About Oxnard, California
Rally your tribe and head for the Central Coast. California cool, panorama-perfect, culturally authentic and vibrant beyond measure. Oxnard is home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, electric nightlife, some of the best taquerias in the state, historic Victorian era architecture, the California Strawberry Festival, and an expansively picturesque harbor that serves as the closest access point to the Channel Islands National Park. Just sixty miles northwest of LAX and in close proximity to Santa Barbara and other major destinations, Oxnard is one of California’s best kept secrets.
Car enthusiasts, check your mirrors for an unparalleled automotive culture; Oxnard is known for its epic car museums, cruise nights, meet-ups and year-round festivals paying homage to classic and custom rides.
Love music? We’re noteworthy. With a musical legacy that doesn’t fall flat, electrifying live music venues and signature events that will make you want to sing along, Oxnard turns up the volume as a destination that rocks. Oxnard is even home to world-famous drum factory, DW Drums; come for a private tour.
Adventure travelers will be awe-inspired by the dramatic vistas and natural wonder found at Channel Islands National Park. Board an excursion to one of the Channel Islands, just eleven miles off the coast from Oxnard, where you’ll discover a world untouched at “North America’s Galapagos.” Spend the day diving, kayaking, swimming, hiking, camping or exploring deep sea caves; see wildlife found nowhere else on planet Earth.
Return to Oxnard to rejuvenate: shop the incredible boutiques at The Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard’s premier lifestyle venue, where you’ll find top-billing comics (e.g., David Spade, Patton Oswalt, Jo Koy) performing stand-up at The Improv’s Levity Live and rotating genres of live music at Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen.
Sample the diverse flavors of our restaurants’ international dishes … and did we mention tacos? We’re staking our claim: Oxnard has the most tacos per capita north of the Cali-Mex border. Check out Oxnard’s NEW Official Taco Trail!
Rich in the boxing tradition, Oxnard even has an appropriate nickname – “Boxnard.” Oxnard is a national hub for boxing and is home to many amateur and professional boxers, some of whom have been born and raised (Fernando Vargas, Hugo Centeno Jr., Robert/Mikey Garcia) within the city limits, and others who have moved to Oxnard specifically to train (Victor Ortiz, Vasyl Lomachenko).
Oxnard like a local, and take in one of the breathtaking sunsets along the shore, which are particularly spectactular in the fall and winter months. Chase powerful, expert-level waves at Silver Strand Beach, a world-class surfer’s paradise.
Plan your stay at one of Oxnard’s stunning hotel properties, including Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort, Southern California’s only all-suites beachfront resort, or Hampton Inn by Channel Islands Harbor, where you can enjoy spectacular marina views from the rooms’ waterfront balconies.
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.
Want to know how Oxnard got its name? Read about Oxnard History.