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!
Oxnard Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Oxnard is from March to May or from September to November. Temperatures are fairly mild year-round, hovering in the 60s and 70s, but traveling in early spring or fall ensures you won't be fighting crowds and rates will be less expensive. Summer welcomes most of the city's annual events and it's also peak season if you're looking for a beach vacation, but you'll have to contend with more crowds. If you're traveling during the winter months, make sure to pack an umbrella because Santa Barbara sees most of its rainfall between December and February. No matter when you decide to visit, pack layers as the as morning and late evening temperatures tend to be much cooler than the daytime high.
Best Oxnard Beaches
Hueneme Beach Park
Hueneme Beach Park is found just south of the harbor in Point Hueneme, immediately south of Oxnard. This delightful beach is a favorite spot of local residents to relax on summer days. The beach usually offers moderate surf for those who like to swim or play in the waves, but at times the surf can be rough. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months.
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.
Oxnard Area Tours & Activities
Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara
This private Santa Barbara kayaking tour lets you explore the marine life and landmarks of Santa Barbara Harbor and the spectacular coastline on the ‘American Riviera’ along one of four different routes. Take in views of rugged shoreline cliffs and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and be on the lookout for dolphins and seals. This 1.5- to 2.5-hour tour is led by an experienced kayak guide who points out natural features and customizes the speed of the ride according to your skill level. Read more about Santa Barbara Harbor Private Kayak Tour
Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
All Aboard Santa Barbara’s Original & Longest Running Trolley Tour and Charter Services See the American Riviera in 90 minutes or jump off and on ALL DAY! Santa Barbara sightseeing at its finest on the original, fully narrated Santa Barbara Trolley Tour. Read more about Santa Barbara Trolley Tour
Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour
Explore Santa Barbara by electric bike, covering plenty of ground on a morning or afternoon excursion. Ride your easy-to-use beach cruiser to key landmarks such as State Street and the Santa Barbara Mission as your knowledgeable guide shares the city’s history during this Santa Barbara bike tour. Have your camera ready as you glide along the renowned Pacific coastline. Numbers are limited to five people, ensuring personalized attention and a small-group experience. Read more about Santa Barbara Electric Bike History and Sightseeing Tour
Santa Barbara Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch
See and taste the best the Santa Barbara coast has to offer on this leisurely paced wine tour and picnic lunch. You’ll sip on a variety of wines and visit at four local wineries in the area. Knowledgeable local guide will pick you up anywhere in the Santa Barbara area to begin the tour. Feast on a delicious picnic lunch at one of the wineries while enjoying the scenery of the rolling coastal mountains. Read more about Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Tour, Picnic Lunch
Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour
Walk right past the crowds on this food tour in Downtown Santa Barbara. Your guide leads the way as you pop into seven different restaurants and two wine tasting rooms. Savor dishes and drinks locals have made a staple in their everyday lives, and learn about other places to eat and drink during your stay. If you’re a gluten-free eater or a vegetarian, this tour can also easily cater to your needs. Read more about Santa Barbara Downtown Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting
Best Oxnard Restaurants
Anaba $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 805-382-1230 Web: Anaba.
Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 805-487-6933 Web: Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina.
Dominick's Italian Restaurant $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 805-483-7933 Web: Dominick's Italian Restaurant.
Tierra Sur $31 – 60
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. Telephone: 805-983-1560 Web: Tierra Sur.
Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 805-981-7979 Web: Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine.
Best Oxnard Nightlife
The famous Beachcomber Tavern has been a staple of daily life for sailors, surfers, and sunbathers in the Silver Strand neighborhood since 1938. Telephone: 805-832-4223 Web: Beachcomber Tavern.
The Thirsty Ox
This is a neighborhood bar loved by locals and visitors alike. Theyhave pool, karaoke, live music and more. Telephone: 805-307-4142 Web: 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. Telephone: 805-225-7210 Web: 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. Telephone: 805-985-6096 Web: 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! Telephone: 805-278-1231 Web: Q Club.
Best Oxnard Hotels
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.