With one of the most scenic coastlines in the world, the Central Coast is the epitome of what makes California such a sought-after destination to live in and visit. The seaside community of Oxnard is located about halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and has become a playground for travellers of all types. Oxnard also hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the California Strawberry Festival, which occurs in May. Less than a hundred kilometers from LAX and a short train ride or drive to Santa Barbara, it is an area ripe for exploration.
For the Adventurer
Channel Islands Tours
Located just off Oxnard’s coast, Channel Islands National Park is well-suited for the traveller who craves adventure, as the pure beauty of the landscape encourages you to enjoy the great outdoors. It encompasses five undeveloped islands that can be explored by kayak, hiking, camping or deep-sea diving. Island Packers offers daily excursions to and from the islands, as well as whale watching trips. Back on land, bike rentals are available through Wheel Fun Rentals, which is located at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort.
For the Music Lover
Oxnard Salsa Festival
Oxnard celebrates its musical legacy with live music venues and a concert series that occurs each summer, taking place in three locations throughout the city: In Heritage Square, at Peninsula Park and at The Collection at RiverPark. It is also home to the Oxnard Salsa Festival, where attendees celebrate all things salsa – from music to dance to food. At Copper Blues Rock Pub + Kitchen you can sing along to country or classic rock while enjoying creative pub fare. You can also arrange for a private tour of DW Drums, Oxnard’s very own drum factory.
For the Car Enthusiast
Steel Cut Productions
Oxnard is home to a couple of museums for auto lovers – like the Murphy Auto Museum, which boasts an impressive display of more than 50 vintage automobiles and Americana. French cars from the Art Deco era are on exhibit at The Mullin Automotive Museum, which is open to the public twice a month. Fun Fact: The Mullin is home to "the most valuable car in the world." Car clubs like City Life Oxnard and Ventura Classics Car Club host regular cruise nights and meet-ups that pay homage to classic and custom cars.
For the Foodie
Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine | Credit: Stephanie Plomarity
Tacos, anyone? Oxnard has not only earned the designation of having the most tacos per capita north of the California-Mexico border, it now has an official Taco Trail. But tacos are not the only delicacy that can be found in this surfside town. A variety of international selections abound with such options as Italian, Thai, Mediterranean or Brazilian fare. For those craving the utmost in fine dining, make a dinner reservation at Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars.
For the Shopaholic
Evangelina Boutique | Credit: Brittney Hendricks
The Collection at RiverPark is the place to indulge in retail therapy – with a variety of boutiques and restaurants, this outdoor shopping and entertainment center has it all. The second Saturday of each month is Maker’s Market, which features local artisans selling handcrafted goods. While you’re there, be sure to browse Think Outside, an Australian-based home and garden decor shop that specializes in fair-trade and environmentally conscious products.
For the Beachcomber
Oxnard is blessed with consistently perfect weather and pristine beaches that stretch for kilometers along the coast, so it’s no wonder that beachcombers flock to this coastal mecca. Silver Strand Beach is a popular spot for locals, who arrive in time to witness the spectacular sunsets that are especially prominent in the winter and fall. The nearby Hollywood Beach is another favourite, aptly named as Rudolph Valentino filmed a movie there. This is not a beach where you will have to shun the paparazzi, however, as it is relatively unpopulated.
Ready to mix things up in Oxnard?
We invite you to relax, unwind and enjoy this beach town filled with unique experiences and passionate people. There’s a wealth of opportunities to make lasting memories in our gem of a town, where Pacific Coast Highway meets Highway 101. We hope you’ll make the trip — it’s worth every second.