Life here is serene and peaceful without the crowds usually associated with a beachside paradise.

Welcome to Channel Islands Beach

A serene, uncrowded beachy haven

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Channel Islands Beach is known for having some of the best waves in California, and it surrounds Channel Islands Harbor with views of Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. Sitting in Oxnard, close to Ventura, the town’s central location to local attractions provides an array of conveniences to locals.

The architecture of Channel Islands Beach is often designed to blend into the beautiful natural surroundings and features Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial Revival, mid-century, contemporary, and traditional home styles. Coastal architecture and beachfront homes here often feature oversized balconies with remarkable ocean and island views.

Channel Islands Beach is a community consisting of four neighborhoods. Walk Paths to the beach and palm trees line Oxnard Shores, also known as Mandalay Shores, where life is a day at the beach. There are plenty of outdoor activities, from jogging to cycling to playgrounds for kids. Hollywood Beach was once the beach of silver screen movie stars Errol Flynn, Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks. Today it maintains its elusive and exclusive air. Hollywood by the Sea features a kiddie beach, providing endless family-fun entertainment. Then there’s the slower pace of Silver Strand Beach. Here life is cafes in the morning and strolling beaches in the evening. It’s incredibly walkable, with a communal vibe welcoming newcomers into the fold. The quaint town’s natural beauty is inescapable and a major attraction for travelers from all over.

What to Love

  • Great location in Oxnard near Ventura
  • Views of Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands
  • World Class surfing in California
  • Extremely walkable
  • Full of hip eateries and seaside restaurants

Local Lifestyle

Living in a city submerged in nature attracts lovers of the great outdoors and all its bounties. Surfers love this town, not just because of the incredible waves but because of the laid-back atmosphere. It’s a peaceful place to live, offering locals a quieter, slower pace to life. Here residents start their day with a walk to the cafe and end their evenings watching the sunset at the beach. The community loves getting together, with several events marking the city’s calendar all year. The town thrives through the involvement of the community.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Channel Islands Beach is a thriving beach community with delicious eateries and restaurants to explore. Hollywood Beach Cafe is a cute little cafe on the waters where sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets provide the perfect setting for hearty burgers and gourmet sandwiches. The bar mixes specialty cocktails and is a favorite breakfast spot around town.

The Shores Restaurant, an eclectic spot with lots of local charm, features a vintage beach along the walls. It’s a fun hangout with a pool table, surfboards, a bright bar, and friendly services. Live music on the weekends brings the place to life, and tasty food options are available daily.

For Incredible ocean and beach views, the outdoor seating at the Rudder Room is right on the beach. It’s a laid-back atmosphere, with ship vibes, a jukebox, and pool tables. It is one of the only bars in California where patrons can legally bring their cocktails out onto the sand. Remember to bring cash as this bar does not accept credit cards. It is a true locals dive bar right on the sand!

Zachari Dunes at Mandalay Beach is the newest luxury hotel in Oxnard at Channel Islands Beach. Formerly an Embassy Suites hotel, Hilton has remodeled, redesigned and rebranded this magnificent new oasis with a beautiful Mediterranean design. The terracotta roofs, white clay walls, crystal blue pools, and beachside cabanas transport guests to an Italian beach. It’s the perfect getaway or destination. Also enjoy the new fine dining restaurant Ox and Ocean serves Farm to Table produce and fresh locally caught seafood as well as meat from California’s highest rated cattle ranches. Start your meal off with a signature cocktail or glass of wine where bottles are carefully selected from top wineries in Sonoma, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara.

Red Tandem Brewery serves exceptional craft brews in chilled glasses to highlight the complex flavors. It features a corrugated metal bar, wood rafters, and regular tours of the brewery. It’s a dog-friendly spot with an intimate environment locals love. At the Beachcomber Tavern at Silverstrand Beach, wine bottles and beer line the wall behind the bar. A glowing surfboard, wood walls, and funky tables glowing blue create strong surfer vibes to the local haunt. Live music performances and the cozy bar embody the neighborhood. On quieter nights, guests solve puzzles and play games while sipping delectable drinks.

Things to Do

Channel Islands Beach is more than a lifetime of ocean and beach activities; it’s a town grounded in art and speckled with nature. There’s a strong community providing a calendar packed with annual events. At Art Walk at Oxnard Shores, artists display beautiful artwork in the studios, backyards, and streets. Once a year, Channel Islands Beach’s roads come to life with local art. YOGA by the SEA is a regularly held yoga class right on the sandy beach of Mandalay Bay. The community comes together to stretch, align, relax, and get in shape beside the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean.

In the spirit of getting the community out and active, the Chari-Tee Putt Putt Tournament is like no other golf tournament. Neighbors set up golf holes in their yards, driveways, and even living rooms for a zany game of golf. It’s an unspecified format, a real twist on golf that thrives on community participation.

Community involvement is extensive around here, and no event displays that better than the Channel Islands Harbor Block Party for the Fourth of July. Local food trucks gather around as a family parade cuts through town. It ends with a boat parade and a deck tour of the infamous Mystic Whaler. Locals love the fireworks displays and markets that pop up throughout the night. It’s a real spectacle, as are the Murals at Silver Strand Beach. The stunning collection of street art and murals make the wall bordering La Janelle Park an art gallery on the beach.

La Jenelle Park is a rusty shipwreck covered in rocks. It’s not your traditional park but an exciting place to explore. The secluded beachfront is the perfect place for an evening stroll or sunset gazing. It’s a wide beach with lots of room and a nearby pier to walk along. For more amenities, Oxnard State Beach Park is a local favorite with its picnic tables, BBQs, firepits, bike path, and volleyball and basketball courts. It’s a lovely spot for a family picnic after exploring the playground and the bountiful nearby greenery. Palm trees line bright blue waters, and the beach skips the crowds, offering a serene environment for hiking, swimming, and sunbathing.


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