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Harboring Fun in Oxnard, Calif.

In Oxnard, locals like to take time to coast. Take their advice with these four top things to do. 

Silver Strand Beach

Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard, Calif.
Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard, Calif.Seth Page via Flickr

This mile-long stretch of white sand beach is a great place to enjoy southern California’s legendary coast line. Sit back and watch longboard surfers and seasoned surfers riding the waves at The Jetty and surfers who are lefties at La Janelle Jetty. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day. The beach is at the end of South Victoria Road, putting it in close proximity to Channel Islands Harbor. Rent a kayak in the harbor and paddle along the beach toward La Janelle Jetty. 

Dogs aren’t allowed on Silver Strand Beach, so if you’re traveling with your furry friend, head to Oxnard Beach Park instead. It’s gorgeous, as well. 

Channel Islands National Park

View from Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island, part of Channel Islands National Park
View from Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island, part of Channel Islands National ParkMirza Todorovich

Head to Anacapa Island from Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor aboard an Island Packers boat. “These islands are known as the American Galapagos,” says Josh Travers, executive director of Oxnard Convention and Visitors Bureau. Anacapa is the closest island to the mainland, an hour away by boat. Once there, walk 157-plus steps to the top of the island for gorgeous views. A historic lighthouse still operates. Spend the day or camp overnight. 

Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor

Oxnard Harbor
Oxnard HarborCourtesy Ventura County Coast

Explore this working harbor that offers a ton of activities, including beach-lined parks, restaurants and shops. Explore it via a four-wheel surrey that fits six adults and two children. Rent one at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort, Channel Islands Marine Emporium Landing or Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor. In December through April you can go on whale-watching excursions. Boat charters and diving tours are offered year-round. 

After spending the day exploring, stop by Toppers Pizza for build-your-own pies and beautiful views of the harbor from the restaurant’s second-floor dining room.

The Collection at RiverPark

Artistic Water Fountain at Riverpark Collection in Oxnard, Calif.
Artistic Water Fountain at Riverpark Collection in Oxnard, Calif.Joy Holland via Flickr

Still need outdoor gear or clothes for Yosemite National Park? Stop by REI, a part of The Collection, which features nationally known stores like Urban Outfitters and LOFT. Then let loose with laughter at a comedy show playing at Levity Live Comedy Club & Dinner Theater located at The Collection. The Annex, which is part of the development, is an open-air feeling space with craft breweries, local restaurants and boutiques.

For more information:

Discover Oxnard
California Welcome Center, 2786 Seaglass Way

Ventura County Coast

Central Coast Tourism

Tours and Transportation to Channel Islands

Island Packers
(805) 642-1393