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Oxnard
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in Oxnard

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs12,871 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

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

3.8/5Good! (978 reviews)

"Loved everything about the property. Needed some time to decompress and we chose the perfect place. Loved our balcont overlooking the ocean. We would go back again and again."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort
Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor/Oxnard
Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor/Oxnard
2.5 out of 5
3231 Peninsula Rd, Oxnard, CA
The price is Rs8,065 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr

Located in Hollywood, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Oxnard State Beach and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Channel Islands Harbor. Channel Islands Maritime Museum and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)

"I think paid parking should go away. Prices are high to stay in the hotel and parking should be free."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor/Oxnard
Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
3 out of 5
600 East Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs9,856 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in Rio Lindo, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Advantage Hospitalists, St. John's Regional Medical Center and Carnegie Art Museum. Murphy Auto ...

4.2/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"My only complaint was the light in the bathroom kept going out and the TVs are too small"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura
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Top Holiday Rentals in Oxnard

Channel Island Shores
Channel Island Shores
3 out of 5
1311 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA
The price is Rs10,260 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in Oxnard Shores, this beach condo is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Mandalay Beach and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Channel Islands Harbor. Oxnard State Beach and Mandalay ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (289 reviews)

"I love love this place definetly will stay again i love how you have your own private jacuzzi but i didnt like you how you get no reception at all not even some places in your condo no you have to go out side to the street to get any type of signal that was really frusterating to me but other then ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Channel Island Shores
1551 Mandalay Beach Road Home
1551 Mandalay Beach Road Home
4 out of 5
1551 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, CA

Located in Oxnard Shores, this golf cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Oxnard State Beach and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Channel Islands Harbor. Mandalay Beach and Mandalay ...

1551 Mandalay Beach Road Home
Villa Maya
Villa Maya
3.5 out of 5
2133 Ocean Drive, Oxnard, CA

Located in Silver Strand, this cottage is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Silver Strand Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Channel Islands Harbor. Kiddie Beach and Oxnard State ...

Villa Maya
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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