We spent a few days in Oxnard, California last week and we absolutely loved it! Oxnard is about an hour drive north of Los Angeles and about forty-five minutes south of Santa Barbara, so it is the perfect mini southern California road trip destination. From the charming harbor to the small beach town feel, the vibes were perfect for a relaxing and romantic weekend getaway. Oxnard feels like the perfect hidden gem in Southern California, because it’s still a beach town, but it’s not too crowded and there are still many so many fun things to do, delicious places to eat, and beautiful white sand beaches to enjoy. Here are 8 unique things to do in Oxnard, California:
8 Unique Things to do in Oxnard, California:
1. Gondola Ride
2. Wander the Sand Dunes at Sunset:
Something that makes Oxnard so unique is that the beaches here have the most beautiful sand dunes. There aren’t a lot of beaches in Southern California that have sand dunes and palm trees in the sand, but Oxnard does! We loved Oxnard State Beach Park, because it’s a beautiful long stretch of sand that makes it so there’s plenty of room to sit, relax, and enjoy the beach. We loved coming here to watch sunset from the sand dunes, because it felt like a unique sunset experience you can’t get at other Southern California beaches! You can also see the Channel Islands from here!
3. Rent a Surrey and Bike the Boardwalk:
We rented a surrey from Wheel Fun Rentals, and it was one of our favorite things we did while we were in Oxnard! You can rent the surreys from Embassy Suite Mandalay Beach Resort, and you can get a two-person or four-person surrey. There’s also a little basket seat in the front for little kiddos and they provide helmets too! Luna loved riding in the front and was seriously smiling the whole time we were riding. It was so cute and such a fun way to get outside and explore as a family. We took the surrey along the boardwalk and around the Oxnard Beach Park and the whole ride had beautiful views! You can rent the surreys by the hour or for the full day. It’s the perfect family-friendly activity, because everyone can pedal and join in the fun (although the person in the driver’s seat is definitely the one doing the most work, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding who’s driving haha)!
4. Have a Picnic on the Beach:
5. Go on a Jet Ski Tour
6. Enjoy a Romantic Dinner at Tierra Sur:
7. Explore the Channel Islands Maritime Museum:
You can’t go to Oxnard without visiting the Channel Islands Harbor. It’s so beautiful and an iconic spot in Oxnard. The Channel Islands Harbor Maritime Museum is right on the harbor and is an entire museum is dedicated to maritime art. There are beautiful maritime paintings from various art movements and intricately detailed models of boats and ships throughout the museum. It’s a really beautiful and unique museum where you can learn a lot about the history of sailing and warships and how maritime played a role in so many cultures throughout history. Once you leave, be sure to head around back to check out the Mystic Cruzer tall ship in the harbor.
8. Pick Your Favorite Meal at The Annex Food Hall:
Where to stay:
Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor:
We had the best time in Oxnard and were so surprised by how easy of a getaway it is from Los Angeles! We will definitely be heading back again soon!