Posted Jul 29, 2020 | By Alejandra Cerball

The LGBTQIA Travel Guide to Oxnard

With pristine white-sand beaches, historic Victorian-era architecture and ideal weather year-round, Oxnard is one of California’s best-kept secrets.

Come and explore Channel Islands Harbor and spend some time island-hopping in the National Park. Indulge in locally caught seafood, authentic Mexican food, and Italian cuisine.

Here’s our LGBTQ+ Travel Guide to exploring Oxnard.

Fresh & Fabulous Cafe; Photo by Dopes on the Road.

Stay

Whether you come for a quick getaway or an extended stay, head to the coast to watch the dolphins at sunset. Book a harbor view at The Hampton Inn and watch the boats in Channel Islands Harbor. Camp under the stars at McGrath State Beach Campground, or book a spa day at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort

If you want to explore Downtown Oxnard’s Historic Culture and art scene, stay at the Best Western Oxnard Inn and the Vagabond Inn.

Here for a quick business trip? The Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge, Courtyard by Marriott, and Homewood Suites are conveniently located near the 101 freeway.

Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard

Eat

Locals have been eating at Dominick’s Italian Restaurant on North Oxnard Boulevard for over 70 years. LGBTQ owner Sean Henggeler started helping out in the family-owned restaurant when he was in grammar school. He now owns the business with his brother Brian.

“I think the new up-and-coming generations are much more gay-friendly and accepting of different lifestyles. We have many gay customers that I know from the community,” says Sean. “It is quite a bit different than when I was a young man, and I don’t feel you have to be on the down-low as in the 80s and into the 90s.”

An Oxnard-staple for decades, Dominick’s serves up a tasty meat lasagna fettuccine with Alfredo sauce pizza and homemade sausage and meatballs. Be sure to try their homemade bread and finish your meal with a delicious Cannoli.

477 North Oxnard Boulevard, Oxnard, CA 93030

If you’re in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine, bookmark this list of where to get the best tacos in town. From taco trucks to restaurants serving up seafood tacos and mariscos, you won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy dessert at Michoacanita Ice Cream Company, where you’ll find their famous bubble waffle in addition to a slew of other delectables.

2550 East Vineyard Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93036

Michoacanita Ice Cream Company Bubble Waffle; Photo by Dopes on the Road.

Indulge

Lesbian travel blogger Lindsay Cale says of her haircut, “It’s not just hair.” A self-proclaimed gender creative individual, she was thrilled to find The Barber Shop, where she says shop owner and barber Jackie Aldridge “whittled my truth into my hairline.” Spend time indulging in your self-care routine at this upscale vintage barber shop, which offers services including shear cuts, haircuts, razor lineups, hot towel shaves and cleanses, beard trims and a royal shave.

Photo by Dopes on the Road

Play

Whether you’re an outdoor explorer, a wine tasting connoisseur, or a couple who loves to travel, Oxnard is your go-to destination for fun things to do. Start your journey in Downtown Oxnard and learn about the historic heritage of the area. Experience wine tasting at Rancho Ventavo Cellars in The Scarlett House in Heritage Square. Head to The Collection at RiverPark for a look at some of the unique sculptures and murals and enjoy a tasty bite to eat at the Annex Food Hall. Shop at your favorite stores, and don’t forget your reusable tote to bring your goodies home.

Annex Food Hall at The Collection at RiverPark; Photos by Dopes on the Road.

Explore

No trip to Oxnard is complete without a visit to the beach. Spend a day exploring Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard Shores, and Hollywood Beach. Plan your trip around whale watching season to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures and snorkel, dive, kayak, or hike in Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Santa Cruz Island; Photo by Dopes on the Road.

If you love strange and unusual history, visit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum to see Prisoner of War bone model ships and maritime artifacts. Vintage car lovers will want to add The Murphy Auto Museum and Mullin Automotive Museum to their Oxnard must-visit list.

In need of a boost of adrenaline? Soar up to 1,000 feet in the air with Channel Islands Parasail. Or, if you’re looking to experience a more romantic activity with your partner, set out aboard an authentic Venetian Gondola, and cruise the channels of Seabridge Marina.

Gondola Paradiso in Channel Islands Harbor; Photo by Dopes on the Road.

Ventura County Pride

If you’re in town for Pride festivities, celebrate the LGBTQ community, supporters, and allies in Ventura County. The mission for Pride weekend is to educate, advocate, and celebrate the LGBTQ community while providing a platform for those most marginalized in the community.

In 2020, the Ventura County Pride Festival will be a virtual event due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing protocols.

Carnegie Art Museum wrapped in rainbow banners for 2020 Pride; Photo by Heart and Soul Ceramics Photography

LGBTQ Resources in Oxnard

Diversity Collective is a non-profit organization that promotes advocacy, education, mental and physical health for the LGBTQ community and those affected by HIV and AIDS in Ventura County, California. Learn more about the services they offer and diversity events like AIDS Walk, Diversity Gala and Pride Prom here.

The Coalition for Family Harmony offers free specialized counseling services in Oxnard to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and general counseling to individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning in Ventura County. Learn more here.

Socialize with the Oxnard LGBTQ+ Community. You can find the group on Facebook and Instagram, where they offer a safe space to uplift and celebrate the colorful part of the 805. You’ll also find information on rallies, celebrations and social meetups.

Oxnard Pride 2020; Photo by Sheba

Conclusion

With 276 sunny days per year, escape city life and plan your road trip to the coast. Need help organizing your LGBTQ getaway to Oxnard? Sign up to get our 2020 Oxnard Visitor’s Guide.

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About the Author:

Alejandra Cerball (Journalist)

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.

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