Oxnard Journals

Around Oxnard: Camping on the Coast

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A travel journal to Oxnard by Slack

Celebration of the Whales Photo, Oxnard, California More Photos
Quote: Although certainly not one of the U.S.'s most cosmopolitain cities, Oxnard is an excellent resource and entertainment centers for those who like to take advantage of California's Camping experience

Around Oxnard: Camping on the Coast

Overview

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Oxnard's proximity to the Channel Islands, the surrounding coastal nooks and crannies and its coastal demarcation on the path of the yearly Baleen Gray Whale migration make it a great center for a destination California Camper or the L.A. Weekender.Quick Tips: A city of around 185,000 Oxnard has plenty of activity to keep the week-ender or out-for-fun camper busy. There's a shopping/dining area at Fisherman's Wharf, a Maritime Museum and the Carnegie Art Museum to name a few activities, and also there's a renowned Strawberry Festival in the spring that I just missed, but is purported to be much fun.Best Way To Get Around: Oxnard can be reached by AMTRAK, Greyhound, Metrolink, from L....Read More

Anacapa Island

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Hotel

Anacapa Island Photo, Oxnard, California
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This campground in Channel Islands National Park is ideal for all kinds of experiences. There''s kayaking and scuba diving though I spent most of my time meandering in the tidepools. Hikers come from all over - most go self-guided but I think you can arrange with the Park Rangers for guided interpretive island tours. Steep cliffs are ideal for vista-viewing and cliff-climbing. Bird watchers - take the hike over a breathtaking natural bridge to the West Island where there''s the largest (Protected by the National Park Reserve) breeding ground of an endangered species of pelican. As for other Wildlife, cormorants and sea lions are sometimes around. Only recommended for the very fit, as there''s a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Anacapa Island

Oxnard, California
1(800) 365-CAMP

Santa Cruz Island Campground

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Hotel | "Santa Cruz Island"

Santa Cruz Island Campground Photo, Oxnard, California
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Gorgeous. Just Gorgeous. The campground proper is in Scorpion Valley. Don''t worry, the name is far more forboding than the very pretty valley. There aren''t even scorpions here, though you might be able to see chorus frogs, black bellied salamanders or yellow belly racer lizards! The park service told us that the island is evolutionarily phenomenal as some birds and insects have gigantism and some mammals have dwarfism... so the bugs and scales and feathers get bigger while the firries get smaller over time! The best thing to do on the island is to check out some of the sea caves. They''re all over the coast of the island, but the best known and most spectacular is Painted Cave. It ge...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Santa Cruz Island Campground
Off the coast of Ventura County
Oxnard, California
(800) 365-2267

San Miguel Island

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Hotel

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This island is the farthest away and the campgrounds are very small (only 9 sites) but the voyage is worth it. Apparently its high point is in the winter when people come from all over to see the 20,000 or so sea lions and seals, but when we were there they seemed to be replaced by hundreds and hundreds of birds of all sorts. Birdwatchers would probably love it there. There are wildflowers everywhere painting the grasses and jaggy coastlines. There are a couple of geologic and historic neat things to do here. There''s a fossil of a pygmy mammoth and sociological remnants of human civillization from 10,000 years ago... but the most facinating was the "caliche forest". This is a ghost forest... on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

San Miguel Island

Oxnard, California
1(800) 365-CAMP

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Just south of Point Mugu, in the La Jolla Canyon, Thornhill Broome beach is more suited for the RV traveller (limit: 31').

A long open primitive, clean beach site, Thornhill Broome has a breathtaking view of the ocean. Huge ocean-side rocks and bluffs make for pretty wandering and good bird watching, but the campsite has very little shelter or shade.

Bring sturdy lines to tack down, lots of sunscreen, and a wind-break for your campfire. No doubt I would have liked it better if I was a surfer or body boarder.

Reservations available but not required; camping is $7-11/night, reservation fee extra, dog friendly.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Thornhill Broome Beach Park
Pacific Coast Highway 1,
Oxnard, California
(800) 444-7275

Celebration of the Whales

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Attraction

Celebration of the Whales Photo, Oxnard, California
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As the right time of year for catching the Grey Whale Migration (and with it, the Celebration) falls in the camping off-season (January-March), I've never been lucky enough to catch it. Those among you who are less wimpy in their camping verve should try to make it anywhere between Oxnard and Baja during this time of year. I'll be going next year... The Grey Whale is an Environmentalist's triumph. Having been hunted to near extinction twice over the last century its population is up so high (21,000) that it was removed from the list of Endangered Species in 1993. Cisco's Sportfishing and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Celebration of the Whales
Channel Island Harbour / Pacific Ocean
Oxnard, California
(805) 985-4852