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 🙂

Weather (When to Visit)

Average temperatures in Port Hueneme vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The busiest month for tourism in Port Hueneme 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 Port Hueneme in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

During June – August you will have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable.  These months see no precipitation. This is the busiest season for tourism in Port Hueneme, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.  During September – November, the daily highs range from 75.4°F (24.1°C) and 68.3°F (20.2°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 1 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.  The weather will be somewhat cool during December – February.  The average high during this season is between 70.3°F and 63.6°F. On average, it rains a small amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

Things Not to Miss

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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.

Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Port Hueneme Californation, Port Hueneme Travel Guide, Port Hueneme Travel, Port Hueneme beaches, things to do in Port Hueneme, best restaurants in Port HuenemeChannel Islands Maritime Museum

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.

Things to Do

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Cal Boat Diving aims to ease you from your seat by the computer to a rocky reef beneath the kelp forests of the Northern Channel Islands. They are a specialized company devoted to getting you scuba diving under the waters of Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands. They take you to the best dive sites available, deliver rental gear to the boat, and make this one of the most memorable dives of your life. For more information call 805-486-1166, or visit them on the web at Calboat Diving.

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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.

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Island Packers visits all five of the islands that make up the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. View our Island Trips for details on day trips,  camping, island activities and special trips.  For more information call 805-642-1393, or visit them on the web at Island Packers.

 

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Southern California Whale Watching at its finest.  Welcome to Channel Islands Whale Watching website, the gateway to the beautiful world famous Channel Islands, located in Oxnard, California. We offer whale watching excursions during the annual Gray Whale Migration. For more information call 805-382-2900, or visit them on the web at Channel Islands Whale Watching.

Best Rated Restaurants

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$$  Ragin’ Pot

Asian style fondue… First Hot Pot restaurant in Ventura County. Great fresh food with a whole new dining experience. Family friendly atmosphere with a menu that everyone will enjoy!   For more information call 805-366-6027, or visit them on the web at Ragin’ Pot.

$  Pho Saigon

The best piping hot bowls of Pho can be found at Port Hueneme’s Pho Saigon. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won’t cost you a sitter.  Eat your way through the day at Pho Saigon — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here. So pick up a delicious bowl of pho from Pho Saigon, where there’s amazing flavor in every slurp.  For information call 805-240-9334, or visit them on the web at Pho Saigon.

$$$  Cocovin Restaurant & Bar

Cocovin is a restaurant specializing in the cuisine of fusion Mediterranean-French. We have a staff of chefs with vast experience and exquisite taste in the preparation of our culinary delights. For more information call 805-985-5614, or visit them on the web at Cocovin Restaurant & Bar.

$$  Carnitas El Brother

arnitas El Brother is a family owned and operated restaurant where the food is prepared with the same care and attention as we were taught, using our family’s heritage recipes handed down from generations past.  For more information call 805-228-0912, or visit them on the web at Carnitas El Brother.

$  Poke Ramen

Poke Ramen has exciting Asian fusion cuisine and vibrant flavors that will keep your mouth delighted and your stomach satisfied!  For more information call 805-246-5541, or visit them on the web at Poke Ramen.

Best Nightlife

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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.  For more information call 805-832-4223, or visit them on the web at Beachcomber Bar.

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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).  For more information call 805-487-3720, or visit them on the web at Sea Rounder.

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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.  For more information call 805-985-6096, or visit them on the web at Rudder Room.

Best Hotels

Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor

Located along California’s gold coast and overlooking the Channel Islands Harbor marina, this hotel is situated in an ideal neighborhood with relaxing sunsets and adventurous activities. From whale watching to outlet shopping, you are in the middle of it all. Indulge in delicious local strawberries grown year-round, take in the natural wonders of Hollywood Beach, or enjoy the incredible designer discounts at the Camarillo Premium Outlets, just a 15-minute drive away. Plus, this hotel is ideally situated only one mile away from the prestigious Naval Base Ventura County facility.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor.

Channel Island Shores

Experience Southern California at its best. Channel Island Shores, your coastal home away from home, is steps from a pristine beach and just a short drive from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Relax in your spacious accommodations or fire up the barbecue after kayaking the local harbor and building sand castles by the sea.  Your comfy condo is the perfect place to relax after a full beach day.  Stroll barefoot through the thick green grass to your front door, which opens into a spacious home with a kitchen and plenty of living space. Some suites even come with private hot tubs on the patio!  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Channel Island Shores.

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 Oxnard/Camarillo.

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.  Free access to the outdoor pool, hot tub and business center is provided to all guests of the Mandalay Beach Embassy Suites. 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.
A flat-screen TV is featured in each room at Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach. 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.

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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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