Port Hueneme Travel Guide

Port Hueneme is a coastal city in Ventura County between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties. Port Hueneme overlooks the beautiful Channel Islands National Park, and the city includes a nice pier and green park at the beach that tourists can visit, stroll and enjoy. When walking along the beach near the pier, you will see the Hueneme Beach Sundial.

Next to the park is an entertainment venue featuring concerts, plays and events throughout the year. One special event focused on the city’s asset–its beach, is the annual celebration, Hueneme Beach Festival. It is usually held one weekend in August and includes a Sandcastle Contest, games, music, food vendor booths, and fun.

Home to the US Navy facilities in support of the naval air station at Point Mugu to the south and San Nicolas Island 60 miles offshore, Port Hueneme boasts the Construction Battalion, the Seabees, and one of 15 U.S. Navy museums, Seabee Museum.  Visit the beautiful beaches of Port Hueneme and Central California here.  Keep reading our Port Hueneme Travel guide 🙂

Port Hueneme Weather – When to Visit

The best time to visit Port Hueneme 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.

Port Hueneme Attractions

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Hueneme Beach Park is the pride of Port Hueneme. This 50-acre park offers: numerous picnic tables and BBQ pits, walking paths, the Alaska Air Flight 261 memorial sundial, a 24-hour fishing pier, sand volleyball courts, Surfside Seafood Snack Bar, and lifeguard protection.

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Point Mugu Missile Park is primarily an interesting display of various aircraft and missiles that have been tested at the Naval Base since World War II.  There is quite a wide array missiles on display at the park, including an AMRAAM missile, Regulus submarine-launched missile, Sidewinder missile, the Loon missile (an American copy of the German V-1), the BQM-34S “Firebee” Aerial Target, the Polaris ballistic missile, Petrel torpedo, Harpoon missile, Phoenix air-to-air missile, Bullpup air-to-surface missile and others.

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Explore five centuries of art that sails at the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor. The Museum’s collection is a treasure trove of maritime paintings, ship models, and artifacts that rival some of the finest European and U.S. collections.

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The Channel Islands Harbor is a working harbor that offers fun-filled water activities for the whole family. The Harbor features several beach-lined parks and coastline for picnics and surfing, as well as nearby biking and walking paths. While at the Harbor, visit our many shops and dine at one of several restaurants with menus ranging from deli sandwiches to Brazilian cuisine.  It also affords you views of spectacular natural beauty to enjoy watching sea birds, sea lions, and boating activities.

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The Port Hueneme Lighthouse is open every third Saturday monthly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, but you must arrive before 2:30 p.m. to make it for the finally tour. There is no fee for admission. All kids under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent or guardian. The walk to the lighthouse is about a half-mile long on a flat paved surface. Park near the intersection of Market Street and Surfside Drive and walk west on the lighthouse promenade next to the ocean.

Port Hueneme Area Tours & Activities

Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

The California coastline is dramatic, iconic and rugged, but also difficult to enjoy when you’re trapped behind the wheel of a car rental. So take this day trip to Carmel and Monterey, and enjoy the cliffside and ocean views from the window seat of your coach.  Read more about Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel

Muir Woods Tour of California Coastal Redwoods

Explore the famous groves of the Northern California redwoods on this tour of Muir Woods. Departing from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a local guide will drive you over the scenic Golden Gate Bridge and into the moist air of Muir Woods National Monument. Crane your neck to admire these 1000-year-old trees standing 260 feet tall. Afterward, enjoy a drive through the charming town of Sausalito before heading back to the city.  Read more about Muir Woods Tour of California Coastal Redwoods 

Stand-Up Paddleboard Adventure Lesson

Explore the California coast from a different perspective, on this fun-filled paddleboard tour. Escape the bustling city of San Diego, and travel up the coast to Carlsbad. Your local, certified guide will provide a short lesson on land before you get ready to take to the water. Look out for local wildlife including pelicans, jumping mullets, sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays and more.  Read more about Stand-Up Paddleboard Adventure Lesson 

Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

Ride the waves near Santa Barbara like a pro during this introductory surfing lesson. Get the hang of surfing fundamentals like paddling, ‘reading’ waves, catching waves, and standing up as you learn on the world-famous surfing beaches of Southern California. Your knowledgeable instructors, with more than 25 years of experience combined, will teach you all the skills you need.  Read more about Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

Refugio State Beach Kayak Tour

Paddle off for some adventure and wildlife spotting during this kayaking trip along the shores of Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara. Float along the Gaviota Coast, one of the last undeveloped, open sections of the California shore, stopping to look at underwater kelp beds and search for dolphins. You’ll cap it all off with lunch on a secluded beach plus swimming and kayaking games. A guide, lunch and all gear is included.  Read more about Refugio State Beach Kayak Tour 

Best Port Hueneme Restaurants

Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine  $11 -30

Delicious Brazilian seafood specialties served in a clay pot.  Absolutely delightful clay pots of seafood with tantalizing sauces.  Service is friendly and the location overlooks the Channel Islands Harbor.  Telephone:  805-204-0970  Web:  Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine

Toppers Pizza  $11 – 30

Toppers Pizza Place has been winner of Best Pizza Category for both East and West Ventura County Every Year this Century! If you’re in Ventura County or Santa Clarita Valley, they will give you a great pizza experience. Telephone:  805-385-4444  Web:  Toppers Pizza

Anaba Sushi  $11 – 30

Love this place! Fish is super fresh and the sushi chefs know their stuff. Try  the Chiriashi bowl, its wonderful. Big menu and the service is friendly. Telephone:  805-382-1230  Web:  Anaba Sushi

Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina $11 – 30

All their dishes are delicious and very generous.Do not miss in their guacamole with hand made tortillas.  The staff is super friendly. Very efficient. The coffee is really good too… have yours with a slice of the decadent chocolate cake.  Telephone:  805-228-0912  Web:  Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina

Yolanda’s Mexican Cafe

Yolanda’s Mexican Café is your fun, festive, casual neighborhood Mexican restauran. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere and authentic Mexican food. Experience a taste of tradition and enjoy from a wide selection of Yolanda’s award winning margaritas! Telephone:  805-985-1340  Web:  Yolanda’s Mexican Cafe

Best Port Hueneme Nightlife

Beachcomber Tavern

This place is warm, friendly, inviting, with great drink selections from beer to wine.  Also great for watching sports.  There are cute things to find all over the bar…you’ll have to find out.  Telephone:  805-832-4223  Web:  Beachcomber Bar.

Sea Rounder

It’s dark and cozy… and perfect if you’re on a date! The cocktails are well crafted and delicious… AND they let you bring in the famous French dip sandwiches from Coops (the front establishment).  Telephone:  805-487-3720  Web:  Sea Rounder.

1901 Speakeasy

Offering in house-made craft infused cocktails, great local draft beers, fine wines, full food menu, along with house barrel aged whiskey plus much more. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday nights, with some of the finest musicians.Telephone:  805-486-6878  Web:  1901 Speakeasy

Rick’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge

Rick’s is exactly what you’d expect in a lounge/restaurant.  Food is good and so is the service for both pick up and dine in.  AND, they have free live entertainment on some weekends.  Don’t expect the best food in town, but drop in and not regret your experience.  Telephone:  805-389-9919  Web:  Rick’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge

Rudder Room

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.  Telephone:  805-985-6096  Web:  Rudder Room.

Best Port Hueneme Hotels

Homewood Suites by Hilton Oxnard/Camarillo


Homewood Suites is the premier Extended Stay Hotel in Ventura County. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure, you will find our location central to the Oxnard business district and surrounding local attractions such as Six Flags Magic Mountain, Hollywood, fine local wineries, the Camarillo Premium Outlets and the finest white sand beaches along the strawberry coast. Finally a Hotel that’s like home!

Hampton Inn Channels Islands Harbor


Established in 2007. The Hampton Inn by Hilton Channel Islands Harbor has progressively evolved with this well-received Hospitality Brand. “Hamptonality” is our motto and 100% Happiness is our Guarantee. “Not a Pet Friendly Hotel” “Service Animals Accepted : Documentation Required”

Hilton Garden Inn, Oxnard/Camarillo


Experience complimentary services at this convenient Oxnard hotel including a 24-hour Business Center, fitness center, and swimming pool. Dine in our wonderful Garden Grille and Bar for both breakfast and/or dinner. For meetings and events, the hotel offers over 7,000 sq. ft. of function space. Check out our hall, the Adagio Bella Gardens for up to a 250 guest event. Stay connected throughout your stay with complimentary WiFi.

Residence Inn by Marriott Oxnard River Ridge


Ideal for business and leisure guests alike, you’ll enjoy spacious suites featuring full kitchens and complimentary wireless internet.Our property features 252 well appointed suites including 60 two bedroom suites plus three heated pools, three jetted spas, tennis courts plus sports court. Enjoy golf at the adjacent River Ridge Golf Course! Fuel up at our complimentary full breakfast buffet daily. Unwind in the evening at our Manager’s reception Monday thru Wednesday featuring complimentary beer and wine.

Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard/Ventura


This Oxnard, CA hotel’s 166 spacious guest rooms and suites feature complimentary wireless Internet, 32” flat-screen HD TVs and room service. The hotel’s guests have complimentary access to the on-site fitness center, 24-hour self-service business center and outdoor swimming pool & whirlpool. Their Plaza Grill Restaurant offers a full American breakfast buffet.


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28 Comments

  1. Will

    Thank you so much for sharing! I go to the west coast all the time for work but actually have never heard of this area. I will definitely make a point to check out some of your recommendations next time I’m in town!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Will! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  2. Peter

    This is definitely one of those best kept secrets. I am planning on visiting california in the near future. How much time would it take me to get there from L.A. and what do you suggest as transportation? Thanks for sharing this one.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is not far from Los Angeles. I would rent a car if you can, that way you can stop along the way and see all there is to see, not just in Port Hueneme, but along the coast 🙂 Please let me know if you have any questions!

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  3. Wisdomer

    Hi
    What i have to say is that you have completely blended it well by providing with rich information’s & visuals .It is a well informative site described well and is unique which will the keep the visitors engaged and will lead to traffic. You have mentioned everything about hotels, things to do, helpline number which a visitor will find useful.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  4. Aaron

    Hey Leahrae, I really enjoyed reading your Port Hueneme Travel Guide. It looks freaking awesome out there. I’m planning at the moment my summer vacation with my girlfriend and we can’t decide where to go, but Port Hueneme really looks like it could be the spot to go. Plus I love museums and the Point Mugu Missile Park looks super interesting to me.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The missile park is interesting, plus it is a cool coastal community with great beaches.  What is not to love?  Thanks for reading!

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  5. Abbee

    Thanks for posting this extremely helpful overview of Port Hueneme! It looks like an ideal vacation spot, with opportunities for all kinds of fun, adventures and relaxation. It seems like whale-watching might be possible in the summer months here; is that true?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is and whale watching is awesome. I have seen them in Mexico and on the other end in Alaska. I love watching the whales 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  6. Bea

    Hi, I am so glad I found your blog. It is packed with lots of information! I have never heard of Port Hueneme and I always try to look up new places to visit so thanks for writing this post. Port Hueneme, sure sounds like a fun place to be especially beteen June and August. I will definitely return to your site anytime I need to plan my travels.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds great! I add information weekly, so just keep coming back 🙂

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  7. Steve

    This looks like an awesome place to visit. I’ve visited plenty of tourist filled areas though. I guess the winter time is going to be the best time for me to visit.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It will definitely be cooler in the winter 🙂 And it is an awesome place to visit. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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  8. Gregory Neal

    This place looks marvelous! I will have to take my wife there for an anniversary one year. So much to do at every stage of the day. Thanks for the read!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Gregory! Yes, great vacation destination and if your wife loves beaches, then perfect! Thanks fore visiting beachtraveldestinations.com

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  9. Raymond Rodriguez

    Wow this is a great post! Port Hueneme looks so appealing apealling and im glad to have read this post. Bookmarked and ready to plan! Thanks. And have a great day.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for visiting Raymond. Yes, great little coastal community with so much to offer. Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  10. BrandonW4

    Hey, this is great.

    You always provide great information on traveling.
    This sounds like a very interesting place to visit if you ask me, and anyone wanting to visit, should save this as a bookmark!!

    Thank you for the travel guide!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Brandon, and that you find the information interesting and helpful 🙂 Please come back again!

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  11. ileana

    WOW! im speachless, it looks lie a little piece of paradise. I’m hoping to visit the states this year, so i’ll definitely add this lovely place to my list. Do you know any nice hostels around Port Hueneme? For people who are on a budget.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know I don’t know of any hostels. You will have to go a little up the road to Santa Barbara for a youth hostel. This one is the best in the area. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you for visiting.

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  12. shirley

    This sounds like a very nice place to visit. I love the ocean and beaches and it sounds like there are plenty of things to do, museums to visit and nice places to dine and stay. Hopefully, I may get to see Port Hueneme one day. Your article certainly makes me want to. -Shirley

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is definitely worth a visit Shirley! If you love beaches and quaint little coastal communities, then you will love Port Hueneme. Thanks for reading!

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  13. Jeff

    This looks like a sweet travel destination. I would love to visit southern California. Are there any beaches there that you could recommend for someone that would like to learn to surf? Nothing crazy, kind of like the bunny hill for someone that is just learning. Thanks, I look forward to reading your reply.
    Cheers,
    Jeff

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jeff, I would head to Mondos Beach. Mondos is a small, right point break located between Carpinteria and Ventura. It is a very soft wave, which is great for beginners. You could definitely give surfing a try here. Thanks for visiting!

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  14. Curtis Henderson

    Great post and very accurate. I have been to Hueneme many times, both when I was in the Navy and afterwards as a Navy contractor. It is a really nice place and the beaches are awesome. I love the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach. It is really nice and the whole area is very pretty. It can get cool up there in the evening so bring a sweater.
    Thanks again for the information.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it can get chilly! For us warm blooded folks, I always have something to cover up with! And yes, great beaches and wonderful coastal community. Thanks for visiting my Port Hueneme Travel Guide.

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