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About Oxnard

Learn about oxnard's history, culture, and attractions.Learn about Oxnard's Great location, friendly accommodations, white sandy beaches, outdoor adventure, downtown attractions, award-winning festivals and the Channel Islands National Park -- just 11 miles offshore!

What more could you want in a vacation spot?

Oxnard is steeped in a rich California history. Visit the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District and Heritage Square for a peek into early-20th century homes. Steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was one of the first to recognize the value of our city when in 1906 he donated money to build a city library. The library is now the Carnegie Art Museum. The library is brimming with fine 20th century California art.

In addition to its rich cultural history, the city of Oxnard has the most beautiful beaches in California. The beauty of our beaches are credited to its remote location from freeways and big cities. As a matter of fact our beaches have priceless views of the Channel Islands.

About Oxnard's History

About a century ago Hollywood cinematographers and location scouts were attracted by the beauty of Oxnard's breathtaking beaches. In fact, it was in 1921 that Paramount Studios found Oxnard's sprawling coastline to be the perfect stand-in for the Egyptian desert. One of the most notable motion pictures of it's time, Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik was filmed here. Other Hollywood studios and stars were soon to follow. Clark Gable bought a home in Oxnard. Charlie Chaplin headed to Oxnard when he needed a respite from his busy schedule. Most notably John Wayne made fishing his sport while vacationing in Oxnard.

Want to know how Oxnard got its name? Read more about Oxnard History.

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