Oxnard is an underrated area of California. This hidden gem offers beach fun, restaurants and plenty to do, if you just give it a chance. Nestled between the ritzy Camarillo and surf-centered Ventura, Oxnard is quickly becoming an apartment hotspot.
Visit Fisherman’s Wharf in the Channel Islands Harbor
Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard is an excellent place to take the family. You can spend an entire afternoon in the area walking the marina, checking out the seasonal family events or even taking a pedal boat around the harbor.
Mandalay Beach is located just off the harbor and is a great place for an afternoon picnic or stroll. There are barbecue areas, volleyball nets, and covered picnic areas. Want to go skating? There is a path designed for joggers and skaters that want to get out and get moving.
Silver Strand Beach
If you’re a surfer, Silver Strand is the beach to visit. Here you’ll find favorable waves and the sand isn’t as crowded as the other beaches in the area. The surf break is friendly enough for beginner surfers too.
Visit Centennial Plaza
This one-stop has movies, restaurants and is a great place to just take a stroll and enjoy some window-shopping. Located in downtown Oxnard, you might find it difficult to get there during rush hour or on the weekends, but it is a great place for a weekday getaway.
California Welcome Center
The California Welcome Center located in Oxnard features a mission-style park, and should be the first stop on anyone’s California adventure. Here you will find all of the local info on the area, including where to eat, attractions to see, etc.
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
This cultural museum is full of maritime history, art and even ships. The exhibitions are constantly changing, so if you want to see something particular, you’ll want to take a look at their schedule. Daily admission fees do apply, but if you are a member, you can go in for free.
Located in downtown Oxnard, this unique and quaint scene offers fountains, delightful gardens and parks. You can see the original homes of Oxnard and even catch summer and seasonal festivities. There are always concerts being hosted in the square and there are over 25 eateries — including a wine tasting room. All of the mansions and homes have been restored, the square has been remodeled and everything has a historic charm.
There is plenty to do in Oxnard — most of it free. So before you drive on through to Santa Barbara, give Oxnard a shot and see for yourself why it is one of the fastest growing cities in Southern California.