July 17, 2020
Girlfriend Getaway to Oxnard: Fun Ideas to Plan The Perfect Girls Weekend
Need an escape from 2020? Whether you’re celebrating a milestone birthday, bachelorette, or just want an excuse to hang out with your besties, head to the coast for the ultimate girls getaway in Oxnard. This coastal town is a choose your own adventure type of destination. Plan a wine tasting tour, camp underneath the stars, or enjoy some quality beach time with your friends. Oxnard has it all.
Recharge, relax, and bond with your best friends while experiencing the top destinations and activities in Oxnard. Here’s everything you need to plan the perfect girlfriend getaway for you and your crew.
Note – Some businesses may be temporarily closed, and activities may be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Whether you’re working from home while watching the kids or putting in overtime every week, you deserve a break. Round up your buddies for a beach vacation in Oxnard; a destination graced with mile-long stretches of sandy beaches. Plan a picnic at Silverstrand Beach, work on your Southern California glow at Hollywood Beach, or take a donation-based Yoga by the Sea class at Oxnard Beach Park, Mandalay Shores.
Nature Travel + Water Activities
Scenic Exploring – Head to the islands for an all-day or weekend adventure at Channel Islands National Park. Set up your glamping tent, explore sea caves via kayak, or dive with your buddies in the sea’s kelp forests.
Spot Humpback Whales – Sync your calendar with the annual Gray Whale Migration to see these majestic creatures in the pristine waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. Tours with Channel Islands Whale Watching run from December 26 to April 30 each year.
Plan a boat party – Hop on board an electric boat with up to 12 of your closest friends at Channel Islands Harbor. Arrive early to decorate the boat for your special occasion, and don’t forget to bring your dog with you so they can enjoy a day on the water with the crew. For a perfect afternoon, pack a cooler full of food and drinks for everyone to enjoy. Hopper Boat Rentals in Channel Islands Harbor also rents kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boats. No boating experience required!
Cross Things off Your Bucket List – Get the girls together for an adrenaline rush on the water. Southern California Jet Skis offers rentals for 1-2 hours in the Channel Islands Harbor. Tag your bestie for a fun-filled parasailing excursion, while you soak in a bird’s eye view of the Southern California coastline. Let the captain at Channel Islands Parasail know if you want to get your feet wet and take a dip in the water.
If practicing down dog and breathwork sounds more up your alley, test your balancing skills with a Sea Dog Yoga class. Paddleboard lessons and guided stand up paddleboard tours are also available at the harbor.
Seeking adventure closer to shore?
Golfing – Whether you and your friends are seasoned golfers or still trying to figure out which club to use, hit the links at the River Ridge Golf Club. This golf club features two large putting greens to practice your game.
Let your creativity run wild – What makes this a great girls’ getaway event is that you don’t have to be an artist to learn how to paint. Relax over a drink and take an interactive art lesson at The Painted Cabernet. Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, these classes are stress-free and a great way to celebrate a special occasion or a fun night out with the girls.
Did someone say Rosé?
If you’re searching for a wine tasting adventure with your friends, Oxnard is home to four wineries and tasting rooms. With perfect weather year-round, white sandy beaches, and coastal experiences, we like to think it’s an obvious choice for your next girls retreat.
Wine Tasting Itinerary:
Stop 1 – Rancho Ventavo Cellars
Start your wine tour at the Oxnard Historic District and visit Rancho Ventavo Cellars. This family-owned award-winning winery and tasting room features fine red wines in a charming 1902 Victorian home.
When to Visit: The tasting room is open Friday – Sunday from 12 pm–5 pm.
Local Tip: The tasting fee is $10 per person. Bring back your RVC logo glass on your next visit and only pay $5. Now, that’s a deal!
Stop 2: Herzog Wine Cellars
This Ventura County gem offers more than 25 unique varietals to match your every mood. They’re also the nation’s largest producer of kosher wines. Stop by the industrial park location for a wine tasting experience with your gal pals and stay for dinner at Tierra Sur Restaurant for Mediterranean influenced seasonal cuisine. Enjoy quick bites from the bar menu, or prix fixe options from the dinner menu.
When to Visit: They’re open Sundays through Friday Friday afternoons.
Local Tip: Enjoy a self-guided tour where you can view the fermentation vats, wine aging barrels, and the bottling process from the second story.
Stop 3: Magnavino Cellars
Magnavino Cellars’ features a Tuscan inspired atmosphere with a relaxed and elegant vibe for the ultimate girl’s night out. Mark your calendar and experience “Magnavino After Dark,” for Friday evening wine tastings from 5 pm – 8 pm.
When to Visit: The Wine Tasting Room is open Saturday, and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm.
Stop 4: Strey Cellars
The newest kid on the block, Strey Cellars, is another great stop for a girlfriend getaway. Sample your favorite Syrah, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blan in a modern venue that embraces the industrial look.
When to Visit: The tasting room is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm and weekdays by appointment.
Local Tip: Tastings cost $10 for six wines, and the fee is waived when you purchase a bottle.
Where to Get Pampered
Slip into relaxation mode at the Embassy Mandalay Beach Spa for the ultimate zen retreat. The girls will love an outing unwinding in the lush tropical gardens after a Serenity Facial or Deep Tissue Massage. There’s also a Mother-To-Be Massage to pamper pregnant friends. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon at the beachfront resort pool while sipping cocktails and catching up on the latest trends. End your day with a stroll to the beach, and catch the sunset while you reminisce about the highlights and unforgettable memories from the best girls trip ever.
Looking for the perfect place to stay during your Girls’ Getaway? Experience first-rate hospitality and browse our collection of the best hotels in Oxnard. From budget, luxury, and pet-friendly accommodations, there are options to suit any travel style.
Alejandra Cerball is an award-winning journalist, writer, and travel + lifestyle blogger at alexcerball.com. On her blog, Alex shares inspiration for your bucket list, packing tips, and destination guides for solo and adventure trips.