A Perfect Day in Oxnard CA

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A Perfect Day in Oxnard CA – what to do, eat, and where to stay if you have a day to spend in Oxnard California. 

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I took a four part road trip to taste my way from Santa Monica California, through Oxnard, and on to the Santa Ynez Valley and San Luis Obispo to check out California Restaurant Month, and all the amazing food throughout California’s Central Coast.

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A Perfect Day in Oxnard CA

I was recently invited to stay in Oxnard for a day of delicious food, gorgeous beach views, and to soak up some California sun in the small beach town.

I actually grew up just up the road in Moorpark, and went to the beaches in Oxnard often as a kid – but I hadn’t spent much time exploring Oxnard, and hadn’t been back since I was a kid.

I had so much fun visiting – and can’t wait to bring my family back soon!

Oxnard is around an hour from Los Angeles – but couldn’t feel further away. It’s much smaller and quieter, and much more affordable – making Oxnard a great pick for families or friends looking for a quieter vacation.

Where to Stay in Oxnard

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach 

2101 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA 93035

$$ – Rates from $160; all rooms are two-room suites, some with ocean views. 

The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach is hands down one of the best beach hotels in California – because of it’s pristine direct beach access, which is quite a rarity.

Most California beach hotels have to cross PCH to get to the sand – or don’t have a huge, long stretch of perfect soft sand in front of it. The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, however, does – and then some.

Since the Embassy Suites at Mandalay Beach is on a channel island, it is right on the crashing waves – no crossing a busy highway to get to the sea – it’s right out your window!

It was so lovely to be able to walk right to the beach to take in the sunrise and the sunset – I even slept with my window cracked open so I could hear the waves crashing all night.

Since the Embassy Suites has suite-style rooms, it would be perfect for a girls trip or family vacation as there is a king and a queen sofa bed, as well as two bathrooms, so nobody is on top of each other.

Where to Eat in Oxnard

Oxnard, like all of Ventura County, has a thriving agricultural industry – making it easy to get fresh, local California foods year-round.

Oxnard is just about an hour from Los Angeles, but is much more affordable – making eating out in Oxnard a great reason to visit this charming beachside town!

Where to Eat Breakfast in Oxnard

Embassy Suites at Mandalay Beach

Breakfast is free with stay, as well as a complimentary cocktail hour.

If you’re staying at the Embassy Suites, there is no reason to leave for breakfast – as they have a fresh, made-to-order breakfast right on site every morning.

Choose from fresh omelettes, eggs, meats, and sides; as well as fresh fruits and fresh baked pastries, and grab a spot with views on the pool or the ocean.

You could also make yourself a breakfast plate and eat it on the large balconies in-room, taking in the pool or the ocean view.

It doesn’t get any better than that!

Where to Eat Lunch in Oxnard

Oxnard is bursting with options for lunch and dinner – but I think the best is to head to Herzog Wine Cellars for a wine tasting, and then move into the Tierra Sur Restaurant right inside Herzog for a delicious kosher lunch packed with fresh California food.

Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars

3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard, CA 93030

$$$, Kosher

Closed on Fridays and Saturdays

Tierra Sur definitely takes advantage of Oxnard’s proximity to farms in Ventura County, serving up locally sourced food that is all kosher and impeccably presented.

Tierra Sur is upscale but welcoming – perfect for a fancy dinner out, or a ladies lunch.

As the restaurant is fully kosher, plan on not having dairy or non-kosher foods, including milk in coffees after your meal.

Tierra Sur’s fresh and playful menu was full of amazing choices – but I went for the marinated chicken ensalada de la casa and I can safely say it was one of the most memorable chicken salads I’ve had in a long time – full of flavor with chicken strips that were marinated perfectly – juicy and full of flavor.

I didn’t try the Halibut Cigars (the sauce has mustard, which I’m allergic to), but my friend said they were amazingly delicious and something she’d order again – plus they looked so stunning.

Sweet C’s Picks: 

-Spanish Halibut Cigars

-Marinated Chicken Ensalada de la Casa

Where to Eat Dinner in Oxnard

Oxnard has lots of options for dinner and drinks – but my favorite is La Dolce Vita in Oxnard’s historic Heritage Square (a charming square in town made from historic homes that were moved from all over Ventura County to make a charming vintage square where many weddings and formal events are held.)

La Dolce Vita

740 S B St, Oxnard, CA 93030

$$, Italian 

Closed Most Sundays & Mondays

La Dolce Vita has been making comforting Italian food for years – and now has a 1901 themed speakeasy themed bar downstairs, too that was the perfect cool and cozy place to grab drinks and spend an evening with friends after dinner at La Dolce Vita.

If you love comforting, delicious, and fresh Italian food classics – you will find yourself at home instantly at La Dolce Vita.

The surroundings in a gorgeous restored historic home (be sure to check out the tea spot and take a wander around the stately building) are the perfect place to head for a nice dinner, event, or just a cozy comforting meal.

Because the restaurant has a nice large space, you don’t feel too cramped – and you can easily hear your other diners talk, which is very important to me.

While everything I tried was delicious, the grilled onion chowder (which admittedly isn’t the most photogenic) was a standout star – it is rich, salty, and hearty – I could have drank it through a straw! I also loved the shrimp scampi and insalata di casa (one of my favorite salads), and the arancini (cheese stuffed rice balls) were heavenly.

Sweet C’s Picks: 

-Insalata Di Casa

-Grilled Onion Chowder


-Shrimp Scampi

-Grilled Vegetable Ravioli

La Dolce Vita hosts monthly Italian Cooking classes, which is a standout option if you live in the Los Angeles or Santa Barbara area, or can plan your trip to Oxnard around the class.

Classes are themed around different dishes, and are very well reviewed.

I want to head to one soon… they look like a total blast.

Where to Eat Dessert in Oxnard

Finding a delicious dessert in any beach town might make you think of ice cream – but in Oxnard, there is one sweet treat you can’t miss…. Missy’s Cupcakes!

Missy’s Cupcake Creations
3900 W Channel Islands Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035

$, Dessert

Missy’s Cupcake Creations serves tons of delicious, fun, and festive cupcakes that come in flavors you can only dream about – hits like Red Velvet, Pancakes ‘n Bacon, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, Cookies N Cream Dream, Chocolate Chocolate Thunder, and more.

Missy is so sweet and helpful – and takes a huge amount of pride in her cupcakes.

You can’t help but feel like you’re buying treats from an old friend when you stop in!

What to Do in Oxnard

Mandalay Beach

Mandalay Beach is technically on the channel island just off Oxnard – and the beach is fabulous with a long stretch of soft sand that is perfect for playing on!

If staying at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, you don’t need to do much to enjoy the sand and waves – simply walk out the gate to the property, and feel your toes in the sand!

The Embassy Suites does have some beach gear and has a bike rental program – they can help you have an easy and fun day at the beach!

Channel Islands Tour

One of the biggest draws to Oxnard is the ocean – and the pristine Ocean Refuges on the Channel Islands off Oxnard and Santa Barbara offer tons of exploring opportunities.

You can camp, hike, swim, or tour the channel islands – including kayaking tours – that can all easily be arranged from a stay in Oxnard.

There are also several whale and dolphin watching tours in Oxnard, as well as charter boats and yachts – so you’re never far from fun!

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Visiting Oxnard, California for a perfect day.
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A Perfect Day in Oxnard CA

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Author: Courtney ODell


Visiting Oxnard, CA

    Embassy Suites Mandalay Bay

    • 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA 93035
    • Rates from $160/nt.

    Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars

    • 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard, CA 93030
    • Lunch and Dinner; Closed Friday and Saturday
    • $$$, Kosher
    • Sweet C's Picks: 
    • -Spanish Halibut Cigars
    • -Marinated Chicken Ensalada de la Casa
    • La Dolce Vita740 S B St, Oxnard, CA 93030
    • $$, Italian 
    • Sweet C's Picks: 
    • -Insalata Di Casa
    • -Grilled Onion Chowder
    • -Arancini
    • -Shrimp Scampi 
    • -Grilled Vegetable Ravioli 

    Missy's Cupcake Creations

    • 3900 W Channel Islands Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035
    • $, Dessert

    Sweet C's Picks:

    • Chocolate Chocolate Thunder
    • Peanut Butter Cup

    About Courtney

    Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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    1. Aimee Shugarman says:

      OMG that food. I want to go so badly now 🙂

    2. TidyMom says:

      How have a never heard of Oxnard, CA?! We’ve been thinking of heading to CA this spring, thanks for all the fabulous info!!

    3. Kristyn says:

      Thank you for sharing these tips!! Looks like a beautiful & tasty place to visit!! All that food is making me hungry!

    4. Mallory Lanz says:

      The beach looks right up my alley. Also, a good cupcake is hard to beat!

    5. Sommer says:

      This sounds like just what I need! Sounds so fun.