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Hollywood Beach

At the end of Harbor and Channel Islands Blvd. in Oxnard, CA you will find yourself alongside one of my favorite beaches  in all of Southern California. Of all the beaches located in Oxnard, Hollywood Beach has access to numerous shops, recreation activities, and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. I’ve been going to Hollywood Beach for the past three decades and I plan on going for many more. Though Hollywood Beach is lined with million dollar homes, it has and will always be a public beach. There is plenty of public parking and numerous access points all along Ocean Dr.

Hollywood Beach Stretches from the Channel Islands Harbor Jetty north to Channel Islands Blvd.

Though beach grooming is still part of the maintenance program at Hollywood Beach, there is still considerable effort to maintain the natural dunes that pop up along the landscape. And while numerous dune formations are present, the majority of the beach flat and sandy. Along the jetty you can find examples of coastal armoring that we learned about in lecture. To its credit, Hollywood Beach remains one of the most well kept shorelines in Oxnard, and you can even legally walk your dog on it as long as you make sure to pick up your dog’s waste. Doggy waste bags are provided by the city free of charge.

Dogs can be walked on the beach during the allotted time.

When you feel the need to catch something to eat & drink, there are plenty of options to choose from. From traditional seafood joints, to sushi, to steak and eggs with some pancakes. Hollywood Beach has access to both the Pacific Corinthian and Channel Islands Yacht Clubs, a gym, a maritime museum and last but not least, CSUCI’s very own Channel Islands Boating Center(CIBC). Per their website, “The CIBC provides educational and recreational opportunities for youth and adults of Ventura County, CSU Channel Islands community and others from around the State. While the main focus of the Center is to teach boating skills and support boaters, the CIBC also provides other educational resources on the local marine environment.”

Visit cimmvc.org for museum information.

Channel Islands Boating Center
3880 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035

Hueneme Beach

Located just north of Malibu is the small beach community of Port Hueneme, California. For decades seclusion and privacy was the prime feature of our beach and till this very day Hueneme Beach Park still remains a “local” spot for the residents of Port Hueneme to enjoy. With overcrowding and population on the rise all throughout southern California, Port Hueneme is unique in that it has grown very little since I first moved here back in 1984.  The population has gone from 17,000 to 22,000 in my lifetime, but keep in mind that half of that population is actually located on Port Hueneme Naval Base and not actually in the surrounding town. So what that means is you can find the beach nearly empty and to yourself most days of the year. I made it a point to take photographs of the beach at various hours throughout the day to kind of give you and idea what it is like to step out onto Hueneme.

Hueneme beach is mostly what you would consider a “sandy beach”. with a few dunes towards the southern end of the beach. Speaking of directions, Hueneme BEach is part of a unique set of California beaches that actually face south towards the equator instead of west like most beaches on this side of the pacific. So if your facing the water while trying to watch it set at Hueneme, you will find you head turned slightly to the right in order to watch the sun go down over the horizon.

Over the years the beaches snack bar grew from a whole in the wall to an actual beachside restaurant with a decent fish and chips and a variety of cold beer to enjoy. What more could you ask for after a long day of catching no fish off the pier? You see the local fishermen out there every day, trying to catch whatever they can; the city doesn’t require that you have a permit to fish off the pier. I think if I could change one thing about the beach, it would surely be the pay for parking situation. I feel the machines cost more to maintain they actually collect at the end of the day.  

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