A Local's Guide to the Best Beaches in Oxnard

Oxnard’s beaches rock the beautiful waves and sandy shores without the crowds.

WHY WE LOVE OXNARD BEACHES

West Coast is the best coast, and no visit to Oxnard is complete without a trip to the beach. Luckily, Oxnard has plenty of hidden gems and pristine beaches you'll want to add to your must-visit list. With several beaches to choose from along the Oxnard Coast, there are plenty of places to throw down a towel, soak up some Vitamin D, and enjoy the views.

Oxnard Beaches

Oxnard offers three expansive beach areas along the Pacific Coast, with two small sandy beaches along the inlet of Channel Islands Harbor. Here are the best beaches in Oxnard to help you plan your next visit to Oxnard.

ABOUT OXNARD BEACHES

Geographically, Oxnard's beaches are southwest-facing, with the sun setting over the Channel Islands across the Santa Barbara Channel, making for magnificent beach sunsets visible from our shores. Our beaches are expansive, marked by sweeping natural sand dunes, and our waves are considered intermediate to advanced for surfers. Oxnard was once almost named "Zachari" -- The Greek word for sugar -- for the sugary texture of its sands.

Fun Fact: Oxnard was nicknamed "Hollywood by the Sea" because it was the backdrop to many golden era films in the 1920s, including Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik. Today, two of our most prized beaches are still named for that period in time - Hollywood Beach and Silver Strand (for the silver screen).

Silver Strand Beach

This uncrowded beach is the local’s favorite in Oxnard. It’s a prime destination for local surfers and kayakers. Visit the Silver Stand Murals and don’t miss the steel remains of the luxury ocean liner La Jenelle, which shipwrecked in April 1970.

Eats Nearby:
The Strand Bar & Grill is within walking distance from the beach. On the menu, ribs, burgers and pasta dishes.

Best Time to Visit

  • Surfing: Year-Round (Best in Summer through Winter)
  • Kayaking: Year-Round
  • Fishing: Spring through Mid Fall
  • Beach Going and Sun Bathing: Summer, Spring, Fall
  • Beachcombing: Year-Round
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Hollywood Beach

Searching for a prime picnic location? Set up your beach tent or umbrella on the peaceful sands of Hollywood Beach. This beach is so relaxing and pristine, and it’s no wonder Hollywood stars bought real estate here.

Nearby Attractions

Stop by the Channel Islands Harbor to grab a bite to eat or rent kayaks for the afternoon. Step back in time and learn stories of Oxnard’s past at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.

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Oxnard/Mandalay Beach

This pristine beach features grassy rolling hills, dunes, bike paths, and a playground for the kiddos. Rent a beach cruiser at Wheel Fun Rentals or bring your own and enjoy the scenic views. This is the perfect destination for your next family picnic or birthday party. Get lunch ready on the barbecue and have some fun on the volleyball courts and jogging paths.

Getting here: 'olołkoy Beach Park (formerly Oxnard Beach Park) is located at 1601 S Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035.

Parking Fees:

  • Cash Only
  • $1 per hour
  • $5 all-day
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Hobie Beach

Make it a beach day and visit Hobie Beach on the Pacific Coast. This area is ideal for families with small children who want to swim because it’s protected from big waves. Hobie Beach is also a launch area for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Amenities: There are public restrooms and outdoor showers.

Best Time to Visit Hobie Beach:

  • If you want to avoid the crowds during the warmer months, arrive early.
  • Kayaking: Year-Round
  • Beach Going and Sun Bathing: Summer, Spring, Fall
  • Beachcombing: Year-Round

Nearby Attractions

Rent a jet ski, bicycle or kayak at Marine Emporium Landing. Escape to Channel Islands National Park for hiking, whale watching and camping adventures.

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Kiddie Beach

This small protected beach in Ventura County is located near Hobie Beach and Silver Strand in the Channel Islands Harbor. It’s perfect for families who want to swim with the littles.

Why we Love it:

  • It’s dog-friendly. (Dogs must stay on a leash.)
  • There is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months.
  • Parking is free.
  • Kiddie Beach has restrooms and showers.
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More to Explore

Whale Watching

Witness the ocean's majestic giants in the Santa Barbara Channel, designated as a Whale Heritage Area by the World Cetacean Alliance, right off the shores of Oxnard.

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Boating

With pristine weather year-round, visit Oxnard any day of the week for a boating adventure.

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Oxtreme Sports

Get your adrenaline pumping with these outdoor activities and overall gnar cultural experiences found only in Oxnard.

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Channel Islands National Park

Experience bucket list-worthy adventures at Channel Islands National Park with diversity of wildlife found nowhere else on earth!

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Channel Islands Harbor

Where coastal charm meets boundless adventure, and each day brings a new wave of possibilities.

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