OxnardUnited States of America

4.2/5Top Destination

Explore Oxnard: its football, beaches, festivals, and more!

Oxnard is an idyllic spot on California’s southern coast. It is the largest city in Ventura County, but its laidback spirit makes it feel more like a large beach town.

Spend the day enjoying the sun along Oxnard’s 20 miles (32 kilometers) of scenic coastline. The city has nearly a dozen beaches. Fly a kite over the rolling green lawns of Oxnard Beach Park or barbecue in the picnic area. Hollywood Beach is known for its silver screen connections; it was a film location and the home of Clark Gable. Enjoy prime surfing conditions on the famous waves of Silver Strand Beach.

Oxnard is known as the “Gateway to the Channel Islands.” From Oxnard’s harbor, hop on a boat or ferry and reach the Channel Islands National Park in less than 90 minutes. Then rent a kayak for the afternoon or explore the park’s five islands by foot.

The harbor is also the starting point for popular whale-watching tours, best from December through April. Twenty-eight species of dolphins and whales frequent the Ventura County coastline. The annual gray whale migration is a rare and wondrous sight.

Heritage Square is a unique feature of Oxnard’s downtown. To preserve history in the face of expanding city development, historical buildings were reproduced or moved from their original locations and relocated to Heritage Square. Visit the square to attend one of the outdoor summer concerts ranging from reggae to rock ‘n’ roll.

Oxnard’s museums offer attractions for all ages and interests. Enjoy the rotating exhibits at Carnegie Art Museum. Explore fascinating ship models, including one made of bone by French prisoners of war during the 18th century, at the Ventura County Maritime Museum. From its ocean touch-tank to a mock farmers market, Gull Wings Children’s Museum offers numerous hands-on experiences.

Whether you are dining and shopping downtown or exploring the breathtaking coastline, Oxnard is an enchanting destination. Enjoy the warm weather and sun that shines on the city year-round.

Known for

Beaches, Ports and Football

Where to stay in Oxnard

Oxnard Shores
Must see!!
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Oxnard Shores

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Though Oxnard Shores might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay County Park.

Five Points Northeast
#BeachBound #beach #sand #minimal #minimalism #minimalist #sand #color #colorful #house Gorgeous colorful houses and beach - perfect minimalism
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Five Points Northeast

3.5/5(18 reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Five Points Northeast and surrounding area, you can visit Channel Islands Harbor and Silver Strand Beach.

Top Hotels in Oxnard

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort
Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort
3.5 out of 5
2101 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA
$163
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Nestled on the beach, this Oxnard Shores hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Channel Islands Harbor and Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Silver Strand Beach and McGrath ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,763 reviews)

"Beautiful property and really nice comfortable rooms"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort
Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
3 out of 5
600 Esplanade Dr, Oxnard, CA
$101
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Rio Lindo, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Carnegie Art Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Murphy Auto Museum and Mullin Automotive Museum. Chandler ...

4.2/5Excellent! (844 reviews)

"The room was clean and comfortable. Could have used more dresser drawers. Two drawers was not much for two people. Maybe a fridge that held more. We didn’t want turn down service so we called and asked for more sheets and towels. We waited an hour or Soto get in the shower thinking service was on ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
Vagabond Inn Oxnard
Vagabond Inn Oxnard
2 out of 5
1245 N Oxnard Blvd, Oxnard, CA
$75
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

Located in Carriage Square, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Carnegie Art Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife ...

3.6/5Good! (345 reviews)

"The Vagabond Inn was very clean and the beds were comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Vagabond Inn Oxnard

Popular things to do in Oxnard

Ventura Pier
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Ventura Pier

4.5/5(624 reviews)

Enjoy seafood or tacos at the foot of this pier and wander along its old wooden planks for panoramic views of the Channel Islands.

Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach

4.5/5(331 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Carpinteria State Beach, a popular beach in Carpinteria. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Ventura Harbor
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Ventura Harbor

4.5/5(659 reviews)

Appreciate delicious seafood, sandy beaches, whale watching and charming friendliness in this waterfront area with access to Channel Islands National Park.

Reviews of Oxnard

4.2

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 9, 2019

Close enough yet far enough for a weekend getaway! Temperature is always perfect!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

Great place to rest

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

I enjoyed Oxnard. Everything was very close. Loved that the beaches were walking distant from the hotel. Since where I come from our beaches are like 3-4 hours away.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

It has beautiful beaches that most don’t think of coming to but’s one parts of the city needs some work

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 11, 2019

Having been a resident of Port Hueneme years ago Oxnard has progressed in many positive ways with different events and farmers markets and having the harbor and Channel Islands nation park and nice beaches

5/5 - Excellent

Richard&Sandy

Sep 8, 2019

Keep up the great work!