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Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach


Where Suites Meet the Salty Ocean Inspired by the essence of the ocean and the region’s sugary dunes, Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton is a genuinely welcoming, effortlessly sophisticated and authentically SoCal oasis. Perfectly situated between Santa Barbara and Malibu, this secluded oceanfront resort is a short, picturesque drive up the scenic U.S. 1 from Los Angeles. Experience all-suite accommodations designed with the Pacific Ocean directly next door, as a muse. Each suite has everything you need to feel right at home including a full-sized living room, wet bar with refrigerator and microwave, dining area for four and two separate full baths. At Ox & Ocean, enjoy refined cuisine inspired by the bounty of the Oxnard Plain and its pristine coastal waters. For a chic grab-and-go experience, try Sugar Beats, a 30-foot Airstream converted food truck. And unwind in Dive, an intimate lounge with seating to catch the latest game or play round of pool.

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The resort offers 23,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces, including Playa Vista Lawn for a breathtaking beach-view wedding. This perfectly secluded locale is also ideal for team-building retreats and company meetings. Here, under the welcoming glow of the California sun, find exhilarating adventures, divine epicurean delights and blissful relaxation. zacharidunes.com Zachari Dunes

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It’s Yachts’nard MEET THE TEAM

Visit Oxnard team

Game for a nautical adventure? Grab a guest slip with the (pictured below). These “lifestyle mixologists” specialize in showing visitors how to mix things up in Oxnard, California. Find room to relax in the Channel Islands Harbor, the fifth-largest harbor in California for small-craft recreation and gateway to the Channel Islands National Park.

Did You Know?

A new four-story, 210-room Hyatt House Hotel with 270° waterfront views and rooftop bar and outdoor lounge is coming to Peninsula Road in Oxnard. – Elizabeth Maxim Melgoza, Director of Public Relations

Marine Emporium Landing is a one-stop shop for all things water sports: SUP, kayaking, electric boat rentals, jet skiing, Channel Island excursions, boat charters and more. – Julie Mino, President & CEO

SEA LIFE TIP If you happen to be sailing around Oxnard’s nine marinas and see the biggest daddy harbor seal you’ve ever seen - that’s Oxnard’s very own famous resident, Shaquille the Seal! When it comes to eating fish, he’s nothing but net.

The Visit Oxnard office is located at Marine Emporium Landing, adjacent to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, attractions and outdoor spaces. – Michelle Flippo, Operations & Sales Manager

You can check the weather 24/7 at VisitOxnard.com using the Visit Oxnard live cam, positioned across from Peninsula Park with views from the mountains to the ocean. – Brittney Hendricks, VP of Marketing & Communications

LOCAL LEGEND Rumor has it, the first public boat launch ramp constructed in Channel Islands Harbor (opened 1960) was created in the rebellious spirit of its time. “In 1963, a group of locals pooled their resources and built one in the middle of the night at low tide while everyone was sleeping, without approval from any governing bodies,” says Steve Buenger, Visit Oxnard chairman. “My grandmother brought them food to keep ’em going through the night.” Apparently, Ventura County was surprised to find out what had happened, but officials looked the other way until they were able to construct the first officially sanctioned boat launch ramp a few years later. What a rebel move!

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welcome! You Don’t Know Oxnard.

PRESIDENT & CEO Julie Mino

We invite you to come experience it for yourself! Come for a savory adventure and delight your tastebuds with the many eclectic restaurants in Oxnard. We just launched our “Visit Oxnard Restaurant Pass” — a gamified check-in experience that allows you to check out Oxnard’s culinary scene and collect prizes along the way. Go to VisitOxnard.com/RestaurantPass for more information.

VP OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Brittney Hendricks OPERATIONS & SALES MANAGER Michelle Flippo

Soar above the Pacific Ocean with Channel Islands Parasail, and see our seven-mile span of pristine coastline. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or need room to relax, our expansive harbor is home to an abundance of watersports — from jet skiing, to paddleboarding and kayaking, to Duffy boat cruising and deep-sea fishing — we’ve got you covered.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS Elizabeth Maxim Melgoza 3600 Harbor Blvd. #469 Oxnard, CA 93035 805-385-7545 Toll free (800) 2- OXNARD www.visitoxnard.com

PUBLISHER Steve Mitchem steve@destinationcreativegroup.com SENIOR EDITOR Casey Cantrell

The following pages will spark your imagination. Hear the notes from our resounding nightlife and music scene. See why Oxnard packs a punch, earning the name “Boxnard” with its worldclass boxing events and champion-producing training facilities. Auto enthusiasts, get revved up over our car museums and year-round festivals paying homage to classic and custom rides. Transport yourself through time at the sight of historic Victorian-era architecture in Downtown Oxnard. Make lifelong memories in Oxnard, where Pacific Coast Highway meets Highway 101. At the crossroads of Southern California cool and Central Coast leisure, we look forward to welcoming you! With gratitude,

DESIGN DIRECTOR Alyssa Whitehouse CUSTOM CONTENT EDITOR Meghan Modafferi COPY EDITOR Lance Elko

Julie Mino President & CEO, Visit Oxnard

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CONTRIBUTORS

BRALLAN PEREZ FAVELA

Contributors

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER AND VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHER FOR VENTURA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT @BPEREZF Although there are many beautiful places to shoot photography in Oxnard, I have three absolute favorites. At the top level of the parking lot on 3rd and B Street in Downtown Oxnard, you’ll witness a sunset with beautiful towering palm trees in the foreground. Oxnard Beach Park is consistently stunning; once you make your way to the beach, you’ll be presented with dunes, beach grass and ice plants that bloom bright pink flowers with a brilliant background of the Pacific Ocean. Last but not least is the Channel Islands Harbor, where you’ll capture beautiful reflections of the boats and see some sea lions and possibly dolphins. When you’re all done enjoying the views, you can head over to Toppers to enjoy a pizza and beer.

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ALEJANDRA CERBALL An award-winning journalist, writer and editor of alexcerball. com, a Travel + Lifestyle online destination filled with compelling and honest travel tips + resources. On her blog, Alex shares inspiration for your bucket list, travel + adventure itineraries and style guides to help you pack for your next trip.

ELIZABETH MAXIM MELGOZA A public relations professional specializing in luxury travel and lifestyle PR, with over a decade of experience, Elizabeth lives in Oxnard Shores with her husband, son and two dogs. You might even catch them driving around the neighborhood in their family golf cart!

BRITTNEY HENDRICKS A SoCal native, Brittney Hendricks is a marketing professional who lives locally with her husband and their son. A retired professional dancer, she enjoys writing, playing with her dog Siouxsie and is a big fan of Oxnard-based DW Drums.

CASEY CANTRELL Casey Cantrell is a longtime writer, journalist and podcaster based out of Los Angeles. When he’s not working, he’s driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway — always paying a stop in Oxnard.

AUTUMN SCHROCK Autumn Schrock is a travel, astro and landscape photographer. As passionate about the seas as she is the skies, she strives to showcase the immense beauty of our world by encouraging mindful exploration.

LAUREN BONNEY Lauren Bonney is a Bay Area writer and editor specializing in lifestyle, including travel, culture, fitness and food and drink. She has a soft spot for cheese and is a firm believer in a great cup of coffee.

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Contents

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IT’S YACHTS’NARD Grab a guest slip with the Visit Oxnard team and learn how to mix things up.

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TOP 10 REASONS TO EXPLORE OXNARD Come for the beaches, stay for everything else.

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COVER STORY The cover story was shot at Hollywood Beach – Oxnard, California.

WELCOME! Visit Oxnard, an authentic destination on the California Coast.

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Photographer: Autumn Schrock

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PLAN YOUR STAY Hotels for every preference and budget.

CRUISIN’ DOWN THE STREET SoCal’s premier destination for car enthusiasts.

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OXNARD’S DEEP ROOTS Learn about Oxnard’s history as an agricultural powerhouse and shop citywide farmers markets.

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LIVING LA VIDA LOCAL Experience the best of the city’s unique neighborhoods. VIVA LA COMIDA! Enjoy international cuisines without leaving city limits.

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HOPS’NARD Find sips for every occasion.

Models: Cristina Barrientos, Erin Houle, Evan Mendel, Nallely Miranda, Arisa Rowan, Steven Shareef, Patrick Williams More Info: Picnic Table Décor & Set-Up by Palm + Picnic Co.; Charcuterie Board by The Waterside Restaurant; Ford Bronco owned by Tim Dickison; Snare by Oxnard drum manufacturer DW Drums

SAVE THE DATE Festivals, holiday celebrations and more!

ROCKS’NARD Discover the city’s musical legacy.

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DOWNTOWN: THE HEART OF THE CITY Stay a while in Oxnard's historic downtown.

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PARADISE ISLANDS Explore Channel Islands National Park, the “Galápagos of North America.”

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MAKE A SPLASH IN THE WATER From scuba diving to kayaking and parasailing, Oxnard’s waters are your playground.

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Plan Your Stay 1

Find your home away from home at these cozy hotels and inns.

Best Western Oxnard Inn Conveniently located near downtown, the Best Western Oxnard Inn is pet friendly. Visitors can opt for a room with a kitchen/ kitchenette or a whirlpool. Complimentary continental breakfast is provided. Channel Islands Inn & Suites The pet-friendly Channel Islands Inn & Suites features a fitness and business center with complimentary continental breakfast served daily.

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Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Right off Highway 101 in Oxnard’s Financial Plaza, the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard offers easy access to shopping and restaurants. A modern interior coupled with scenic courtyard make for a comfortable stay. Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor With sweeping views of the Channel Islands Harbor, this hotel is a favorite spot for visitors to stay and watch Parade of Lights boats sailing by in the wintertime. The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast buffet or to-go breakfasts for guests on the run.

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Hilton Garden Inn Centrally located and accessible to many area attractions, the Hilton Garden Inn features an onsite restaurant, fitness center and other guest amenities. Adjacent to the hotel is the award-winning Adagio Bella Gardens Banquet Hall.

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Whether you’re looking for a downtown spot or a gorgeous waterfront location, Oxnard has the perfect accommodations for you. Find the right hotel or inn for you and your family.


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Homewood Suites Missing home? Homewood Suites helps you settle in with one- and two-room suites that feature separate living and sleeping areas. Accessible rooms and an onsite fitness center are offered in addition to a wide variety of amenities, including outdoor pool and complimentary evening socials. 3

Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge With the gorgeous River Ridge Golf Course serving as its backdrop, the Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge is a perfect place to call home during your stay with spacious suites that include full kitchens and sleeper sofas. Complimentary breakfast is offered daily. The pet-friendly property features two pools, a fitness room and tennis courts. It’s also the site where the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp is held each summer. Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach The Four Diamond–rated Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach offers spacious, two-room suites with two bathrooms and separate living and dining areas — plus incredible beachfront views. Stop by for delicious California cuisine at the hotel’s onsite fine dining restaurant, Ox & Ocean. O

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Plan Your Event

NEED A VENUE FOR YOUR UPCOMING MEETING OR SPECIAL EVENT? OXNARD HAS YOU COVERED. BEST WESTERN OXNARD INN Event Space: 600 sq. ft. Meeting Capacity: 3 meeting rooms, largest accommodating up to 50 people Meeting Amenities: AV equipment, copier, fax, internet access COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT OXNARD Event Space: 10,000 sq. ft. Meeting Capacity: Customizable facilities accommodating up to 500 people Meeting Amenities: AV equipment, computers, printers, copier, fax, internet access

HOMEWOOD SUITES Event Space: 950 sq. ft. Meeting Capacity: 2 meeting rooms ideal for small board meetings Meeting Amenities: Business center, internet access RESIDENCE INN OXNARD RIVER RIDGE Event Space: 10,843 sq. ft. Meeting Capacity: 8 meeting rooms, largest accommodating up to 750 people Meeting Amenities: Business center, AV

equipment, copier, fax, personal computer, internet access ZACHARI DUNES ON MANDALAY BEACH Event Space: 16,000 sq. ft. Meeting Capacity: Multiple facilities with flexible meeting space. Oceanfront outdoor function space. Meeting Amenities: Business center, AV equipment, computers, printers, copier, fax, internet access

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR NEXT BUSINESS RETREAT IN OXNARD? Contact Michelle Flippo at (805) 385-7545 or michelle@visit oxnard.com.

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HAMPTON INN Event Space: 312 sq. ft. Meeting Capacity: 30 theater-style, 10 classroom-style Meeting Amenities: Business center, copy services, fax HILTON GARDEN INN Event Space: 1,878 sq. ft. Meeting Capacity: 4 meeting rooms; adjacent to Adagio Bella Garden Banquet Hall, accommodating up to 400 people Meeting Amenities: Business center, internet access

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Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge Whether you’re in town for work or play, RESIDENCE INN OXNARD RIVER RIDGE has the right mix of full-service amenities and plenty of ways to unwind. Take a dip in the pool, relax in the outdoor spa or practice your tennis serve. The property is located next door to the 36-hole River Ridge Golf Club. Enjoy the view from a fire-pit patio table, or make a tee time. Ready to explore? Rent a bike and pedal five minutes to The Collection at RiverPark, with dozens of shops and restaurants. You’ll find all the comforts of home, too. Enjoy spacious suites with kitchens, free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Planning a big event? There’s more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Work hard, play hard. marriott.com/oxrri

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Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard/Ventura Comfort and convenience go hand-in-hand at COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT OXNARD/VENTURA. Contemporary guest rooms and suites offer the comforts of home — flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and microwaves in every room and complimentary Wi-Fi. This is a centrally located hotel whether you’re here for work or play. Additional amenities include an onsite fitness center, pool, whirpool and business center, plus 10,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. marriott.com/OXRVO

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Hampton Inn by Hilton Channel Islands Harbor

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Overlooking Channel Islands Harbor and situated in a neighborhood of relaxing sunsets and adventurous activities, this award-winning hotel features modern guest rooms with a private patio or balcony. Enjoy complimentary internet and an appetizing breakfast. The friendly staff anticipates your arrival and welcomes you to Harbor Life! channelislandsharbor.hamptoninn.com

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Best Western Oxnard Inn Looking for an incredible value? Check in to BEST WESTERN OXNARD INN and sleep soundly in a recently upgraded room. Accommodations range from standard guest rooms to a variety of suites — including some with in-room Jacuzzis. The hotel’s convenient location is just minutes from Channel Islands Harbor, shopping, wine tasting and pristine beaches. Additional property perks include free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast and access to the outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center and business center. Plus, Best Western Oxnard Inn is one of the few pet-friendly hotels in Oxnard — so you don’t have to leave your four-legged friend behind! bestwesternoxnard.com |

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RELOCATION

Live in Oxnard Make your beach getaway your new home! Just a short drive from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, Oxnard offers the best of the Central Coast — perfect weather, vibrant community and plenty to see and do.

RE/MAX Gold Coast Property Management Whether you’re here for a weekend or year round, trust your local experts at RE/MAX GOLD COAST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT to handle all your real estate needs. stayatthesea.com | stayvcrentals.com

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Sotheby’s International Realty With a business name that’s recognized worldwide and a Channel Islands knowledge that can only come from living locally, SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION has local experts for your coastal real estate needs. SothebysRealty.com |

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CAR CULTURE LOCAL HOT SPOTS

Cruisin’ Down the Street Classic and custom rides abound at SoCal’s premier destination for car enthusiasts.

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by Brittney Hendricks Oxnard is quickly gaining traction as one of California’s top destinations for gearheads of all stripes, and it’s easy to see why. Hosting dozens of car shows, cruise nights and meetups every year, the city regularly treats visitors to the impressive sights and roaring sounds of vintage hot rods, deckedout lowriders, sleek imports and overpowered muscle cars in all their gas-guzzling glory. Oxnard’s car culture stretches back to the 1970s, when locals founded a series of lowrider clubs to talk shop, organize events benefiting the community and show off their custom rides with fellow gearheads. Many of those original clubs are still active today, and their members can be found showcasing their whips at many of the monthly and annual car shows and events. The city is also home to two of Southern California’s premier automotive museums, The Mullin Automotive Museum and The Murphy Auto Museum. A tribute to the masterpieces of French craftmanship from the Art Deco and Machine eras, The Mullin houses one of the finest collections of historic French automobiles in the world, from prestigious Bugattis and Voisins to winning cars from historic races such as Grand Prix de Pau and Le Mans. Just over a mile away, Murphy’s impressive rotating exhibit of more than 50 antique and vintage American cars spans over a century, from beautifully restored Model Ts to old-school Cadillacs to contemporary muscle cars. The museum also features an exhibit dedicated to vintage campers, the Fireball Art Gallery and a gift shop stocked with the “World’s Best Coloring Books” by Fireball Publishing. Enjoy the ride! O

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1: Discover why Oxnard is a gearhead’s paradise at one of the city’s many car shows; 2: Vintage rides are everywhere in Oxnard.

Take in hot rods, lowriders and vintage rides of every shape and size at Oxnard car shows and festivals. Scan the QR code for more info on car events happening in the area.

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Oxnard’s Deep Roots Don’t skip a beet at Oxnard’s spectacular farmers markets.

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Take a drive to Oxnard, and it’s easy to see why this coastal town is the ideal place for strawberries, lemons and avocados to grow. With perfect year-round weather, Oxnard ships produce worldwide and is California’s largest strawberry producer, with the California Strawberry Festival held at Oxnard’s College Park each spring. How Oxnard Became an Agricultural Powerhouse Oxnard was built on agriculture. In 1897, Albert Maulhardt and Johannes Borchard planted sugar beets in town. Soon after, Henry T. Oxnard built the Sugar Beet Factory and a railroad line to transport the products. Although the Sugar Beet Factory was demolished in 1959, Oxnard is still the place to visit for top fresh produce. Oxnard’s Best Farmers Markets For the best fruit and veggies in town, visit Oxnard’s farmers markets. The Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market is the place to be for locally grown produce, nuts and honey. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab a cup of coffee or a smoothie and head to the beach for a morning stroll before they open. Busy on the weekends? Bring your reusable shopping bags and introduce yourself to fresh

local produce at the Downtown Oxnard Farmers Market on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hidden Gems Worth Exploring On our list of the top hidden gems in Oxnard, you’ll find the Oxnard Historic Farm Park. The structures on this one-acre farm date back to 1870. Step back in time and explore the vintage tractors and bean threshers, and check out the barley, corn, sugar beets and lima beans grown on-site. The park is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or by appointment. Whether you’re planning a road trip, family getaway or weekend adventure, Oxnard is a must-visit destination to add to your list. Visit our beaches, kayak in the Channel Islands Harbor, and stock up on your favorite veggies and fresh fruit before you head home. We can’t wait to see you here! O

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QUENTIN FLOYD RADIO DJ, 99.3 FM RHYTHM OF THE COAST Music in Oxnard is alive and rocking! Enjoy live music at the 805 LIVE, a monthly music event that takes place in various locations around Oxnard. Visiting for the weekend? I recommend stopping by 1901 Speakeasy. The atmosphere, ambiance and staff makes 1901 my favorite place to enjoy live music in Oxnard and as you’re driving around Oxnard, check out our radio stations. The “Mambo in the Morning and the 805 Locals” radio show is a favorite.

Beats By Oxnard

Get the perfect soundtrack for your Central Coast getaway! We bring you the official playlist of Oxnard — featuring a mix of Latin, rock, indie, hip-hop and electro-pop artists who’ve lived and recorded right here in the “Strawberry Capital of California.” Scan this QR Code to open the Spotify app and listen.

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Rocks’nard Turn up the volume for Oxnard in audio.

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When it comes to rocking out, no one does it like Oxnard. Thanks to a vibrant music scene that has produced some of the biggest names in rock, hip-hop, metal and more, this beloved beach town has become a musical mecca in its own right. Discover rising stars at one of the city’s popular venues, dance the day (and night) away at a music festival, or check out a piece of music history. Locals in the Limelight Beginning in the first half of the 20th century, Oxnard served as an escape for actors, artists, musicians and producers seeking refuge from the chaotic mix of Angeleno life. After an influx of Hollywood stars — including Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne — famous musicians started to follow, flocking to the city’s coastal neighborhoods. From iconic ’60s duo Sonny and Cher to Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, Oxnard continues to be a home-base for some of the biggest names in music.

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Oxnard has produced plenty of stars, too. Bigname artists such as Oxnard native and Grammy winner Anderson .Paak got their start right here in the city, and entire genres of music have taken off within city limits. Take “Nardcore,” for instance — a musical style emphasizing raw sounds and turbulent tempo changes. This influential hardcore punk-rock subgenre originated in Oxnard in the 1970s and gave rise to bands like Agression, Dr. Know, Nails and Ill Repute. And Oxnard’s hip-hop scene has produced top-tier talent including Declaime, Lootpack, Madlib and M.E.D. — integral game changers in West Coast hip-hop’s eclectic, neo-soul stylings of the late ’90s. Today, a new generation of local music influencers are taking the stage: Anderson, Paak, Brooke Candy and Cola Boyy are topping charts with their festivalworthy verses, turning ears Oxnard’s way to hear what’s next to come.


Rock ‘n’ Roll Landmark The L.A. Times called it “a place of such hyper-coolness that it operated without any buzz at all.” The newspaper was referring to Oxnard’s Teatro — a rundown cinema turned recording studio where some of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest artists have imprinted their musical signature, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Iggy Pop and Kenny Rogers, to name just a few. Willie Nelson famously recorded an entire album here in 1998, using the building’s iconic façade for the album’s cover. Closed in 2000, the recording studio remains padlocked behind Teatro’s doors — a slice of music history hidden away on the corner of Oxnard Boulevard and Sixth Street.

Summer Concerts & Music Festivals Music is in the air every summer in Oxnard. Catch timeless classics from rock ‘n’ roll cover bands at Rock the Collection in Collection Park, sail through sound waves at Peninsula Park’s Concerts by the Sea or explore eclectic music genres surrounded by Victorian-era houses at Summer Concerts at Heritage Square. Come to the Oxnard Salsa Festival for all things salsa — the spicy sauce and the music — and stay for the festivities, including a battle of the bands, dancing with the community stars and a kid’s zone. The expansive lawns of Oxnard Beach Park set the stage for the Oxnard Jazz Festival, a day-long celebration of jazz in all its forms.

Drum Roll Please… By private appointment only, visitors can book a weekday tour of the world headquarters for Drum Workshop, an internationally acclaimed drum kit and hardware manufacturer founded in 1972. Drum Workshop boasts an impressive artist roster, including Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Neil Peart (Rush) and Josh Freese (The Vandals, Guns N’ Roses and Devo). Also locally grown, Era Drum Company is an Oxnard-based kit builder dressing shells in glitter, pearlescent and wood finishes worthy of thunderous applause. Guitar-maker Larrivée also calls Oxnard home. A Toronto transplant, the company prides itself on its craftsmanship by hand-picking tone woods from forests in India, Spain and other countries.

Live Music Venues Revel in live music at Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen, which features a rotation of resident bands, or slow down to marina melodies at The Waterside Restaurant. Catch a three-day weekend’s worth of live entertainment at The Shores Oxnard, or descend a staircase into a prohibition-style cellar for a unique auditory experience at 1901 Speakeasy. O

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Drum Workshop’s Headquarters and Custom Shop From the forest to the stage, DRUM WORKSHOP mixes innovative science with an eye for artistry and an obsession with sound. And that’s just one part of this percussion powerhouse. The DW showroom is a drummer’s paradise — and also one of Southern California’s most unique stops. Some of the world’s top players’ drum sets were made right here in the Oxnard custom shop: Mick Fleetwood, Don Henley, Sheila. E., Dave Grohl, Bruno Mars and many others. Want to play where the pros do? Oxnard Factory Tours include the whole drum-making process — from raw wood veneer to finished instrument — plus a tuning lesson, history of the company, a chance to see where the hardware is made and a “hands on” showroom experience. Taking place on Thursday afternoons, the tours require a two-day advance reservation. Hit it! dwdrums.com |

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Copper Blues Oxnard Enjoy live music Tuesday through Sunday at COPPER BLUES OXNARD. There’s a great mix of original rock and tribute bands, plus a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, and salsa and mariachi on Sundays. Next door to Levity Live in The Collection at RiverPark complex. copperblueslive.com/oxnard |

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Levity Live Comedy Club Need a good laugh? Check the calendar at LEVITY LIVE COMEDY CLUB, which has shows nearly every night of the week. This is where some of the biggest names in comedy come, from Joe Rogan to Gabriel Iglesias. The 400-seat club also has a full-service restaurant. Planning a big event? From corporate meetings and team-building retreats to awards shows and parties, Levity Live will take it to the next level. Next door to Copper Blues in The Collection at RiverPark complex.

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ARTS, CULTURE FESTIVALS LOCAL&HOT SPOTS

Oxnard Historic Farm Park

Culture Club Oxnard is more than a beach town — it's a cultural gem. Discover a treasure trove of art, history, music, film, events and more in this vibrant city.

Dating back to the 1870s and offering a slice of local history, the site is located on one acre of land containing vintage farm implements and historic crop samples. Available for events and tours; open Tuesdays and Saturdays. oxnardfarmpark.org

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum THE REAGAN LIBRARY is one of California’s most beautiful and unique destinations. Tour through the actual Air Force One that flew seven U.S. presidents. View a full-scale replica of the Oval Office. Touch an authentic piece of the Berlin Wall. The library is also home to President and Mrs. Reagan’s memorial site. reaganlibrary.com |

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LOCALCULTURE HOT SPOTS ARTS, & FESTIVALS

Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Oxnard College Yolanda’s Mexican Café

In a spectacular harbor-front setting, browse a world-class collection that includes more than 80 highly detailed ship models, maritime paintings (including seascape paintings from 17th-century Dutch masters) and a research library. Take a tour and be inspired!

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Oxnard Film Society The Murphy Auto Museum Celebrating over 100 years of the automobile, THE MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM showcases more than 45 vintage vehicles plus the allnew nostalgic automotive art gallery, The Fireball Gallery. Don’t miss “Muscles and and Mojo,” the museum’s exclusive cars and coffee event — third Sundays of the month, 8 to 10 a.m.

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The OXNARD FILM SOCIETY, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, brings critically acclaimed foreign and independent films to Ventura County. Check out the Monday Night Foreign Film Series, which screens thought-provoking films on the first and third Mondays each month at Plaza Cinemas 14, Downtown Oxnard’s Centennial Plaza.


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Banana Festival at the Port of Hueneme The BANANA FESTIVAL is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes tour of Ventura County’s only working port, all while enjoying great food, live bands, kids activities and gorgeous beach weather.

California Strawberry Festival Bring the family to the CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. The event celebrates all things berry — more than 50 food booths, rides, concerts, and arts and crafts vendors. Even sweeter? Festival proceeds benefit local charities. See VisitOxnard.com/events for dates. castrawberryfestival.org

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Mark your calendars for the hottest event of the summer! OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL celebrates all things salsa — the food, music and dance! Featuring non-stop salsa bands, salsa dancing and salsa tasting plus authentic foods, arts and crafts, and a fun kids zone. See VisitOxnard.com/events for dates. oxnardsalsafestival.com

SANTA TO THE SEA is a sanctioned half marathon, quarter-marathon, relay, 5K run and 1K run. Held on the second Sunday of December, this fun and festive event showcases and supports local communities through food and toy collections and college scholarships. santatothesea.com

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DOWN TOWN TH E H EA RT OF TH E CI T Y

Gather with friends in the courtyard at Heritage Square over an elegant table designed by Oxnard-based Pop Up Party, with live music from Mariachi Aguilas de Oxnard and incredible food prepared by The 1901 just steps away.

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Destination Downtown Experience Oxnard’s unique history and culture. BY A L E JA N D R A C E R BA L L Come and experience the historical sites and rich heritage in Downtown Oxnard. Here you’ll find a diverse culinary scene, artisan boutiques and beautiful Victorian homes dating back to the 1800s. You won’t want to miss the summer concert series, cultural events and weekly Farmers Market in the vibrant city center. A tapestry of history, arts and eats, Downtown Oxnard has it all. DAYDREAMING OF YOUR NEXT CULINARY ADVENTURE? Discover why Downtown Oxnard is fast becoming the place to wine and dine. Sample authentic Mexican food, artisan wineries, desserts and more. Visit the family-owned Rancho Ventavo Cellars at The Scarlett House in Heritage Square for a red wine tasting. Take your taste buds on an Italian-Mediterranean fusion adventure at The 1901, followed by Prohibition-style cocktails at 1901 Speakeasy. In the mood for a sweet treat? Sink your teeth into traditional ​​ Mexican pastries, fusion crepes and raspados at Xielo Artisan Desserts. Take home fresh fruits and veggies at the local Farmers Market held every Thursday morning. Connect with local vendors and sample good eats made from ingredients grown right here in Oxnard.

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OXNARD WALKING TOUR Discover the past and visit Oxnard’s iconic downtown locations and landmarks. The palm trees on C Street were planted back in 1904. The first pagoda in Plaza Park was built in 1910, and the Carnegie Art Museum (formerly the Library) was completed in 1907. Not to mention, iconic buildings like Teatro on Oxnard Boulevard (made famous by Willie Nelson), Vogue Theater and the Woolworth Building, which was an original five-and-dime store. Snap a selfie at any of these historic locations and tag us @VisitOxnardCA on Instagram. Take a journey back in time at the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District, and visit the more than 140 Craftsman, Spanish Colonial and revival period bungalow-style houses in the area. Did you know Oxnard was named one of the Top 10 Christmas Towns in America by Fox News and The NY Post? These 10 city blocks transform into the festive Christmas Tree Lane with dazzling holiday lights displays in December. It’s a local holiday tradition you won’t want to miss! O PHOTO CREDIT

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Anthony Bourdain once said that Mexican cuisine is “older even than the great cuisines of Europe, and often deeply complex, refined, subtle and sophisticated. … It could be, should be, one of the most exciting cuisines on the planet, if we paid attention.” And if you pay attention around our wonderful City of Oxnard, you will experience the joy of tasting a tremendous variety of Mexican cuisine — amazing dishes from different regions of Mexico, many made from old family recipes. It’s not just Taco Tuesday and breakfast burritos — the vast universe of Mexican cuisine that is “deeply complex, refined, subtle and sophisticated” can be discovered in Oxnard. It’s certainly my favorite cuisine in Oxnard, and I enjoy finding new dishes all the time!

1: Dine with friends at Sushiway in Downtown Oxnard; 2: Tie the knot at Heritage Square; 3: Explore the sights, day or night; 4: Carnegie Art Museum.

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A tapestry of history, arts and eats, Downtown Oxnard has it all. From food truck emporiums to family-friendly festivals held year-round, there are countless opportunities to fill your day planner with fun and adventure. 1: Discover larger-than-life Growth mural by Mauricio Ramirez in Downtown Oxnard; 2: Check out vintage cars and historic architecture. Photo credit Rosendo Jimenez; 3: Make it a night at Heritage Square.

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Meet Me Downtown Downtown Oxnard has the best of both worlds — a vibrant atmosphere with historic charm. Find public art, street musicians, indie retailers and authentic eats, plus a weekly market and outdoor festivals that bring visitors to the city center year-round. downtownoxnard.org

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For more than 30 years, HUNAN GARDEN has been Oxnard’s choice for Chinese cuisine. Generations-old recipes feature Hunan and Szechuanstyle dishes, from handmade dumplings to creative combination plates. Feel like family as you dine in, take out or enjoy delivery. hunangardenofoxnard.com

Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina Craving fresh, authentic Mexican food? Head straight to CABO SEAFOOD GRILL & CANTINA, where the tortillas are made fresh. Start with the custom guacamole, prepared tableside, then try the camarones verdes, large shrimp broiled in tomatillo salsa. caboseafoodgrill.com |

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Sipping in Style The aptly named Café Dolce Vita has everything you need for one sweet afternoon. Stop on by for a delicious latte, brewed from Intelligentsia beans and paired with unique syrups like lavender or rosé vanilla. If you’re more of a tea person, you’re in luck, too. You can choose from refreshing beverages like ginger plum or lemongrass mélange iced tea. Stick around for sandwiches on crispy brioche or decadent desserts like tiramisu and affogato. And linger for a while along the cleverly curated aisles of Asian candy collectibles. Tucked inside the Oxnard Transit Center in Downtown Oxnard, this café will lift your spirits and sate your appetite.

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Oxnard Eats From taquerias to taco trucks, fine dining to street food, Oxnard’s culinary scene is bursting with delectable delights. Indulge your inner foodie with some of the best food on the Central Coast.

BG’s Cafe Celebrating 50 Years in Business “The Favorite Downtown Hangout” since 1971, BG’S CAFE specializes in locally sourced food in a family-style atmosphere. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, the Oxnard restaurant serves deli-style sandwiches, delicious salads and hot comfort food, such as homemade buttermilk biscuits and gravy. bgscafe.com

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Otani’s Seafood The Otani family has been a mainstay in Oxnard since 1908, and their downtown restaurant, OTANI’S SEAFOOD, has served Japanese-style seafood since 1952. Check out the history photo wall and see why locals call Otani’s a “mini museum.” And with all-day happy hour specials, it’s always a good time to stop by. otanis-seafood.com

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Heritage Square In Downtown Oxnard, HERITAGE SQUARE is home to more than 25 businesses and hosts events in a quaint setting where gardens and fountains surround a main courtyard and Victorian-era homes. Docent-led tours are offered every weekend through Friends of Heritage Square. Here’s what else you’ll find. heritagesquareoxnard.com | heritagesquareoxnard

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THE 1901 & 1901 SPEAKEASY Have a drink at 1901 Speakeasy before enjoying a plate of authentic Italian food. Savor the sweet life! 1901speakeasy.com, ladolcevi-

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HERITAGE COFFEE Enjoy specialty coffee from around the world, espresso drinks, locally made pastries and a gift shop.

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The River Ridge Golf Club For country club quality at public prices, make a tee time at RIVER RIDGE GOLF CLUB. This championship 36-hole public golf facility has a magnificent clubhouse with full-service golf shop, meeting rooms, a café and complete banquet facilities. The Club also has a driving range, practice chipping and putting greens. riverridge-golfclub.com

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Find Your Vibe

Ventura County Coast is an oasis of fun. While in Oxnard, don’t miss the chance to see the rest of VENTURA COUNTY COAST. Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme are four cities that complement each other to give you endless stories. Hike, kayak, snorkel or explore tide pools in the Channel Islands National Park, accessible through Oxnard’s harbor. Enjoy Ventura’s antique shopping, stroll along Port Hueneme’s iconic pier, and golf renowned courses in Camarillo. Experience the outdoor activities that make Ventura County Coast such a desirable place to be. Find your vibe in Ventura County Coast. Learn more at venturacountycoast.com

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Discover the wild shores and natural beauty of the Channel Islands National Park.

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1: Retreat to Smugglers Cove on Santa Cruz Island; 2 & 4: See unique wildlife up close under the water; 3: Explore the pristine sea via kayak; 5: Hike among the wildflowers at Santa Cruz Island; 6: Spot (but don’t feed!) the native island foxes; 7: Visit the Anacapa Island Lighthouse. 5

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ust off the mainland, discover a world untouched at the Channel Islands National Park. This archipelago rises dramatically from the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean across the Santa Barbara Channel from Oxnard and is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. Only accessible by boat or plane, few visitors make the trip to these stunning, one-of-a-kind isles, resulting in a paradise rich in natural and cultural history. The five islands that comprise the national park are filled with diverse ecosystems that can be enjoyed in rugged solitude. Catch a ferry to any of these beautiful islands for a single day of exploration or an entire week of discovery.

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ANACAPA ISLAND Open year-round, 1�⁄�-hour channel crossing Guests to Anacapa Island will be greeted by towering sea cliffs, formed by years of gentle erosion. Explore the windswept landscape with roughly two miles of trails to roam. • Much of the island’s flora lies dormant for most of the year until exploding into a world of colors in the early spring. • Anacapa boasts thousands of seafaring birds, including the largest population of California brown pelicans and western gulls. We recommend avid birders plan a visit from May through June to see fluffy western gull chicks huddled in their nests right off the main trails. • The island is home to the 1932 Anacapa Island Lighthouse; wander to the highest point to see the station and for a glimpse of the famous Arch Rock in the ocean below.

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Rising dramatically from deep, blue waters and only accessible by boat or plane, few visitors make the trip to these stunning isles, resulting in a paradise rich in natural and cultural history. Spend a day (or more!) discovering the islands for yourselves.

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND Open year-round 1�⁄�-hour channel crossing The largest island in California, Santa Cruz Island is comprised of more than 96 square miles of pristine land including two mountain ranges; a central valley and fault line; deep watery canyons; and 77 miles of rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and so much more. • On the northwest side of the island resides one of the largest sea caves in the world: Painted Cave is a quarter-mile long and 100-feet wide. Kayakers can explore the deep recesses of the colorful cavern named for the various lichen and algae decorating its interior. • With few predators native to the island, a huge bounty of plant species, land animals, seabirds and ocean-dwelling creatures have thrived here. Visitors are encouraged to discover this wild beauty, just as the Native Americans did 10,000 years ago. • Snorkel right off Scorpion Anchorage, or picnic along the shore at Prisoners Harbor. Those looking to stay on terra firma can take a leisurely stroll along the well-marked trails in Scorpion Valley or go for a heart-pumping hike in the Montañon region. • If you need more time to discover all that Santa Cruz offers, pitch a tent at one of the island’s campgrounds, including those at family-friendly Scorpion Ranch or within the Del Norte Backcountry.

SANTA ROSA ISLAND: FOX’NARD Open March through November 2-hour channel crossing Just west of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island takes on a different ecological form than its larger sibling. • The island is famous for a rare subspecies of Torrey pine, as well as some of the Channel Islands’ native plants and ani6 mals, including the island fox — the national park’s largest native land-based mammal. • Additionally, the current ecosystem is rich with canyon grasses, nesting bald eagles and lagoons. • Santa Rosa was once a reflection of a prehistoric world. In 1994, paleontologists unearthed the remains of a pygmy mammoth, a Pleistocene-era endemic species that roamed the island and grew to a height of about six feet. The preserved skeleton of the miniature

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SANTA BARBARA ISLAND Open April through October 2-hour channel crossing At just one-square mile, Santa Barbara is the smallest of the five Channel Islands in the park. Nevertheless, the little isle teems with life. • An underwater volcanic eruption helped form the island’s twin-peaked mesa that juts upward from the triangular-shaped landmass. • A surprising variety of native songbirds, such as the horned lark, orange-crowned warbler and house finch, live in the brush and grasses peppering the landscape. The melodies of songbirds mingle with the bellows and barks of northern elephant seals and sea lions on the shore, creating a unique symphony. • Due to its isolation, Santa Barbara is a fantastic place to go swimming, snorkeling and kayaking, with water access only available at Landing Cove.

SAN MIGUEL ISLAND Open July through October 3�⁄�-hour channel crossing The westernmost and most isolated island, San Miguel is a staging area for an almost daily battle of the elements. High winds and dense fog hit the shores of the island, resulting in a harsh but beautiful landscape. • Hikers who make the all-day guided trek across the island will find gorgeous vistas and sights of wildlife. • Thousands of pinnipeds reside at Point Bennett, using the secluded beach as a breeding ground. Offshore, marine mammals such as dolphins, gray whales, orcas and even blue whales frequent the waters. • Access to San Miguel is by permit only, but it’s worth it — the island is spectacular. O

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“One thing I do at the end of a hike is invite visitors to find a quiet spot and listen to the island. If people care about the islands, they’ll continue to be protected.” – BETHANY SZCZEPANSKI, PARK GUIDE

“Keep wildlife wild. The island foxes won’t run away so quickly. We encourage visitors not to approach or feed the foxes, though you can take pictures and observe them.” – LAURA SHASKEY, WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST

“The waters are a boater’s paradise, but we recommend using chart plotters or the Whale Alert app. Unless you have a GPS, there’s nobody out there, and there are no landmarks to guide you." – MERRILL MCCAULEY, PROTECTION RANGER

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From scuba diving among the kelp forests to parasailing above the sea, aquatic adventures await you in Oxnard. BY CA S E Y CA N T R E L L Surfing and sailing and fishing — oh my! In Oxnard, there’s no limit to the maritime fun you can have. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing kayaking expedition in the harbor, a high-octane jet-ski ride on the waves or an unforgettable whale-watching experience at sea, you’ll find it here in this blissful beach town. NATURE’S GENTLE GIANTS Take a ride aboard The Sunfish with Channel Islands Expeditions to the Santa Barbara Channel; explore coastal reefs, kelp forests and shipwrecks. See whales and dolphins up close with Channel Islands Dolphin Adventures and Channel Islands Whale Watching.” RIDE THE WAVES Catch some waves without the crowds at Oxnard’s pristine beaches. For all your surfing needs, visit Anacapa Surf n’ Sport to shop its broad selection of surfboards, wetsuits and athletic wear, or race your way across the waves with Southern California Jet Skis. For a relaxing morning workout, join a stand-up paddleboard yoga class in the Channel Islands Harbor with Sea Dog Yoga, then pick up kayaks at Channel Islands Kayak Center. Cruise the harbor waters at your own pace, or enjoy a family-friendly tour where you’ll learn the history of the Channel Islands and meet “Chippy,” the Channel Islands pygmy mammoth.

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DOLPHINS Three varieties of dolphins are known to congregate here — common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

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SAIL AWAY Tired of cars and airplanes? Charter a boat and take to the seas on a nautical adventure you won’t soon forget. Sail Channel Islands treats passengers to a truly spectacular sailing experience. Parties of four can explore the Channel Islands for up to five days and visit the remote Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands. For some quick sightseeing, Island Packers offers the fastest passage (approximately one hour each way) to the popular Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. Make your next event truly special aboard the Scarlett Belle, a restored paddlewheel riverboat, or escape on a private yacht courtesy of Marina Sailing. Go on a high-flying adventure with Channel Islands Parasail. Feel your cares float away as you soar over

a thousand feet in the air, catching sight of wildlife frolicking in the waters below. GONE FISHIN’ Set out on a deep-sea fishing trip with Channel Islands Sportfishing, which offers live bait, a tackle shop and 11 charter boats for half-day, full-day and multi-day trips. The friendly captains at Hook’s Landing make every trip special, whether you’re a seasoned seafarer or a fishing newbie. O 1: Dive into the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; 2: Paddle out on the Channel Islands Harbor; 3: Go fishing on board a charter boat; 4: Go ocean kayaking with Channel Islands Expeditions.

GARIBALDI One of the brightestcolored fishes off the California coast, this orange-red fish is easy to spot — and it’s not shy, either. Fiercely territorial, garibaldis are known to swim right up to divers. BALD EAGLES Due to hunting and pollution, this formerly endangered bird disappeared from the Channel Islands in the 1950s. Fortunately, a reintroduction program released 61 young bald eagles on the islands between 2002 and 2006, and the species is slowly thriving again.

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Set Sail in Oxnard

The scenic Channel Islands Harbor offers unparalleled opportunities to explore Oxnard's coastal waters your way. Hop aboard a charter boat, paddle out for yoga or kayak the calm marina waters — the sea is calling!

Hook’s Sportfishing From overnight island trips to half-day excursions, you’ll make unforgettable memories on board HOOK’S SPORTFISHING’s boats. All levels can learn from these fourth-generation saltwater fishers. hookslanding.net

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Find your zen in a natural marine environment. Select from private or group stand-up paddleboarding yoga lessons, and SUP instruction in scenic Channel Islands Harbor. seadogyoga.com

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Channel Islands Harbor While in Oxnard, you must explore the Channel Islands Harbor. This can’t-miss destination has something for everyone. Hop on a jet ski, kayak, stand-up paddleboard or electric boat. Begin your journey sailing, sport fishing, whale watching or head to the Channel Islands National Park. Visit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Enjoy mouth-watering local cuisine. Surf uncrowded beaches. Relax at a waterside park and watch a breathtaking sunset over the ocean. Whether you live around the corner or you’re unplugging for a weekend adventure, the scenic Channel Islands Harbor is worth the trip. Just about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, the Harbor’s sparkling coastline awaits. channelislandsharbor.org

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Gondola Paradiso See a different side of Oxnard during a 50-minute gondola ride with GONDOLA PARADISO. Glide under bridges and through canals around Channel Islands Harbor. Each cruise is private and seats up to six people, making this a great choice for a romantic or family event, day or night. Bring your favorite beverage and toast to a serene experience in Oxnard. gondolaparadiso.com |

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Enjoy a casual bicycle trip along Oxnard’s sprawling shoreline with WHEEL FUN RENTALS. The rental shop is conveniently located at the beautiful Zachari Dunes Mandalay Beach and offers four-wheel Surrey cycles, specialty bikes, beach cruisers, beach chairs and umbrellas, boogie boards and so much more! wheelfunrentals.com/oxnard

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MARINE EMPORIUM LANDING

Down by the Water Whether you’re looking for a day out on the water, casual waterfront dining or something in between, MARINE EMPORIUM LANDING has plenty to offer. Book a fishing trip or harbor cruise, explore on a jet ski or kayak, or just take in those waterfront views while dining al fresco. There’s so much to discover. marineemporiumlanding.com |

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The Waterside Restaurant Nothing takes an exquisite meal to the next level like sweeping views of the Channel Islands Harbor. THE WATERSIDE RESTAURANT’S California fare includes daily seafood specials with a Mediterranean influence. Each classically inspired dish is prepared with local ingredients, sourced from the Oxnard Plain and its coastal waters. Don’t miss this premier destination for waterfront dining and decadent eats. watersidechannelislands.com

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Channel Islands Kayak Center Choose your own adventure among a host of recreational options with CHANNEL ISLANDS KAYAK CENTER. Select from kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, history and wildlife tours, as well as guided cave kayak tours great for groups and families. cikayak.com

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Channel Islands Parasail A trip to Southern California isn’t quite complete without viewing its spectacular coastline from the air. Experience the serenity of soaring through the sky, while often spotting dolphins and sea life below, with CHANNEL ISLANDS PARASAIL. channelislandsparasail.com |

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Island Packers The authorized boat concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park offers excursions to hike, camp, kayak or whale watch. islandpackers.com

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Experience the breathtaking majesty of California’s marine mammals up close in their natural habitat. Whale watching and dolphin tours create unforgettable memories and unbelievable photo opportunities. channelislandsdolphinadventures.com

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St. Germain Team at On Q Financial Over the last 18 years, Holly St. Germain’s desire to help others and knack for details have combined for a perfect profession. Holly takes a mortgage-planning approach when consulting with clients to ensure that they get the best mortgage for their situation. stgermainteamonq.com

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Recharte’s Gold Coast Insurance Agency “Downtown Oxnard is our home away from home and where we’ve worked for more than 30 years assisting families with insurance,” says Kim Recharte. “We appreciate Oxnard’s authentic, low-key restaurants and its beautiful beaches and harbor — a multitude of fun activities within minutes.” goldcoastinsuranceinc.com

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Oxnard is a lot more than just a beach town. With our convenient location, amazing culture and hidden gems, there’s plenty to see, do and discover in Oxnard. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit Oxnard (besides the beaches).

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Visit the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Dallas Cowboys fans can get up close and personal to their favorite players each summer as America’s Team prepare for the upcoming NFL season. Oxnard is the current home to the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp, giving fans the chance to watch the team’s current and future stars in action while enjoying family-friendly activities and entertainment. Check out exclusive Dallas Cowboys merchandise, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders’ performances, food and drink vendors, live entertainment, fan activations on the midway, and more!

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Take a Trip to the Channel Islands Boat over to the Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (considered the “Galapagos of North America”) with local outfitter Island Packers. Oxnard is the nearest launch point to the islands, with Anacapa Island just an hour off the coast. Take a day trip to Anacapa, enjoy incredible views and visit the historic lighthouse — the last West Coast lighthouse to be constructed. 52

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Take In a Unique Museum Car lovers, rev your engines, because Oxnard has not one but two incredible car museums. The Murphy Auto Museum showcases over 50 antique cars, vintage trailers and Americana spanning over a century, sure to take you on a trip down memory lane. And the Mullin Automotive Museum offers one of the finest collections of historic French autos in the world, from authentic carriages dating back to the 1800s to sleek Bugattis. For those more interested in travel by sea, the waterfront Channel Islands Maritime Museum at the Channel Islands Harbor has a wealth of fascinating maritime art, ship models and artifacts.

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Chow Down in Tacs’nard Oxnard has some of the best taquerias, taco trucks and Mexican restaurants in Southern California. Hit the Oxnard Taco Trail to discover some of the best that the city has to offer. From harborside restaurants to tucked-away hidden gems, savory seafood to smoky birria, the options are endless. And beyond the official taco trail, there are numerous locally owned Mexican restaurants and eateries with plenty of options for everyone to enjoy. Check out page 57 to find out more about Oxnard’s incredible Mexican cuisine!


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Bond With Your Four-Legged Friend Don’t forget to bring the pup! Get some fresh air with your pooch at one of the great off-leash dog parks in Oxnard, including College Park Dog Park, Campus Park and Jax’s Windrow Dog Park, or let your furry friend sprint down the sand at Hollywood Beach, where dogs can run free before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Oxnard also has multiple pet-friendly hotels and restaurants with outdoor seating where your furry friend is welcome to join — including the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar at The Collection, Sea Fresh at the Channel Islands Harbor and famed local pizza chain Toppers Pizza.

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Visit the World-Famous Drum Workshop Factory Tour the world headquarters of the famed Drum Workshop, which makes the drums used by some of world’s top artists, including Mick Fleetwood, Dave Grohl, Travis Barker, Bruno Mars, Don Henley and Sheila E. Watch the full drum-making process, from raw wood veneer to the finished instrument, and check out some of the drums previously owned by notable musicians in the showroom. Contact Drum Workshop at dwdrums.com for updated information on tour schedules.

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Get to Know Box’nard Oxnard (also known as “Box’nard”) is considered a national hub for boxing. Step into the ring at one of the city’s champion-producing boxing gyms, where boxers including Fernando Vargas, Hugo Centeno Jr., Victor Ortiz and more have trained, or cheer on the sport’s biggest names as well as up-and-coming stalwarts at the Olympic qualifiers held at Oxnard PAL Boxing. And for a bonus round, keep an eye out for some of the Box’nard-themed art and murals around the city.

Mountain Adventures Whether you’re an expert or beginner hiker, Oxnard has a multitude of trails. Enjoy the ocean views from the Chumash Trailhead at the majestic Santa Monica Mountains, gaze over Ventura County from the top of Rocky Peak at the Santa Susana Mountains or travel from the ocean to snow on a magical wintertime daytrip to Hines Peak at the stunning Topatopa Mountains.

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Go to a Live Show With the return of live shows comes plenty of opportunities to once again enjoy unforgettable entertainment. Laugh it up at Levity Live, Oxnard’s premier comedy club at The Collection; watch a music, dance or drama performance at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center; or catch a play at The Elite Theater Company, a community playhouse at Fisherman’s Wharf.

JILL ALMONIA HEAD OF MARKETING AT THE COLLECTION There’s something for everyone here at The Collection at RiverPark, with a carefully crafted assortment of established as well as contemporary designer shops, distinctive dining and signature entertainment venues. Explore the unique flavors of diverse local restaurants at The Annex Food Hall, Ventura County’s first food hall, or make a day of it and try one of the numerous events The Collection hosts, like kids clubs, outdoor concerts, seasonal festivities and much more.

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Discover Oxnard’s History Explore a slice of history at Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard, where you’ll find historic Victorian-era homes, wine tasting rooms, fine dining and an underground speakeasy serving Prohibition-style craft cocktails. Book a tour to learn more about the history of the homes and the families who lived there and helped shape Oxnard into the place it is today. O

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LIVING LA VIDA LOCAL Here’s our guide to the best spots frequented by Oxnard’s own. So sit back, relax and live like a local.

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Named after the silver screen, Silver Strand Beach is the southernmost beach in Oxnard, hugged by a colorful neighborhood of stunning homes, stores and The Yoga Channel, a boutique yoga studio. Head toward the beach’s southern point to check out the historic La Jennelle shipwreck that forms Silver Strand’s jetty. Along the way, you’ll catch sight of striking murals adorning the walls of Port Hueneme Naval Base. Located along the harbor inlet, the fun environs of Kiddy Beach Park make the perfect spot for a family-friendly excursion.

After your beach-time fun, fill up at Jetty Surf Café, which offers a delicious menu of chicken shawarma, lamb gyros and kabob plates to match Oxnard’s Mediterranean climate. Hungry for BBQ? Quincy Street can fix you right up with a rack of ribs that are finger-lickin’ good. Finish the day with a pint at Beachcomber Tavern — but not before paying a visit to Miscellaneous Treasures, a veritable treasure trove of antique finds and thrifty goods.

Your dog deserves a vacation, too! Whether it’s ambling along the sandy shores of Silver Strand Beach or strolling along the promenade at the Channel Islands Harbor, you and your pooch will be treated to a canine paradise of uncrowded coastline, paw-some weather, and plenty of space to sniff and explore. Most Oxnard restaurants are pet friendly and offer outdoor seating, and some spots even offer doggy treats! Many hotels are also happy to accommodate pets. Just remember that a leash is required at all times while you’re at the beach, harbor or park and to pick up after your pet to help us keep our beach town pristine! Want to let your puppy loose for a little while? Oxnard has three offleash dog parks for your pooch to run free and wild: Campus Park; Jax’s Windrow Dog Park, just down the street from The Collection at RiverPark; and Rudy’s Dog Park at College Park. All three spots offer plenty of space for your fourlegged pal to roam, sniff and make some new friends along the way.

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For a true local hangout, round the corner from where Ocean Drive and Harbor Boulevard end to find the best dive bar in town, The Rudder Room. Guests can sit with their toes in the sand, drinking cocktails and playing beach volleyball while enjoying clear views of the Channel Islands. Up the street, Hollywood Beach Café serves up fried chicken and waffles, short stacks and classic burgers just a short walk from the beach.

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Once dubbed “Hollywood by the Sea,” the stretch of coastline that would make up Hollywood Beach and Silver Strand Beach first came into the spotlight in the 1920s as a faux Arabian desert in the 1921 blockbuster, The Sheik. A few

years later, the land was developed into beachfront property, with streets named after famous Hollywood thoroughfares: Sunset Drive, La Brea Street, Laurel Court and more. The community also catered to goldenera entertainers, with several A-list

stars such as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and Rudolph Valentino owning vacation homes here. In the 1960s, the Channel Islands Harbor was constructed, splitting Hollywood by the Sea into two separate beachfront communities.

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CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR Opposite Hollywood Beach, Channel Islands Harbor’s Marine Emporium Landing is home to several of the best restaurants in town: Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine, Waterside Restaurant, Honey Cup Coffeehouse & Creamery and Sea Fresh. But fine dining is only half the fun at the harbor. The horseshoe-shaped waterway is the fifth largest in California for small-craft recreation, making it a bona fide boater’s utopia.

Nine-time national surf champ and owner of Channel Islands Kayak Center Mike Lamm leads family-friendly kayaking tours from the docks below. More aquatic entertainment can be found at SoCal Jet Ski, Channel Islands Parasail, Channel Island Expeditions, A&M Yacht Charters and Cruises, Doug’s Channel Islands Tours, and Island Packers, the exclusive concessionaire to Channel Islands National Park.

Discover historical paintings, model ships and naval nonpareils at Channel Islands Maritime Museum. On the harbor, locals bike, skate and stroll the boardwalk of the harbor’s nine full-service marinas, where water taxis drop diners and shoppers off at various docks. 1. Get away from it all in the tranquil waters of the Channel Islands Harbor; 2. Discover the surfing world’s best-kept secret.

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Although it’s the most popular beach in Oxnard, there’s still plenty of room to stretch out and relax. At Oxnard Beach Park, 62 acres of recreation space serve as a host for local events, including the Oxnard Jazz Festival and the Native American Peoples Intertribal Powwow. A paved boardwalk lined with towering palms and rolling lawns leads the way to Oxnard State Beach, which is overlooked by the luxurious Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, a popular venue for weddings.

Weekly yoga sessions are held on the grass and the sand by Yoga by the Sea. Walk a block inland to The Shores Bar & Restaurant, where you can play shuffleboard with friends while sipping on a selection of signature cocktails and beers on tap, plus delectable bar-style appetizers and main courses as well as fine dining options such as scallops and pappardelle sugo. A few doors down, enjoy local craft beer from Red Tandem Brewery, a micro-brewery that’s big on flavor and style. O

Surf breaks are seasonal in Oxnard. Beginner-level waves (soft-breaking) are found to the north of Oxnard; two beaches ideal for newbies are Ventura’s Mondos along Pacific Coast Highway or the beach at Ventura Harbor. For intermediatelevel waves throughout the year, head to Mandalay State Beach/Oxnard Shores, where the waves are easiest to tame in the summertime as swells bypass Oxnard’s beaches through the Santa Barbara Channel. If you’re ready for the big surf, chase powerful, expertlevel waves at Silver Strand Beach, a world-class surfer’s paradise. In the winter, intense swells produce breaks like the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii that are perfect for tube riding. Catch a barrel at one of the surfing world’s best-kept secrets.

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¡Viva la Comida! Sample an array of Oxnard’s culinary delights.

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Come ’ere and Comer: Mexican Cuisine In Oxnard, tacos aren’t just a menu item — they’re a culinary treasure. And now taco trekkers journey to Oxnard for more than quesatacos, barbacoa plates and los vampiros. Local foodie influencer Trendi Eats has given a platform to unique menu items like birria machetes (Tacos Amatlan), red mulitas, torta titanics and birria pizzadillas (Juarez Tacos). Complete your viaje de los alimentos and say ¡Salud! with a siesta-inducing margarita or michelada. Fishing for Compliments: Seafood From a waterside Japanese spot to a no-frills seafood shack, sea foodies can net a freshly caught fishy fix in oceanfront Oxnard. Try decadent ceviche (El 30 Mariscos), chirashi sushi (Kabuki Japanese Restaurant) or an assortment of broth-simmered shellfish (Sea Fresh). Or, angle yourself a more straightforward dish like a lobster roll (Fisherman’s Catch), seafood boil (Ragin’ Crawfish), pan-fried cod (H.C. Seafood) or salmon burger (Kanaloa Seafood). Breakfast Without an Alarm Clock: Brunch Spots Make your morning eggcellent at one of these classic breakfast cafés. Celebrate the morning with Vineyard Cafe’s bottomless mimosas served daily. Try tres leches French toast at Pacific Cafe near Mullin Automotive Museum, or dine steps away from the sand at Hollywood Beach Cafe. Make yourself at home at the family-owned BG’s Cafe in Downtown Oxnard, where you can top your omelet with award-winning salsa. At Cafe Amri, sip a savory michelada as you devour the Amri Special — shredded beef, onion, tomato and jalapeno scrambled with eggs and served with beans or potatoes and tortillas.

Around the World: World Cuisines Take a spin around the globe without leaving Oxnard’s city limits. Hop around the Asian continent with tandoori chicken, savory samosas and palak paneer (The Masala Twist) or kung pao chicken, chow mein and the Vegetable Delight (Hunan Garden Chinese Restaurant). Head to the southern hemisphere to taste the delicacies of Espírito Santo with a drink of caipirinha (Moqueca Brazilian Restaurant) or enjoy gaucho-style churrascuria at The Collection with flame-grilled meats carved tableside (Texas de Brazil). When in Rome, enjoy arancini and artisan pizzas (Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana) or homemade veal and chicken cutlets, pasta and calzones (Dominick’s Italian Restaurant). Which Fix to Fix: Coffee and Desserts Who doesn’t enjoy a little stimulation? Sample Mexican pastries, fusion crepes and Oaxaca-inspired coffee in a vintage five-and-dime (Xielo Artisan Desserts); bumble around with a specialty honey latte and craft gelato from 805 Creams (Honey Cup Coffeehouse & Creamery); grab a waffle stick dipped in chocolate (Don Waffly); or cool off with an ice cream–stuffed milky bun (Afters Ice Cream). Catch a train at Oxnard Transit Center with a CBD latte and French macarons (Café Dolce Vita). O

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OWNER, TACOS DON CHENTE Oxnard has rapidly become a foodie destination for visitors from all around the world. What contributes to this phenomenon is the amazing mixture of cultures here. We now have so many young entrepreneurs with great ideas who are eager to share their delicious food, from authentic traditional dishes to extraordinary fusions. Oxnard welcomes everybody, and we support many festivals showcasing our local eateries. As soon as you drive into Oxnard, you are sure to find plenty of welcoming spots preparing signature dishes and cuisine while sharing their vibrant and unique cultures from all over the world. Even local favorites that have been in business for decades remain part of our gastronomical food scene. If you crave it, you’ll find it in Oxnard.

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The Haven at Whitesails Caribbean Haven — the beloved eatery with locations in Ventura and Thousand Oaks — is launching a third location with a gorgeous marina view in Oxnard. The Haven at Whitesails brings a whole new menu while maintaining the Island-inspired flair its sister restaurants are known for. Don’t miss the latest creations from the internationally recognized, and locally treasured Chef Hutton “Bobby” John. caribbeanhaven.com

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You’re in for a treat. Every item on the menu is made from scratch — from pastries and breads to simple syrups and ice cream. If you’re a bit hungrier, enjoy quick breakfast and lunch options alongside your delicious LavAzza coffee.

Fun and festive, YOLANDA’S is the place to go for margaritas and authentic Mexican cuisine. Drop in for happy hour Monday though Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., and don’t miss out on drink and appetizer specials in the bar and patio areas.

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Quincy Street Ltd. Soak up the old-school, throwback beach vibe at QUINCY STREET. For more than 30 years, this family-owned spot on Silver Strand Beach has served mouth-watering ribs, burgers, pasta and seafood. Catch the full-service bar and prime rib special on Fridays and Saturdays. Open for dinner only; closed Tuesdays. Reservations recommended on weekends. quincystreetltd.com |

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The Shores Bar & Restaurant The latest chapter of the storied SHORES BAR & RESTAURANT offers reasons to stop in each day of the week. Enjoy live music weekly, breakfast on the weekends and a daily happy hour, including all-day specials on Monday and Tuesday. Plus, the NFL Ticket and College Package ensure you won’t miss the game while you drink or dine. theshoresoxnard.com

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LOCAL THE COLLECTION HOT SPOTSAT RIVERPARK

Eat, Shop, Stay & Play The Collection at RiverPark is an open-air retail center and entertainment and dining destination in the heart of West Ventura County. ENTERTAINMENT

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The Collection’s entertainment lineup is jampacked. Enjoy livestreams and new movie releases with the Extreme Digital experience at Century RiverPark 16 & XD, or take part in one of five immersive experiences at Red Door Escape Room. From breaking out of prison to escaping an enchanted fairytale, your next adventure is just around the corner. Enjoy signature black light bowling lanes, lane-side lounge seating, and a giant arcade at the new Bowlero. Plan the perfect date night or group outing at Levity Live Comedy Club, which features amazing performances from today’s top comedians.

Check out the restaurant scene and indulge in a wide array of flavor options. Enjoy wellknown family friendly restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar or Yard House. Adventurous foodies will love carefully crafted cocktails and authentic pizzas from Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana as well as perfectly aged steaks and boutique wines at Larsen’s Grill.

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While enjoying the California sunshine, shop an eclectic mix of major retailers like REI and The Container Store or fashion-forward brands such as H&M and Urban Outfitters.

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EXPERIENCES Experience a museum-like atmosphere with public art pieces created by nationally and internationally recognized artists. From playful fountains and benches to colorful murals, you’ll want to explore every corner of The Collection. Jam out during the free summer concerts series featuring some of the best tribute bands in the country and a ton of other unforgettable experiences!

WELLNESS Recharge your personal battery by heading to one of the many wellness salons, at The Collection such as LaserAway or Salons by JC. At The Barber Shop, you’ll find a hand-filled penny floor and vintage wooden barber chairs that date back to the early 1890s, plus local barbers and stylists offering unique and signature services.

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The Annex Food Hall is the first food hall in Ventura County and a vibrant part of The Collection. This community-minded marketplace is a foodie’s dream, featuring an eclectic array of eateries serving up global, cutting-edge cuisine. Hand-painted murals and other works of art create a fun and lively atmosphere. With this much character and unparalleled cuisine, The Annex Food Hall is a delight for all your senses. thecollectionrp.com

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Drinks All Around From vinos to craft brews, Oxnard has the perfect libations to quench your thirst.

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Wine O’Clock Oxnard offers some of the finest vino in Ventura County — all the more reason to sample a flight or two. With a history that stretches back to the 19th century, Herzog Wine Cellars continues to build on its storied legacy as the biggest kosher winery in California with truly oneof-a-kind pours. For some more history with your wine, visit Rancho Ventavo Cellars. Located in a 1902 Victorian home at Heritage Square, the tasting room pleases the palate with a mix of varietals sourced from across the Central Coast. Looking for something a little more modern? Magnavino Cellars offers flights of bold wines and blends in its Tuscan-style tasting room, while the ultrasleek Strey Cellars — opened in 2014 — impresses

visitors with superb small-production wines and frequent communal events. Call Us Old Fashioned Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having a cold one at the end of the day. Sidle up to The Shores Bar & Restaurant for tasty eats and a refreshing cocktail or two after a day at the beach. For a taste of the past, 1901 Speakeasy Lounge mixes Prohibitionera cocktails in a hyperstylized setting. Need some marina views with your booze? The Waterside Restaurant pairs a wide selection of beers and wines with gorgeous vistas of the Channel Islands Harbor. O 1: Visit Oxnard Chairman Steve Buenger and his wife, Maria, clink glasses of Herzog Wine Cellars cabernet sauvignon.

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Hops’nard Putting the micro in microbreweries, Red Tandem Brewery’s nanobrewery pumps out high-quality ales brewed and poured onsite. Be sure to relax with one of its award-winning IPAs. With a unique focus on mixed fermentation farmhouse-style ales, barrel-aged wild ales, and Northeastern IPAs, Casa Agria knows a thing or two about a good ale. Its craft saisons are on point, too. Head to the tasting room any day of the week for a flight or a pint. And if you’re going for a pint, check out Bottle & Pint at The Annex Food Hall to taste from a revolving list of 12 outstanding craft beers, including domestics and imports. Pair your global flight with a selection of international dishes at one of Bottle & Pint’s neighboring restaurants.


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Casa Agria Specialty Ales

Red Tandem Brewery Pedal to this nanobrewery featuring eight high-quality ales brewed on-site in Oxnard.

In the heart of Ventura County farmland, CASA AGRIA SPECIALTY ALES is a boutique brewery specializing in mixed fermentation farmhouse-style ales, barrelaged wild ales and Northeast-style IPAs. Open daily, Casa Agria has frequent food trucks and special events. casaagria.com

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Q Club Oxnard Catch your favorite game, play a round of billiards and order from the delicious grill menu and fully stocked bar. With mega-screens featuring Pay-Per-View and UFC, plus DJs and dancing, pool leagues and karaoke, Q CLUB OXNARD is a full-service sports lounge that welcomes patrons to pick their favorite pastime.

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PLAN YOUR TRIP

SAVE THE DATE Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, there’s always a reason to celebrate here. Share in our cultural abundance at our year-round fairs, festivals and other signature events. Scan the QR Code below or go to visitoxnard.com/events for the latest info on events, dates and more.

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We absolutely LOVE the Oxnard Salsa Festival for the food, live music and great dancing! It delivers the perfect dose of family fun. With snow machines blowing overhead and Santa Claus paying a visit, the Plaza Park Tree Lighting Ceremony is a must. Another event you can’t miss is the Oxnard Strawberry Festival. If you’re looking for the best strawberries you’ve ever tasted, you have to visit and celebrate with us!

Holidays in Oxnard Oxnard rings in the season with special events every weekend of December. Scan the QR Code to learn more about our holiday festivities as well as other year-round events.

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Herzog Wine Cellars Discover the best of California wine country — without the road trip. HERZOG WINE CELLARS, a state-of-the-art winery, produces 52 wines ranging from Chenin Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes for Herzog wines are grown in 11 wine regions across California, including Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara, so you can explore California wine country in one tasting room. How do you make a good thing even better? With food, of course! Herzog Wine Cellars is home to Tierra Sur restaurant, acclaimed as “a foodie paradise” (ZAGAT) that “defies expectations” (Gayot), and is “beautifully appointed with impeccable service” (Los Angeles Times). herzogwine.com |

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Magnavino Cellars

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Walk into the tasting room at Magnavino Cellars and you may think you’ve been transported to Tuscany. Owners Robert and Barbara Wagner discovered their passion for winemaking while traveling through Tuscany during harvest some 20 years ago. Today, they’re pouring 15 award-winning varietals at their Oxnard commercial winery and tasting room. The villa-inspired tasting room is elegant yet relaxed and a hub of activity. In addition to hosting private events, check out the Friday evening “Magnavino After Dark” series, when the winery stays open late and offers a small-plates menu. Come with friends, sip the toprated wines, and nibble on charcuterie and goat cheese crostini. There’s no better way to spend an evening. Open Friday - Sunday. magnavinocellars.com

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