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
Hueneme Beach Park
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.
Point Mugu Missile Park
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
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.
Channel Islands Harbor
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.
Port Hueneme Lighthouse
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
Calboat Diving – Spectre Dive Boat
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.
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.
Island Packers Cruises
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.
Channel Islands Whale Watching
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.