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Visit Oxnard Beaches

Visit Oxnard Beaches

Mix things up in Oxnard at some of the best beaches in Ventura County. Oxnard is where Pacific Coast Highway meets Highway 101. Road trip into the city, and enjoy 7 miles of Southern California coastline carved out between Malibu and Ventura.

About Oxnard Beaches

Curious to know what beaches are like in Oxnard? Paradise seekers will find world-class surf, year-round beautiful weather, pristine sandy beaches, and untouched coastal dunes. With some of the best beaches in Southern California, it’s always beach season in Oxnard.

Families and outdoor adventurers alike will enjoy the panorama perfect, photography worthy views from our shoreline. Glance across the Santa Barbara Channel to Channel Islands National Park, where a world untouched awaits your discovery.

Along our beaches, you’ll find the homes of 1920s movie stars, the remains of a historic shipwreck and a portion of the 1,500-mile long Pacific Coastal Bike Route. Our beaches are as diverse and beautiful as they come. Just ask the dolphins that play in our waves.

Best Beaches in Oxnard

Oxnard’s beaches are hugged by Port Hueneme Naval Base in the south, split by the inlet to Channel Islands Harbor and capped by the Santa Clara River in the north. Typically thought of by neighborhood, Oxnard’s top three beaches are as follows.

  • Silver Strand Beach – Mingle with the locals
  • Oxnard Beach Park / Mandalay State Beach – Get active
  • Hollywood Beach – Relax in style

Silver Strand Beach

The local favorite

Silver Strand Beach is a favorite among Oxnard, Ventura and Port Hueneme locals. For an authentic experience, this beach can’t be missed. Once you step onto the smooth white sand of this mile-long beach, it’s easy to see why. “The Strand” (as locals call it) is an action-packed beach perfect for those looking to have an exciting and active beach day.

The beach is broken into three sections: The Jetty, The Bowl, and La Jenelle, which cater to various skill levels of surfers and boogie/body boarders. Surf in the middle region of the beach tends to have the largest swells, with smaller waves off to the sides, which are typically zones reserved for swimmers. Although you can find people catching waves year round, the surf is at its best from summer to winter with the peak waves happening during the winter storms that cause a nearby sand bar to break.

Kayak and fish the beach

This beach is also a common landing for kayakers who make the trek from Anacapa or Santa Cruz islands across the channel back to the mainland. If you’re feeling a little less adventurous, you can rent kayaks from the neighboring Channel Islands Harbor and just cruise along the coast. For the fishing enthusiast, pick up a license and drop your line in the ocean waves or the calmer waters to the other side of the natural rock jetty. Anglers regularly pick up perch, calico bass, corbina, and halibut.

Best beach for families

If you’re coming with children, Silver Strand is a great place for families. Nestled between the harbor and the Strand is Kiddie Beach Park, which is protected from large waves and currents by a long stretch of rocks. This spot is a comfortable place for water babies who are new to ocean swimming.\

Silver Strand Beach bars and resaurants

Hungry? Grab a bite at Pepe’s Mexican Food restaurant across the street from one of the two parking lots from the beach. No shirt, no shoes, no problem! Or, grab a rack of ribs, seafood and pasta at Quincy Street, Ltd., a Silver Strand neighborhood favorite. Feeling parched? Grab a drink at Oxnard’s Beachcomber Tavern, hidden among the residences along Ocean Drive.

Beach access

On the northern end of the beach, you’ll find the wheelchair-accessible ramp, guiding visitors to a terrace overlooking the harbor. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, beach wheelchairs are available for checkout at the main lifeguard tower at the Silver Strand parking lot. During the rest of the year, beach wheelchairs may be checked out from Harbor Patrol at 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard, CA 93035.

Silver Strand parking and amenities*

Silver Strand visitors love to take advantage of the dozens of parking spaces available in the parking lot near Lifeguard Headquarters, located off of San Nicolas Avenue. In addition to ample parking, public amenities outdoor showers and public restrooms. The gates to this parking lot generally open at sunrise and close at sunset. Lifeguard stations are occupied from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend each year.

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Oxnard Beach Park / Mandalay State Beach

Pack up the family and friends, fill up the cooler, and get ready to experience one of Oxnard’s best kept secrets. This palm-tree-studded park is a 60-acre wonderland of grassy rolling hills, beautiful dunes, winding bike paths, a well-equipped playground, and, of course, a stellar beach.

Bike the coast on the Pacific Coast Bike Route

Bring your bikes and hop on the trail that is a part of the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, an 1,800-mile path starting in Vancouver, British Columbia and ending in imperial Beach, California. No bikes? No problem! You can rent beach cruisers, surreys, tandem bikes and more at Wheel Fun Rentals located outside Embassy Suites.

The best beach playground for kids

Watch the kids play on a pirate-themed playground while you grill burgers and hot dogs at one of the many picnic areas in the park. Enjoy a family volleyball tournament, or fly kites before taking a dip in the ocean to cool off.

A beautiful place to watch the sunset

Looking for a romantic place to watch the sunset? The rolling sand dunes are a perfect place to bring a blanket and cuddle up together to see a glorious sunset behind the iconic Channel Islands. With views this beautiful, you won’t want to forget your camera!

Oxnard Shores bars and restaurants

Nestled between all-suite beachfront resort Embassy Suites by Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort and the Oxnard Shores neighborhood, Oxnard Beach Park is a laid-back family-friendly zone with quite possibly the most beautiful beach in Ventura County. Grab a bite (or drink) within walking distance. Check out The Shores Bar & Restaurant and Red Tandem Brewery for mouthwatering food and craft beer.

Oxnard Beach parking and amenities*

The park has a private parking lot that closes at dusk and charges a small fee. This lot typically fills up quickly on weekends; however, there is ample street parking in the surrounding area. Bathrooms are available near the playground and also close at dusk. This is a popular park for events, with reservable pavilions that book up quickly.

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Hollywood Beach

The famous Hollywood Beach gained its notoriety in the roaring twenties. Movie stars and other Hollywood big wigs like Clark Gable and Rudolph Valentino frequented this area as a weekend vacation destination.

Stretch out on peaceful white sands

This expansive stretch of sand is a typically uncrowded location to throw out a towel. Or, spend the day combing the beach for sea glass and seashells.

Ocean wildlife abounds

You’ll almost certainly see dolphins frolicking in the waves. Seals and sea lions occasionally come to shore to sun themselves before returning to the water. Just remember, it’s normal for them to spend hours at a time on the beach, so be careful around them and keep your distance. Whales transit the Santa Barbara Channel; book a whale watching excursion with Island Packers. See our guide to whale watching for more info.

Hollywood Beach bars and restaurants

Hollywood Beach neighborhood favorites include: Hollywood Beach Cafe; Squidly’s Coffee, Sandwiches & Acai Bowls and iconic beachfront dive bar The Rudder Room. Grab a cocktail and head out the backdoor, where you’ll find a set of adirondack chairs with courtside seating for beach volleyball. Venture a couple blocks inland to the harbor for additional dining options at Marine Emporium Landing.

Hollywood Beach parking and amenities*

Parking is available on Ocean Drive and the other nearby streets surrounding the beach. Hollywood Beach is just across from all major attractions at Channel Islands Harbor. Public restrooms may be found at Marine Emporium Landing. Channel Islands Maritime Museum is also just a few blocks away if you feel like getting out of the sun and seeing a collection of incredible ship models and maritime paintings.

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Oxnard Beaches Amenities*

Check out our quick checklist for all the amenities you can expect when visiting Oxnard beaches:

*Please note, public amenities are subject to closures during the State of California Safer at Home Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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