Posted Nov 03, 2021 | By Brittney Hendricks
Travel virtually to the Southern California beach destination of Oxnard, California, without leaving the comfort of home.
Armchair travel is a phrase coined for a virtual sensory experience that takes people to faraway places without leaving home. When we were at the peak of the pandemic, Armchair travel was the way to go. Now, you can experience all of this in person! But if you'd like to still escape the living room without leaving the comfort of your own home, here are a few virtual experiences of our favorite city that you can enjoy.
Check out this drone footage over Oxnard Beach Park, toward Mandalay State Beach, with a clear view of Channel Islands National Park across the Santa Barbara Channel. The park is a popular venue for outdoor activities, including outdoor yoga classes with Yoga by the Sea, a great team-building activity or opportunity for solo meditation.
Move your device from left to right and up to down, in a 360-degree manner. These virtual reality videos will have you feeling like you’re standing in the lobby for check-in, dipping your toes into the pool and getting ready to rest your head on a nice fluffy pillow. Feeling relaxed yet? For more information on Oxnard’s hotels, click here.
SUP rentals are available from our partners at Channel Islands Kayak Center and Hopper Boat Rentals. These vendors rent paddleboards by the hour and also offer SUP lessons for those new to the activity. It’s great exercise and a fun day on the sparkling waters of the Channel Islands Harbor.
Wondering what the weather is outside? Check our 24/7 Oxnard live cam from Marine Emporium Landing located in the Channel Islands Harbor. See for yourself whether the marine layer has burned off and if it is a sunny day!
Check out one of the surfing world’s best kept secrets. Silver Strand Beach offers world-class breaks. The waves are at their strongest in the winter months, when swells travel through the Santa Barbara Channel, breaking on the Oxnard shoreline. While best-suited for advanced surfers in the winter, intermediate surfers will find slightly tamer waves to ride in the warmer weather months.
Channel Islands National Park has developed a new digital app to enhance the visitor experience in the park that can also be used to take a virtual visit. The new mobile app is free and available at the App Store or on Google Play.
Features in the app include exploring the islands through stories, sites, self-guided tours, and interactive maps, or finding favorite places, trails, and topics of interest. Visitors can use the app to create a collage of the images from your visit or to track a calendar of current conditions, events, or ranger programs. The app is fully accessible with audio description and alternative text for images. To learn more go to NPS Channel Islands App.
Typically, incredible views of the Channel Islands National Park‘s iconic symbol Arch Rock, seabird rookeries and historic lighthouse, as well as the ocean life and sea conditions at the landing cove and nearby waters, can be streamed 24/7 on the Anacapa Island Webcam. Currently, this webcam is down due to crane construction on Anacapa Island. Once the construction is complete, the webcam will be reinstalled. In the meantime, armchair travelers can enjoy highlights from the webcam by clicking through the 98-minute long video below:
While the livecam showcases the scenic vistas and serenity of the islands, it’s hard to picture the adventurous activities that await on the trails and waters below. Get in on the action and thrill with these 360-degree virtual videos of some of the activities you can do while visiting the islands.
Nothing compares to real-life travel, but we hope these experiences whet your wanderlust. There are so many things to do in Oxnard, and we look forward to welcoming you in person!
Southern California native Brittney Hendricks is a travel writer and marketing professional who lives locally with her husband, son and dog. A retired pro dancer and dance instructor, she enjoys staying active by jogging and bicycling the promenades of Oxnard’s beaches.send email