Oxnard

Oxnard is the largest city in Ventura County in California, with a population of about 200,000.

Understand

Get in

Oxnard's main artery is US Highway 101. The two-lane Highway 1 is the slower, more scenic option as it winds slowly (sometimes very slowly if there is any traffic at all) down the entire Southern California/Central Coast coastline.

Oxnard is also accessible by rail. Metrolink provides connections to Los Angeles via the San Fernando Valley.

Get around

By bus

Gold Coast Transit serves Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura. Bus service is limited. Their phone number is: +1 805-487-4222.

See

Do

Eat

Jesse's El Taco de Mexico - Located at 120 W 7th Street, this hole in the wall has the best burritos anywhere. Try their steak (asada) burritos.

Topper's Pizza Place - This local pizzaria chain is found throughout Ventura County and it is known for its delicious pizza. Try their Canadian bacon/ham pizza, its incredible.

Taqueria El Tapatio - Very authentic Mexican food specializing in taste of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Very good, non-greasy carne asada, thick beans, fluffy rice, and rich aguas. Establishment is very clean, and service bar staff is very courteous. Casual dining at its best. Second location on Ventura Rd and 5th street is even better.

The Whale’s Tail - Located at 3950 Bluefin Circle. This restaurant is situated on the water in Channel Islands Harbor. Large plate-glass windows provide spectacular views of schooners and fishing boats. Fresh oysters on the half-shell, buffalo shrimp, and salad Louie are just a few of the tasty treats. The Sunday Brunch Buffet includes free-flowing champagne.

Capistrano's - Located at 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd, inside the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel in Oxnard. Amid the terra-style architecture, this restaurant welcomes diners with upscale cuisine and elegant atmosphere. Following an appetizer of shrimp-shitake ravioli or roasted vegetable tart, look to Maine lobster with white truffle oil risotto, jumbo diver sea scallops, or oven-roasted lamb shank for a main course. Additional temptations include braised veal osso buco, seared ahi tuna, and grilled Atlantic salmon. A wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

Chai's Thai Cuisine - Located at 2148 Saviers Rd. Traditional Thai recipes come to life at this small strip-mall favorite. Don't be put off by the unassuming exterior; a pleasant dining room and spacious patio are concealed within. A wealth of appetizers, soups, salads, and tasty chef-recommended specialties delight hungry diners.

Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut - Located at 117 Los Altos Drive; 805-985-9151. Voted one of the 59 best breakfasts locations in America by Esquire Magazine. Park your bike by the berms of sand blown from Hollywood Beach down the street. Sit at the counter — always the counter — among the regulars from the Navy base. Observe the patriotic murals and the collection of American flags, five of which have flown over Iraq. Then order one of the bazooka-sized breakfast burritos, or the French toast with cool strawberries, or the huevos rancheros with their soft chunks of tomatoes and jalapeños. Ask for the home fries, the thick ones grilled all morning in paprika, garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, and probably some other stuff.

Drink

Sleep

Camping

Go next

Routes through Oxnard

Santa Barbara Ventura  N  S  Camarillo Los Angeles
Santa Barbara Ventura ← Merges with  N  S  Malibu Long Beach
Santa Barbara Ventura  N  S  Camarillo Los Angeles


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