Posted Jan 29, 2023 | By Alejandra Cerball

Top Tips for an Eco-Friendly Vacation in Oxnard

Here's the ultimate guide to planning a sustainable trip to Oxnard.

Oxnard has an epic taco scene, pristine beaches and it's the gateway to Channel Islands National Park. Whether you're visiting a local winery, enjoying world-class treats at the Strawberry Festival or exploring the vibrant art scene, there are plenty of ways to be a more sustainable traveler.

Here's how to plan an eco-friendly trip to Oxnard.

roam REsponsibly

Before you begin your journey, remember to travel responsibly and check out these tips for an enjoyable stay in Oxnard.

  • If a visit to the ocean is on your bucket list, keep an eye out for big surf. The ocean can be unpredictable.
  • Leave no trace. If a bin is full, it never goes on the ground.
  • Traveling with pets? Visit our local dog parks and pick up after them.
  • Get to know the California Responsible Travel Code.

Walk, Bike, or Take the Train

Self-guided walking tours are a great way to explore any new city. On your visit to Oxnard, explore amazing street murals and sculptures around town with the family. Choose from a 2.5-mile or abbreviated 1.25-mile walk in Downtown Oxnard or visit Heritage Square, to see restored Victorian structures built between 1876 and 1912.

Go for a cruise.
Whether you want to enjoy the sea breeze or explore Channel Islands Harbor, rent a cruiser bike or a double surrey for up to six people at Wheel Fun Rentals. Cue “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys for your sunny day bike riding soundtrack. Choose from three locations in Oxnard, and park your car to minimize your carbon footprint while on vacation. The company is proud of its sustainability efforts and says, "We were green before it was cool."

Take Public Transportation -
Why sit in traffic when you can enjoy the views and relax on the train? The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner stops at the Oxnard Transit Center several times a day so you can save on gas and travel from San Diego or San Luis Obispo.

Known as one of California's best bird-watching areas, McGrath State Beach is also a popular camping spot. The beach is open for day use, but the campground and parking area is closed due to intermittent flooding. Check here for updates.

travel slow

Reduce your carbon footprint and travel slow in Oxnard. Plan a few extra days to explore Oxnard's Taco Trail and visit these top-rated taquerias on the map. Spend a long weekend exploring Oxnard's best beaches and local art scene.

Visit during off-peak times to avoid traffic or crowds. Find local activities that support local businesses.

Shop Local + Sustainably

If you’re in the mood for a healthy bite to eat or want to bring home some coastal souvenirs, shop small to support local businesses. Enjoy sustainably caught seafood at Kanaloa Seafood, a seafood market on Lombard Street in Oxnard. Treat your tastebuds to locally caught seafood at Fishermen's Catch on Victoria Avenue.

Meet local farmers and vendors and enjoy Oxnard's delicious local fruit and veggies. The Downtown Oxnard Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

Visiting town on the weekend? Check out the Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm to taste Oxnard's world-famous strawberries and local produce.

Support Small Businesses in Oxnard

Snag your surf + beach essentials at Anacapa Surf n' Sport on Harbor Boulevard. Pick up traditional Japanese dishware, including sake sets at Asahi Market on Oxnard Boulevard. Find nautical gems and treasures at BlueFin Gifts at Channel Islands Maritime Museum.

Score unique clothing designs at Fifty150 Brand. Need cowboy boots to complete your bohemian look? Head to Gordon's Western Wear on Oxnard Boulevard.

Support the arts and shop musical instruments at Henson's Music in Downtown Oxnard. It's all about the hunt at Miscellaneous Treasures in Silver Strand Oxnard, an antique store where you never know what you'll find.

Shop secondhand at Streets of Vintage. Show local artists some love at Studio Gallery near Channel Islands Harbor.

herzog wine cellars oxnard

EXPLORE SUSTAINABLE VINICULTURE

Herzog Wine Cellars has always pushed itself to be out in front of the pack as leaders in innovation. From a custom, on-site water treatment facility to sustainable materials and practices in the production process, as well as pushing to adhere to strict sustainability standards in the vineyards, being good stewards of the land is a primary practice for the company.

Vice President of Winery Operations Joseph Herzog sums it up, “Producing quality wines–and being that we’re a kosher winery–sustainable is just a perfect fit.” Senior winemaker David Galzignato elaborates, “We approach sustainability from an E2E process. And while we’ve made great strides, our work is far from done." David continues, “We currently have sustainability certificates for our vineyards in Alexander Valley and Clarksburg and Lodi. Sustainability is a priority for the winery and one of my passions.”

things to do at the collection

Recharge at The Collection at RiverPark

The Collection at RiverPark is an open-air shopping center designed and operated with sustainability in mind. Here you'll find your favorite stores, entertainment, dining options, and unique sculptures and artwork with a coastal theme.

Recharge your electric vehicle while you wine and dine. There are four Volta charging stations, located behind Yard House and in front of Whole Foods, and 20 Tesla charging stations located along the 101 freeway side of the shopping center.

The Collection has a LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use. "By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses, and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers, and the larger community," according to The Collection at RiverPark.

Features:

  • The Collection was built with low-emitting materials, reducing the number of contaminants such as adhesives, sealants, paint, coatings, wood, and carpet that are odorous, irritating, or harmful to the well-being of occupants.
  • Native plant material, climate-based irrigation controllers, and high-efficiency fixtures for non-potable applications help save water use.
  • At least 10% of the materials used to build the center were recycled or manufactured within 500 miles of the site, reducing transportation environmental impacts.

Eco-Friendly Vacation Takeaways

Small changes in habits can make an impact. Plan ahead to make the most of your eco-friendly trip to Oxnard.

  • Start your "things to do in Oxnard" tour by visiting the Channel Islands Harbor, and walk to Hollywood Beach.
  • Make your way to Downtown Oxnard before you fuel up on good eats and recharge your electric car at The Collection RiverPark before your next destination.
  • Decline plastic utensils and straws when ordering food.
  • Bring your own takeaway containers and bags.
  • Travel with a reusable water bottle.
  • Support local businesses in town.
  • Shop zero-waste products to reduce your impact.

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About the Author:

Alejandra Cerball (Journalist | Travel Writer)

Alejandra Cerball is an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor of alexcerball.com, a Travel + Lifestyle online destination filled with compelling and honest travel tips + resources. On her blog, Alex shares inspiration for your bucket list, family travel + adventure itineraries, and style guides to help you pack for your next trip.

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