Take a Day Trip to Oxnard, CA: A Coastal City with Historic Roots

You’ll be blown away by the amount of fun that’s tucked away in Oxnard, CA. As part of Ventura County, Oxnard is a coastal town with many charming Mexican qualities.

Take a day trip to Oxnard and stop in these quaint areas and stunning historic districts for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Hollywood Beach

Known as a hot spot for legendary stars, Hollywood Beach has definitely earned its title. The pristine sands of Oxnard’s coastline caught the eye of Hollywood producers many years ago. Since 1921, Hollywood Beach has been the backdrop of countless movies, been home to Clark Gable, and frequently visited for vacation by Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne. This stretch of Oxnard’s beaches is typically secluded, which is why the stars love Hollywood Beach so much!

Oxnard State Beach and Park

With rolling hills and public barbecue pits, Oxnard State Park and Beach is bound to have some activity during the weekend. Oxnard State Park is a great place for a picnic, flying a kite, or having a barbecue with friends. There are many other activities like volleyball, skating and jogging trails and lots of water activities in the Pacific.

Oxnard’s Historic District

The Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District is the heart of Oxnard. Known for its unique neighborhood, grand fountains, and gorgeous gardens, the Historic District offers a look back in time to 1911! Much of the neighborhood has never sold their homes, passing them down from generation to generation.

Heritage Square

Inside the Historic District you will find Heritage Square. Stop by this city block during your tour of the historic homes and indulge in the quaint town square filled with fountains, beautiful landscape, and a plethora of businesses including a restaurant, live theatre, a wine tasting room and more! You won’t want to miss Oxnard’s Heritage Square. It’s a great place to spend the afternoon.

Wine Central

You may not have heard about Oxnard’s wine background but the wineries along Venture County Wine Trail are within reach and a must-see for vacationers. Herzog Wine Cellars is a modern and stylish winery complete with a luxurious tasting bar, picturesque outdoor terrace, and of course, award winning wines. Magnavino is another favorite in the area for premium wines and their elegant tastes and complexity are a must-have for any wine snob.

Authentic Mexican Fare

Do you have a love for Mexican food? Oxnard has at least 20 Mexican restaurants within 8 blocks of one another and yet, they all thrive in this city! To eat like a local, try out La Gloria on S. Oxnard Boulevard. For cheap tacos, La Gloria is the perfect lunch during a trip to Oxnard.

If you’ve been looking for a one-day getaway from San Diego, Oxnard is the perfect fit for convenience and entertainment. From beaches to wineries, Oxnard has many fun things in store for you!

Photo Credit: Karla Campos