April 2, 2020
How To Armchair Travel to Oxnard, California
Travel virtually to the Southern California beach destination of Oxnard, California, without ever 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. It is especially relevant for those self-isolating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we fulfill our responsibility to society and do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, we find ways to escape our living rooms through hobbies, entertainment and virtual travel. Without further ado, here are a few virtual experiences of our favorite city that you can enjoy.
Fly Over Oxnard Beach Park
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.
Oxnard Hotels Virtual Experience
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.
Best Western Oxnard Inn
Channel Islands Inn
Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard
Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort
Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor
Paddleboard Virtually in Channel Islands Harbor
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.
Surf Silver Strand Beach in 360 Degrees
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 Virtual Experiences
Channel Islands National Park Digital App
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.
Anacapa Island Webcam
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:
Channel Islands National Park 360-Degree Virtual Experiences
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.
Hiking in 360 Degrees (Part I)
Hiking in 360 Degrees (Part II)
Open Ocean Kayaking in 360 Degrees
Ocean Kayaking Inside Sea Caves in 360 Degrees
Snorkeling in 360 Degrees
Mullin Automotive Museum Instagram Live Stream
Join free live stream collection tours of Mullin Automotive Museum every Tuesday at 10am PST (unless otherwise noted). Live streams occur on Instagram Live and are meant to be viewed on a smartphone through the Instagram app. Live streams are also available for rewatch on Instagram stories for 24 hours after the broadcast. Starting May 5th, 2020, the museum will also be posting YouTube videos on their popular “Under the Hood” lecture series.
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 eventually. Until then, we’ll see you through your screen.