Looking for beaches in Oxnard?
If you need a day of sand between your toes, wind in your hair, sun on your skin and one-of-a-kind views, then Oxnard, California is the place for you. With seven beaches to choose from along the Oxnard coast, it’s a sure bet that surfers, sea shell hunters, new swimmers and beach bums alike will have some fun in the sun.
From famous Hollywood getaway spots, to old shipwrecks, to 1,500 mile long coastal bike paths. Our beaches are as diverse and beautiful as they come, and with our year-round perfect weather, it is always beach season here!
Check out our top three beach picks!
Pack some sunscreen, grab a surf board, shake out your towel and check out our top three picks for beaches in Oxnard that you should visit during your stopover in sunny Southern California.
- Mingle with Locals at Silver Strand Beach
- Get Active at Oxnard Beach Park
- Relax in Style at Hollywood Beach
Explore the Top 3 Beaches in Oxnard
Silver Strand Beach
The local favorite
It’s said that if you want the most authentic vacation experience, go where the locals go. Silver Strand Beach is a favorite of Oxnard, Ventura and Port Hueneme locals. 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.
Something for the kiddies
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.
Parking & Amenities
Visitors to the Strand love to take advantage of the dozens of parking spaces available in the parking lot near Lifeguard Headquarters, located off of San Nicolas Ave. In addition to the ample parking at Lifeguard Headquarters, there are outdoor showers next to the restroom building. The gates to this parking lot generally open at sunrise and close at sunset. 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! Lifeguard stations are typically only occupied during spring and summer months.
Oxnard Beach Park
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. Oxnard State Beach Park is a laid-back family friendly zone and quite possibly one of the most beautiful beaches in Ventura County.
Bike the coast
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 of Embassy Suites Mandalay Bay Beach Resort.
Ahoy Matey! All aboard for some playtime
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!
Parking & 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.
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.
Sink into peaceful white sands
The expansive beach is a peaceful and less populated location to lay out in the sun, or spend the day combing the beach for sea glass (a common find in the Oxnard area if you spend the time to look) or searching for seashells.
Ocean wildlife abounds
Dolphins are frequently seen frolicking in this area, and 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 just be careful around them and keep your distance.
Parking & Amenities
Parking is available on Ocean Drive and the other nearby streets surrounding the beach. There are no food options or facilities on the beach, however it is conveniently located near the Channel Islands Harbor where there are many delicious restaurants that you can visit before your trip, or take food to go for a lovely coastal picnic.