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.
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.
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.”