Oxnard, CA

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Ventura - Oxnard showing signage and outdoor art
With miles of beautiful coastline, beaches perfect for sunbathing or surfing and a bustling downtown, this city in southern California is a sunny paradise.

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.

Where to stay in Oxnard

Hilton Garden Inn Oxnard/Camarillo
Hilton Garden Inn Oxnard/Camarillo
3 out of 5
2000 Solar Dr, Oxnard, CA, 93036
The price is $144 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$144
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Oxnard. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,018 reviews)
"My room was directly adjacent to the elevator which made it hard to sleep"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Hilton Garden Inn Oxnard/Camarillo
Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton
Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
2101 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA, 93035
The price is $203 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
$203
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Oxnard. Enjoy a beach locale, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (15 reviews)
"Beautiful ocean view"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton
Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
3 out of 5
600 East Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, CA, 93036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $157 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$157
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Oxnard. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Good customer service."

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Channel Island Shores
Channel Island Shores
3 out of 5
1311 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA, 93035
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Oxnard. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a library. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (438 reviews)
"Loved our stay. The beds are great and comfortable, lots of room to relax and enjoy. The couch and throw pillows could use a deep clean. Amenities were great"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Channel Island Shores
Mandalay Shores Resort
Mandalay Shores Resort
3.5 out of 5
5226 Neptune Square, Oxnard, CA, 93035
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Oxnard. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and free bicycles on site. Popular attractions Oxnard State Beach and Mandalay Beach are ...
4/5 Very Good! (27 reviews)
"Nice, safe, quiet location. Ocean view, just steps to the beach. For this price point, don't expect the latest and greatest decorations and newest property. It's solidly 1990 vintage. But almost everything is clean, comfortable, in working condition. The one thing that has to go is the bathtub. Originally ..."

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2022

Mandalay Shores Resort
Little home on wheels! RV with free parking on premises
Little home on wheels! RV with free parking on premises
Oxnard, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Oxnard. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions California Welcome Center and Carnegie Art Museum are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great property and great communication with host
"This listing was absolutely more than we expected. It's was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. Quiet and clean neighborhood. Host communicated properly and within a timely manner. Would recommend staying and can't wait to come back."

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2022

Little home on wheels! RV with free parking on premises
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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