Find adventure in Oxnard, the heart of California’s central coast.
Venture to Oxnard to disconnect in nature, camp under the stars,
and spend the day enjoying your favorite water sports.
CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR
The pristine Channel Islands Harbor serves as the gateway to Channel Islands National Park with fun-filled water adventures, seaside parks and a dramatic coastline. From kayaking in the harbor to surfing solid swells, cruising aboard an authentic paddlewheel riverboat and spotting wildlife on whale-watching tours, there are plenty of outdoor activities right at your fingertips.
With everything you need within a short driving distance, or just steps away, settling in here just makes sense. Relax at many of our comfortable hotels, including Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, or Best Western Oxnard Inn. Looking for something more flash? Indulge in a relaxing stay at Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort, where you can wake up to Pacific Ocean views and luxuriate at their spa before going golfing at the River Ridge Golf Club.
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.
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.
After being isolated for thousands of years the islands are home to many unique species not found anywhere else in the world. Dive off the coast, hike along pristine trails, or camp year-round on any of the five islands. Visit between December and April for a chance to see whales along their annual migration through the channel! Boats leave from the Channel Island and Ventura harbors daily.
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.
Located in the Santa Ynez mountains, the Los Padres National Forest is a 1.75-million-acre area filled with lush forests, chaparral environments, grasslands, and in some areas coastal views. Perfect for hiking day trips or extended backpacking/camping excursions.
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.