Oxnard in the New Millennium

Located along the coast of Southern California, approximately 30 miles west of the Los Angeles city limits, Oxnard is fast becoming a popular destination for people who enjoy California beach vacations.

 

A Brief History of Oxnard

Inhabited first by the Chumash Indians, the region was later claimed for Spain by the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. During the mission period, the Spaniards established here the Mission of San Buenaventura. Around the 1850s the area was settled by American farmers, who began cultivating barley and beets. Shortly after the 1896 beet campaign, Henry Oxnard, who operated a successful sugar beet factory with his three brothers in Chino, California, decided to build a two-million dollar factory here, creating this way the conditions for a new town to emerge. Ironically the Oxnard brothers never lived in their namesake city, and they sold both the Chino and the giant red-brick Oxnard factory with its landmark twin smokestacks in 1899 for nearly four-million dollars. Oxnard was incorporated as a California city on June 30,1903.

AGA_6539-2

Oxnard, port area

Oxnard Today

The small community of Oxnard is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the fabulous resorts on the California coast. But while the city is not famous for its high-end shopping or classy restaurants, the beach front properties in Oxnard are a lot more affordable than that of its more famous neighbors, like Malibu or Santa Barbara. That’s why, over the past few years, many Los Angeles-based executives in search of second homes and summer rentals on the coast began flocking to Oxnard and its beautiful white beaches.

AGA_6095

Today Oxnard  is the 7th richest city in America, claiming that about 10% of its population is among the top 5% of the country’s wealthiest citizens. Its more than 20 miles of coastline, with some renowned spots like Hollywood Beach, mandalay State Beach, attract thousand of beach lovers in search of nice, affordable rentals.

Oxnard may not have the glitz of Malibu or the excitement of Santa Barbara, but don’t count it out. You may be surprised to come across some celebrities here. In fact the city was a celebrity escape for a long time, when names like Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne used to be on the visitors’ list and Sonny and Cher built their beach house here.

AGA_6363-2

 

Attractions in Oxnard

 

Wine Tasting

If you are a wine lover, Oxnard won’t disappoint you. The town’s historic Heritage Square is the perfect place to sample exquisite wines in a 1902 Victorian building at Rancho Centavo Cellars.Also, the Herzog Wine Cellars have the country’s largest collection of kosher wines. You can also enjoy a gourmet meal at the adjoining restaurant –Tierra Sur– a top-rated ZAGAT favorite and also kosher, with a great menu that only uses fresh ingredients from local farm­ers.

AGA_6217-2

 

California Strawberry Festival

Oxnard is California’s largest strawberry producer, supplying about one-third of the State’s annual strawberry production. Each year city hosts the California Strawberry Festival, featuring vendors as well as food items based on the fruit such as strawberry cake, strawberry pizza, strawberry sundaes, and even strawberry champagne.

strawberries-1522699-1280x960

Beach Activities

From sunbathing, swimming and beach volleyball to rollerblading, biking and walking, you can do almost anything on the beautiful, uncrowded beaches of Oxnard. And if you are a beach lover, resorts like Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort will keep you close to the water 24/7, while offering lots of amenities and an excellent comfort.

 

surfing-boards-1495972-1279x973-2

Channel Islands National Park

Oxnard most renowned attraction is the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary and National Park, close to the mainland yet worlds apart. Just a short boat ride away from Oxnard, the park harbors thousands of species of plants and animals, some of which are unique for this area and can be found nowhere else in the world. Two of the islands in the park, Anacapa and Santa Barbara, have been designated a national monument and a refuge for nesting seabirds, seals, sea lions and other marine animals. Each island is unique and worth visiting. There are day trips to the Channel Islands, or overnight camping is available year round on all five islands for those more adventurous.

 

 

19 Comments on “Oxnard in the New Millennium

  1. Anda, this was eye opening. All I have ever heard of Oxnard was at the butt end of rather condescending jokes.

  2. I had no idea Oxnard is the 7th richest city in America… or that Sonny & Cher had a beach home there. Interesting history about the town’s origins, too, and how the Oxnards never lived in the city that was named after them!

  3. So glad to see Oxnard featured here. It’s one of our favorite stops along the coast. We have wanted to go to the strawberry festival for years and to go to Channel Islands NP. Love the photos!

  4. So many things to do in the city! As a matter of fact, we were there on Sunday for Mother’s Day. We had a great time as always. Have to go to the Strawberry Festival (I think it is going to take place next weekend). That is one event that escapes from me every year. And, I am planning another visit to the Channel Islands (hopefully, to Santa Cruz).

  5. Those strawberries look incredible!! The Channel Islands sound like a place I’d love to explore!

  6. For some reason I didn’t realize the Channel Islands National Park was an attraction of Oxnard. I’ve wanted to visit the islands for some time, and I’ll definitely be sure to travel around Oxnard after seeing your photos of the beautiful scenery and houses. The California Strawberry Festival sounds great too!

  7. Great post… I love small beach towns and we’re planning to spend a few weeks in CA next summer so I’ll check into Oxnard to see if it might be the place.

  8. I had never heard of Oxnard and feel a little cheated that I missed visiting this place when I was in California some years ago. I personally love to see the more normal side of life (albeit how the other half lives) not the glitzy showiness of Malibu and Santa Barbara.

  9. It looks so pretty, where do I sign up for wine and strawberries? (and also for some local to leave me half their fortune, haha 😉 )

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *