Silver Strand Beach is probably one of the most popular beaches in Oxnard. Silver Strand is known for its surf, fishing, kayaking, and a long stretch of white sand perfect for long walks. It is a favorite for locals as well as tourists. Silver Strand lies between the mouth of the Channel Islands Harbor on the north, and the Port of Hueneme on the south. The beach is surrounded by the harbor and Naval base separating it from the city of Oxnard. Silver Strand Beach is also home to the Oxnard Base of the United States Coast Guard.
The atmosphere is laid back, family friendly, and dogs allowed. I do enjoy myself at Silver Strand, however my favorite time to go is during the Winter. I enjoy watching surfers surf big waves and the beach itself is a lot less crowded. During the summer if you plan on visiting, prepare to get there early just to find a comfortable spot. The beach fills up quickly and parking can also be a nightmare. Despite the the crowds, this beach offers many activities which is why its so popular. Surfing is good year round, however it is the best from Summer into Winter, kayaking year round, fishing is best from Spring through the middle of Fall, relaxing on the beach is best Summer, Spring, and Fall, the winters tend to get more cold. but we do live in Southern California so its definitely possible to have a pretty beach day in the winter. Kayaking and paddle boarding are so popular here because Silver Stand is so close to the Channel Islands Harbor. You can start in the harbor and make your way to Silver Strand, or start at Silver Strand and go through the Channel Islands Harbor. In and around the harbor there is a lot of marine life, you can see dolphins, sea lions, and harbor seals. There are also local attractions such as restaurants, a museum, and shops along the harbor that are easily accessible. Because Silver Strand is located near the Base and the Port of Hueneme, it is likely when you go to visit you will get to see some impressive cargo ships coming and and taking off from the port. Overall Silver Strand is a great beach to visit if you want to enjoy water sports, activities, or just relax in a beautiful and comfortable environment.
On a beautiful Sunday, my boyfriend and I wanted a beach day. We rounded up a group of friends, cleared his truck and made room for surfboards, a cooler, and some beach chairs. We took a journey from Oxnard to Ventura. The sun was out, not a cloud in sight, there was little to no wind, and the ocean gave off a deep blue color with pretty sun sparkles reflecting off of it. My favorite days are when the Channel Islands are completely visible, there is nothing like a beautiful Southern California Day. We knew it would be a good surf day because of the Hurricane that was happening off the coast that weekend which was creating a swell in the water, and there was a high surf advisory. When searching for the perfect waves and beach, we made a stop a little more north of downtown Ventura. We stopped in between Faria and Hobson Beach. Faria and Hobson Beach are wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the base of the Santa Ynez mountains along Highway 1 off the Ventura freeway. Hobson is a south facing beach which is what we were looking for based off the surf report for that day. The beach located in between Faria and Hobson is usually not very crowded, clean and the waves are usually pretty good on good surf days. The group of surfers I go with prefer surfing beaches that aren’t too crowded, they like it to be more private. The best and really only time to get on this beach is when its low tide, or the tides on its way back down. It is a very narrow beach, so when it is high tide there is not any sand to walk on. This is important to me because i enjoy laying and soaking up the sun and laying in the sun. However, because the beach is so narrow, when the tide goes from high to low it leaves wrack, which is washed up kelp and sea grass which brings amphipods (beach hoppers) and diptera (kelp flys) which can be annoying when laying out. I’d recommend bringing a beach chair if the sand isn’t completely dry. The culture of the beach is very laid back. I haven’t really seen it too busy, people walk along the beach, or have similar ideas to us and make a beach day out of the beautiful weather. There are two campsites on the outer edged of the beach, Faria Beach Park and Hobson Beach Park, as well as camping along the beach next to the highway. Most of the people who are on the beach are campers staying at one of the three campsites. All in all, this is a beautiful beach if you’re every looking for a quiet spot for the perfect beach day.
A beach I visit often is Hollywood Beach in Oxnard. I never knew this beach existed but within the last couple of years it has become one of my favorites. Hollywood Beach is close to Silver Strand, just on the other side of the Channel Islands Harbor but has a completely different feel to the beach. I walk this beach almost every day, during my walk I will encounter a small amount of people. I have never seen this beach packed. I even spent my 4th of July here, and there still weren’t a lot of people. Meanwhile, looking over at Silver Strand, the sand isn’t even visible because its filled with people. This beach is almost always vacant which I love, it’s very private. It is so peaceful, and on a clear day you can spot the Channel Islands perfectly. Hollywood Beach to me is a lot more laid back than Silver Strand. Silver Strand is always filled with families enjoying their beach day, or surfers waiting for the perfect waves. I like this beach too, but when I want to relax Hollywood Beach is my go to. From the street entrance to the water, it is a bit of a trek which some people tend to not enjoy, but trust me, it is worth it. My boyfriend and I took a walk on this beach sometime in December and found our first piece of sea glass. During the winter months, pebbles and debris roll up on shore from winter storms causing a swell in the water bringing some beautiful pieces of sea glass. Sea glass is actually discarded bottles or glass that were thrown into ocean up to a century ago. Then, as mentioned, the swell or surf will toss around these pieces for decades until one day they wash ashore looking like gemstones. Since our first time discovering sea glass on this beach, it has become a hobby of ours. We would plan our winter days around low tides, when all of the pebbles are most visible and accessible, and start our search. We searched in the summer as well but noticed that there wasn’t as much to find, tides were never too low and when they were it was smooth sand with no pebbles. When we first started, we were amazed as to how many people also enjoyed the same hobby. When coming across other sea glass hunters, people are usually friendly but also very territorial. No one really wants anyone else looking in the area they are standing, they fear someone else will find that piece of sea glass they were waiting for. From my observations Hollywood Beach as well as Mandalay Shores get the most sea glass in Ventura County, at least that’s what i think. I’ve never found sea glass anywhere else. Anyways, it feels like a treasure hunt and is a nice way to get out and enjoy a beautiful day at the beach. Other recreational activities on this beach include fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, soaking up the sun. It is a beautiful beach that i would recommend visiting if you’ve never been.