products make sure there’s something for everyone, regardless of age or skill level! The possibilities for fun are almost endless. Pile six adults and two small children in a family-friendly Surrey, explore on an iconic beach cruiser or comfortable tandem bike, or roam along the shore in a low-to-ground recumbent Chopper, Quad Sport, or Deuce Coupe. For those who are a bit more adventurous, try a self guided bicycle tour around the Channel Islands Harbor, North Bay and local beaches! For more information call 805-650-7770, or visit them on the web at Wheel Fun Rentals.
Oxnard Wine Tours
Looking for a new wine tasting adventure? When you think about award winning wineries, Oxnard might not have been the first city on your mind… but it should be! You might be surprised to learn that Oxnard is home to FOUR distinctive wineries and tasting rooms. Situated on the coast between LA and Santa Barbara, Oxnard is a fun wine weekend getaway. For more information visit Strey Cellars, Herzog Wine Cellars, Magnavino Cellars, and Rancho Ventavo Cellars.
Island Packers Whale Watching
Whales migrate south through the Santa Barbara Channel along Oxnard’s shores in the winter. Take a 3-hour tour departing from the Channel Islands Harbor, where you can watch for the magnificent gray whales along with a wide variety of other mammals. Because these waters are known for their diversity, viewers often see gray whales, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, several species of dolphins along with an occasional orca whale pod. Whales’ habits are extremely interesting, and even though they are relatively well studied, some of their behavior is still a little mysterious. For more information call 805-642-1393, or visit them on the web at Island Packers Whale Watching.
Scarlett Belle Riverboat Paddlewheeler
Welcome Aboard! Experience a wonderful dinner and enjoy southern California’s beach coastline aboard a yacht cruising in Channel Islands Harbor. The Scarlett Belle a Riverboat Paddlewheeler is perfect for any company event or retreat. All-inclusive with food, bar and entertainment customized for your private charter for any theme. Entertain clients and coworkers with a fun casino night. Accommodates up to 150 guests. For more information call 805-204-0977, or visit them on the web at Scarlett Belle.
Sail Channel Islands
The best sailboat rental value in Southern California. Reserve a captained charter on Wiley for $150/hour. Or take an all-day trip to Channel Islands National Park – including lunch – for $950. Wiley can accommodate up to four passengers, and even though you’ve got a captain, you’re welcome to take the helm as much as you like. For more information call 805-750-7828, or visit them on the web at Sail Channel Islands.
Best Rated Restaurants
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Anaba is a popular venue specializing in sushi and other Japanese delights. Open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, this place is packed on any given day. It is easy to understand why as the menu is brimming with a variety of delicious options, all colorful and beautifully plated. Some favorite dishes among customers include the salmon lover roll, Hawaiian volcano roll and crunchy tiger hidden dragon roll. Other good pics include the Alaska roll, and asparagus in a kimono, to name but a few. For more information call 805-382-1230, or visit them on the web at Anaba.
$$ Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina
The festive interior, which is often enhanced by a live Mariachi band, complements the zesty fare perfectly. This is a place the entire family will enjoy. With something for everyone, the menu has a host of options. The choices range from appetizers to seafood dishes to house specialties and more. Meanwhile the drinks menu features refreshing margaritas and more. Food highlights include the chile verde, which is tender pork in a flavorful in tomatillo sauce or the pechuga de pollo adobada a la parilla,. Other good picks include the chicken breast marinated in roasted guajillo chile; and the whole fried red snapper. For more information call 805-487-6933, or visit them on the web at Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina.
$$ – $$$ Dominick’s Italian Restaurant
A family-owned and operated restaurant since 1949, Dominick’s delights the taste buds of diners with its amazing array of Italian delicacies. This place offers everything from comforting pasta dishes to entrées to customizable New York-style pizza. The menu is sure to have something to satisfy anyone’s hunger, whether they’re meat lovers or vegetarians. Must-try dishes include the classic lasagna with meat or the vegetarian version loaded with fresh vegetables. Another good option is the build-your-own pizza with a variety of toppings, such as meatballs, BBQ sauce, bell peppers, and zucchini to name but a few. Open every day, Dominick’s also offers a selection of wine and cocktails to complement the meals. For more information call 805-483-7933, or visit them on the web at Dominick’s Italian Restaurant.
$$$$ Tierra Sur
Located inside the Herzog Wine Cellars, Tierra Sur is one of the best restaurants in South California. It featured the highest ZAGAT rating in 2014 within Ventura County. This fine-dining gem’s new American cuisine is made with nothing but the best seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors. This guarantees delicious fresh fare. Within a beautiful setting, discerning diners can savor dishes such as the handmade linguini with puttanesca sauce, seared fennel-crusted tuna, and a fried egg. Or, try the oven-roasted chicken leg stuffed with garlic black rice, mixed squash salad, and pomegranate-molasses glaze. To complement the meal, wine and beer are available. For more information call 805-983-1560, or visit them on the web at Tierra Sur.
$$ – $$$ Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine
If you’re looking to delight your palate with the incredible flavors of Brazil, then be sure to give Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine a try. Specializing in Capixaba fare from the southeast state of Espirito Santo in Brazil, the place is named after the famous dish from the area — moqueca. This dish is seafood and vegetables cooked in clay pot. Within a warm, inviting interior space, this venue allows guests to savor a variety of moquecas. They are made from fish or seafood along with one vegetarian option. The menu also features meaty dishes. These include the picanha grelhada, or Brazilian steak with rice, black beans, and fried yucca. Also be sure to try the caipirinha — the national drink of Brazil — made in a variety of flavors. For more information call 805-981-7979, or visit them on the web at Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine.
The famous Beachcomber Tavern has been a staple of daily life for sailors, surfers, and sunbathers in the Silver Strand neighborhood since 1938. For more information call 805-832-4223, or visit them on the web at Beachcomber Tavern.
The Thirsty Ox
This is a neighborhood bar loved by locals and visitors alike. Theyhave pool, karaoke, live music and more. for more information call 805-307-4142, or visit them on the web at The Thirsty Ox.
Borrowing from European motorcycle culture for much of its aesthetic, as well as possessing the atmosphere of a traditional tapas bar, visitors will become immediately aware that they are in for something new when they come to GASOLINA. Offering a carefully picked local and Spanish selection of wine and beer. for more information call 805-225-7210, or visit them on the web at Gasolina.
Nice dive bar on the beach with super cheap drinks. The people there are friendly and fun to hang out with. Very friendly people and fun atmosphere. Great sunsets, sea breezes, volleyball, and the best cocktails right on the beach. For more information call 805-985-6096, or visit them on the web at Rudder Room.
The Q Club Oxnard is a full-service billiards, bar-and-grill, sports lounge, that has been a staple in Oxnard and the Ventura County area for many, many years. A friendly place where ALL are welcome to catch their favorite games, fights, or any other sporting event on TV, and have a drink, play a little bit of billiards. You have to visit and experience it for yourself! For more information call 805-278-1231, or visit them on the web at Q Club.
Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach – Hotel & Resort
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. On the coast of the Pacific Ocean, 5 miles from downtown Oxnard, California, this all-suite resort features a restaurant, bar and beach access. It has spacious suites with 2 full bathrooms. A state-of-the-art gym and on-site tennis court are available for recreation. A cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning and Coastal Grill Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. There is a full bar menu in the evenings. All 2-room suites include a living room with sofa bed, 2 bathrooms and a dining area with a microwave and refrigerator. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach – Hotel & Resort.
Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor
This property is a 8-minute walk from the beach. This Oxnard hotel has an outdoor pool and tennis courts. Breakfast is offered daily to guests of The Hampton Inn, overlooking the Channel Islands Harbor. All rooms in the hotel have a free cable TV, a work desk and ironing facilities. There is a coffee maker in every room, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Breakfast is available to enjoy in the hotel or to take away. Along with the pool, the Channel Islands Hampton Inn has a fitness room and a business center for guest use. The hotel is about a mile from several Channel Islands Harbor cruise and whale watching excursions and within 2 miles of Pacific Ocean beaches. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor.
Homewood Suites by Hilton – Oxnard/Camarillo
Located off Route 101 in Oxnard, California, this hotel is 8 miles from Port Huenene Beach Park. It features an on-site gym, basketball courts, and suites with 2 flat-screen TVs. The modern suites at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Oxnard/Camarillo include a sitting area with a sofa bed and work desk. They have cable TV and a clock radio with MP3 compatibility. The kitchenette is complete with a full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, and 2-burner stovetop. This hotel has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. A 24-hour business center is in the lobby and a hot continental breakfast is served every morning. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Homewood Suites by Hilton.
Hilton Garden Inn – Oxnard/Camarillo
Located off Highway 101, this Oxnard, California hotel is 10.6 miles from Ventura Harbor. It features an outdoor pool with hot tub, a 24 hour business center and guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. Hilton Garden Inn Oxnard/Camarillo provides each room with a flat-screen cable TV with HBO. They are furnished with a microwave, refrigerator and coffee making amenities. Every room is decorated with wood furniture. Guests have access to the on-site gym and 24 hour convenience store at the hotel. Oxnard Hilton Garden Inn Camarillo also offers 2,020 square feet of meeting space. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hilton Garden Inn.
Residence Inn by Marriott – Oxnard River Ridge
This property is a 7-minute walk from the beach. Residence Inn features self-contained accommodations 3 miles from downtown Oxnard and a 10-minute drive from the Pacific Ocean shores. It showcases a nearby golf course, a tennis court and a pool. Spacious rooms at Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge include a full kitchen, a sitting area with couch and a work desk. Each room also provides free internet connection. Guests at Residence Inn can enjoy a full breakfast buffet each morning and enjoying the spectacular view of the Rive Ridge Golf Course. Silver Strand Beach and Hollywood Beach are renowned for their sand and are both within 5 miles of the Residence Inn River Ridge hotel. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Residence Inn by Marriott.