It’s said that if you want the most authentic vacation experience, go where the locals go.
Silver Strand Beach is a favorite of Oxnard, Ventura and Port Hueneme locals. Once you step onto the smooth white sand of this mile-long beach, it’s easy to see why. “The Strand” (as locals call it) is an action-packed beach perfect for those looking to have an exciting and active beach day.
The beach is broken into three sections: The Jetty, The Bowl, and La Jenelle, which cater to various skill levels of surfers and boogie/body boarders. Surf in the middle region of the beach tends to have the largest swells, with smaller waves off to the sides, which are typically zones reserved for swimmers. Although you can find people catching waves year round, the surf is at its best from summer to winter with the peak waves happening during the winter storms that cause a nearby sand bar to break.
This beach is also a common landing for kayakers who make the trek from Anacapa or Santa Cruz islands across the channel back to the mainland. If you’re feeling a little less adventurous, you can rent kayaks from the neighboring Channel Islands Harbor and just cruise along the coast. For the fishing enthusiast, pick up a license and drop your line in the ocean waves or the calmer waters to the other side of the natural rock jetty. Anglers regularly pick up perch, calico bass, corbina, and halibut.
If you’re coming with children, Silver Strand is a great place for families. Nestled between the harbor and the Strand is Kiddie Beach Park, which is protected from large waves and currents by a long stretch of rocks. This spot is a comfortable place for water babies who are new to ocean swimming.
Visitors to the Strand love to take advantage of the dozens of parking spaces available in the parking lot near Lifeguard Headquarters, located off of San Nicolas Ave. In addition to the ample parking at Lifeguard Headquarters, there are outdoor showers next to the restroom building. The gates to this parking lot generally open at sunrise and close at sunset. Hungry? Grab a bite at Pepe’s Mexican food restaurant across the street from one of the two parking lots from the beach. No shirt, no shoes, no problem! Lifeguard stations are typically only occupied during spring and summer months.