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Kayaking in Oxnard

August 3, 2018

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With more than 22 miles of coastline and year-round perfect weather, Oxnard is ideal for ocean lovers who want to get out and explore. Whether you are a seasoned pro or still need to find your sea legs, Oxnard is the perfect place for a kayaking adventure.

Where to Kayak

Channel Islands Harbor

With calm quiet waters, this is an ideal spot for novice kayakers to get comfortable, or for more advanced kayakers to take it easy. Spend your day on the water spotting starfish and sea lions as you paddle past seafaring vessels and stunning canal-front homes. At the end of your journey, refuel at one of the many waterside restaurants located throughout the harbor, where the outstanding views are paralleled by a variety of mouthwatering cuisines.

Launching a kayak in the Channel Islands Harbor is easy thanks to the installation of a new kayak launch on the Ventura County Day Dock near the boat launch ramp. There’s also a temporary launch lane for kayakers and paddleboarders at the Harbor’s Kiddie Beach, located at the northwest corner of Victoria and San Nicolas Avenues.

Silver Strand Beach

If you feel like adventuring farther from calm waters, follow the jetties to open ocean and coast alongside the golden sands of Silver Strand Beach. Ride the waves into shore and take time to soak up the California sunshine.

Channel Islands National Park

Located 11 miles off the coast of Oxnard, this chain of five islands offers several amazing kayaking locations.

For experienced kayakers, test your skills by making the 11-mile trek across the channel from Santa Cruz island to Silver Strand beach.

For a more relaxed experience, catch an Island Packers charter to Santa Cruz Island and spend the day exploring hidden caves and crystal-clear waters around Scorpion Beach.

Where to Rent Kayaks

No kayak? No problem! You can rent kayaks through Hopper Boat Rentals, or rent, receive lessons or guided tours from Channel Islands Kayak Center. For guided island kayaking tours, visit Blue Ocean Kayaking.

There are so many options for kayaking in Oxnard; take a weekend to explore them all! Start planning your visit to Oxnard and your kayaking adventure today!

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