Posted Mar 02, 2023 | By Rebecca Baker

What to Explore Around Oxnard College

Your Ultimate Guide for Discovering its Rich History & Culture

When you visit Oxnard College, don’t forget to explore the many activities our beautiful city has to offer. Hang out at our lively beaches, shop to your heart’s content, and then wine and dine your way through our local restaurants and eateries!


Oxnard College has served the Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme communities since the late 1960s. The 118-acre college site was purchased in 1968, and the first classes were offered at the Ramona School, followed by the Oxnard Educational Center in 1973. After opening Oxnard and Camarillo centers, Oxnard College had 4,400 students enrolled by mid-fall 1975.


Each decade, the district reinvested in its college system and added laboratories, libraries, learning centers and vocational programming buildings. The Occupational Education Building features the college’s information processing, hotel and restaurant management, and electronics programs, to name a few. In 1994, a Physical Education Complex was constructed and houses basketball and racquetball courts, a dance room and weight-training facilities.

Oxnard College Campus
Oxnard College Campus; Photo by Crescencio Fajardo


There are 12 different departments with 25 programs available in the Oxnard College Career Education Division. Oxnard College fully equips its students to enter the job market or continue their education by offering a wide range of disciplines and educational pathways.

The Career Education programs are composed of the following: Hands-On Technology, Public Safety, Education, Business & Innovation and Visual & Performing Arts. Students can go on to pursue their careers upon completing the College’s Certificate Program and earning an A.A. degree, or can continue their education by transferring to a university. By combining courses that focus on academic knowledge as well as hands-on training, Oxnard College’s graduates are well-equipped to work in high-demand careers, in professions such as a cybersecurity analyst, auto technician, or as a firefighter.

Oxnard College hosts a variety of visitors to its campus, from visiting faculty to college athletes to guest speakers in academic events and seminars, and even student families. After touring Oxnard College, plan to explore Oxnard and its entertaining offerings and eateries.

Oxnard College Graduation
Oxnard College Graduation; Photo by Crescencio Fajardo


When planning your stay in Oxnard, don’t forget to check out our many awesome hotels. We have a stay for every traveler, with every budget in mind. For the visitor that wants to stay in style and save, relax at the Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott or at the Best Western Oxnard Inn. If you’re looking for something closer to the ocean, book your stay at the Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach. We have an entire page dedicated to helping you plan where you want to stay!


Oxnard’s beautiful beaches are a sight to see, and there’s plenty of fun to be had. We recommend heading to Silver Strand Beach, a quieter beach popular with local surfers and kayakers. Grab some burgers or Seafood from The Strand Bar & Grill , a family-owned restaurant known for its mouthwatering American fare, and spend the day relaxing on the surf and sand. Or, if you’re searching for action, look to book a surfing or a kayaking excursion.

Silver Strand Beach Oxnard
Silver Strand Beach

When you’re looking to explore what Oxnard has to offer, look no further than Heritage Square. The historic block in Downtown Oxnard features gorgeous Victorian and Craftsman-style houses surrounded by lush gardens. Grab a latte and sweet treat at Heritage Coffee, or come back for dinner at The 1901 for an upscale Italian-American menu with Prohibition-themed craft cocktails in the speakeasy downstairs. A fun night in Oxnard isn’t complete without trying one or two of the many attractions we offer in our fun coastal town. Take your family and friends to Fisherman’s Catch so you can try some of the freshest fish in Oxnard sourced from local, high-quality vendors. If strikes and spares are your idea of a good time, reserve a lane at Bowlero. But this isn’t your average bowling alley. Bowlero’s trendy interior and menu are a sight to behold, so have your camera ready for some IG-worthy shots. Want to end the night with live music? Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen hosts a variety of shows, from good old-fashioned rock’n’roll to rhythmic Latin music.Oxnard College not only offers a variety of programs to reach your career and educational goals, but it is perfectly located in a beautiful, entertaining and lively city. Whether you’re visiting someone attending school, or are a “Condor” yourself, you’ll always have something new to try.

About the Author:

Rebecca Baker (Digital Storyteller)

Rebecca Briggs Baker is a digital storyteller who loves living on California's beautiful central coast. She builds community and promotes artistic and strategic collaboration with her company, Chicken Riddle Media. When not crafting strategy, she's hiking, volunteering, or reading a great mystery.

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