Forget the seasons! Oxnard's year round moderate climate is perfect for those seeking outdoor experiences in scenic spaces.

Oxnard is For Outdoor Adventurers

Oxnard is a playground for adventure enthusiasts, featuring opportunities to ride the waves, sail the breezy coast, and bike along our picturesque beaches. Explore the majestic Channel Islands National Park by guided tours or kayaking. Experience the thrill of seasonal whale watching, capturing sightings of these magnificent creatures as they migrate along the coast. This affordable coastal destination combines Southern California's cool vibe with Central Coast tranquility, offering a perfect escape with lower off-season hotel rates. Oxnard's calendar is bustling with year-round events focused on outdoor fun and more!

Oxnard Beaches

Experience 7 Miles of Pristine, Crowd-Free Beaches!

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Oxnard’s Coastal Charm

Oxnard’s perfect year-round weather is ideal for outdoor fun, and the beaches are always uncrowded. Catch a barrel at one of the surfing world’s best-kept secrets. Soak up the coastline on our uncrowded beaches, or look for dolphins, sea lions, and harbor seals on a kayaking excursion. With several beaches to choose from along the Oxnard coast, there are plenty of places to throw down a towel, soak up the sun, and enjoy the views.

Explore Oxnard's Beaches

Sun, surf and sand await along Oxnard's 7 miles of pristine coastline. Enjoy a moderate Mediterranean climate, expansive beaches, world renowned surf, waters teeming with wildlife and more.

Outdoor Concerts

Take a break from the action. Throw out a blanket or pull up a chair to one of Oxnard's citywide summer concerts. Check out Concerts by the Sea, Heritage Square Summer Concerts and Rock The Collection!

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Oxtreme Sports

Adrenaline seekers welcome

Mandalay State Beach

Sup, Groms and Punks

With X-Games finding its home next door in Ventura, we put together this page to guide thrill seekers thirsty for adventure on a quest to quench their palate. Get your adrenaline pumping with these outdoor activities and overall gnar cultural experiences found only in Oxnard - from epic surf spots to skate parks to Nardcore culture and even a local boxing scene, you'll be stoked to learn the surprising things Oxnard has in store. Learn more here.

Channel Islands Harbor

Channel adventure at one of California's largest harbors for small-craft recreation and gateway to Channel Islands National Park

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Adventure and Leisure at the Water's Edge

Channel Islands Harbor is your gateway to both leisure and adventure, offering a plethora of water-based activities and serving as the starting point for excursions to Channel Islands National Park. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the serene harbor, or embark on a sportfishing trip, attend one of the countless festivals and events held throughout the year, or take a scenic cruise on a paddlewheel riverboat. If you're visiting during the summer, you won't want to miss the Concert by the Sea Summer Series! Boating enthusiasts can enjoy our nine marinas, with thousands of boating slips & landings for every nautical option. With options ranging from peaceful paddling to surfing and whale-watching, this pristine harbor with its dramatic coastline ensures a day filled with exciting and diverse outdoor experiences.

It's Yachtsnard

Boating culture is a thing in Oxnard! Check these tips for boat owners, boat renters and overall boat enthusiasts

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Boating in Oxnard

Set sail on a breathtaking journey across Oxnard’s beautiful waters with our array of boating adventures. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a first-time boater, Oxnard provides a perfect backdrop for your maritime excursion. Choose from leisurely harbor cruises, private yacht charters and exhilarating high-speed boat tours. Each experience promises panoramic views, serene ocean breezes and the chance to spot local wildlife. Embrace the spirit of the sea in Oxnard and create lasting memories on the water! Explore more about what we offer by visiting our page here.

Hotels in Oxnard

Relax at many of our comfortable hotels, including Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott or Best Western Oxnard Inn. Or indulge in a relaxing stay at Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, where you can wake up to Pacific Ocean views.

Whale Watching

See the ocean's gentle giants in one of the world's only officially designated Whale Heritage Areas

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Photo by Lotti Keenan

From Fin to Tail: The Ultimate Sea Safari

Get ready to be wowed by nature's giants! Every winter and spring, between 20,000 to 25,000 Pacific Gray Whales make their epic journey through the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary on their way to Mexico. Don't miss your chance to witness these majestic creatures up close in their natural habitat. And it’s not just whales out in Oxnard’s waters: prepare for pods of dolphins as well as harbor seals. Grab your binoculars and set sail from the Channel Islands Harbor from a variety of professional vendors.

Parks and Trails

Venture outside to Oxnard's scenic parks or wilderness areas just a short drive (or boat ride) from this coastal city.

Your Launchpad for Outdoor Exploration

Seabridge Marina; Photo by Alex Cerball

Oxnard Parks - Parks Within the City

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Oxnard by exploring our parks and scenic spaces. From tranquil walks along waterside pathways to plentiful recreational activities in expansive fields, Oxnard’s parks offer something for everyone. Enjoy picnicking, kicking the soccer ball around or simply relaxing under the California sun. Our parks are perfect for family outings, romantic strolls or a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle. Visit us and reconnect with nature in Oxnard’s welcoming outdoor spaces! Learn more about what you can discover here.

Gateway to Channel Islands National Park

If you're an outdoor enthusiast eager to explore a variety of unique National Parks, consider Oxnard as your ultimate adventure basecamp. Nestled conveniently near both the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park, Oxnard offers easy access to these extraordinary natural wonders. Dive into a world teeming with marine life, kayak beside playful dolphins, or hike trails only footsteps away from where unique species roam. In the winter and summer seasons, you might even spot whales migrating through the channel!

Paradise Falls/Wildwood Regional Park

Oxnard's Nature Neighbors

Just a short drive along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway brings you to Point Mugu State Park, where you can enjoy windsurfing, surf fishing or simply relax on the stunning beaches. Nearby, Los Padres National Forest's 1.75-million-acre expanse awaits with its lush forests and chaparral, offering day trips or longer backpacking excursions. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the challenging trails of Paradise Falls in the Wildwood Regional Park promise exhilarating rides through ancient volcanic landscapes.

Learn more about the National and State Parks and Forests near Oxnard below!


  • Pack Essentials: Always carry a map, plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat when visiting national parks or hiking trails. These items will help you stay hydrated, protected from the sun, and oriented on your journey.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing and sturdy hiking boots to handle the varied terrains of Oxnard's trails. Layering is key, as temperatures can reach comfortable levels during the day but drop into cooler numbers at night.
  • Leave No Trace: Always carry out what you carry in, including trash and leftover food. Stick to marked trails to minimize your impact on the natural environment.
  • Plan Your Visit: Check the weather forecast and park conditions before you head out. Some trails or areas might be closed due to weather or maintenance, so it's best to be informed.
  • Capture Memories, Not Souvenirs: Take plenty of photos, but leave natural objects and landscapes as you find them. Removing rocks, plants or historical artifacts disrupts the ecosystem and is often illegal.

Parks Within 30 Miles

Channel Islands Harbor In Oxnard

The Channel Islands Harbor is your one-stop destination for an exciting day on the water. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and tour around the beautiful and peaceful harbor before lunch. The harbor also offers a dive center as well as many different boat charters. Fishing enthusiasts can set sail on a sportfishing excursion, or you can begin your journey to one of the five Channel Islands here.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

The coasts off Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are teeming with life and home to stellar views and endless fun. We have some of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world which are home to many diverse species and an endless labyrinth of kelp forests. Hop in a kayak and float around next to dolphins playing in the waves.

Channel Islands National Park

The Channel Islands are a sanctuary for numerous species unique to the region. Explore these natural wonders by diving, hiking pristine trails, or camping year-round on any of the five islands. For a special treat, visit from December through April to witness whales during their annual migration. Daily boats from Channel Island and Ventura harbors make it easy to embark on your adventure.

Point Mugu State Park

Drive along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, then set up your tent or RV by some of California’s most stunning coastlines and enjoy a stay in paradise. The area includes more than 70 miles of hiking trails along the hillsides, and is an ideal place to go windsurfing, surf fishing or just kick back and stick your toes in the sand.

Los Padres National Forest

Nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains, the vast expanse of Los Padres National Forest covers over 1.75 million acres, offering a rich tapestry of lush forests, rugged chaparral, sprawling grasslands and coastal vistas in some areas. This diverse landscape is an ideal setting for outdoor enthusiasts, whether you're looking for a leisurely day hike, challenging trails or immersive backpacking and camping trips.

Paradise falls/Wildwood Regional park

Ride the secret mountain biking trails featured in Mountain Bike Action Magazine in the beautiful Conejo Valley. Once littered with now-dormant volcanos that can only be seen from some of the higher elevation mountain biking trails, take your mountain bike adventures to a new level.

Oxnard has something for every adventure enthusiast!

Oxnard's variety of outdoor activities offers something for everyone, whether you're seeking a peaceful escape into nature or an adrenaline-fueled adventure. With our beautiful beaches, scenic parks and exciting water sports, every visit is a chance to create lasting memories. Come and see for yourself why the great outdoors in Oxnard is the place to be for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike!