Everyone knows that California has a beautiful shoreline, but some of the most breathtaking beaches in the nation can be found in the city of Oxnard, California, located about 60 miles west of Los Angeles. Oxnard is an ethnically diverse city and is home to over 208,000 residents, making it the 19th most populous city in the state.

Oxnard is famous for its beautiful landscape, with over 20 miles of scenic, relatively uncrowded coastline. The beaches in Oxnard are expansive and known for great surfing, with sand that is amazingly soft and has few rocks or driftwood.

Historically, agriculture has long been a chief industry in Oxnard, and this continues today, with the major crops being strawberries, sugar beets, barley and beans. More recently, the rise of finance, electronic, aerospace, energy and other key manufacturing industries have contributed to the economic growth of the city.

Besides the amazing beaches, there is a lot to see and do in Oxnard. In Oxnard you will find interesting museums and historical districts, as well as attractions, such as parks and art galleries. The agriculturally rich area of Oxnard is home to two farmers markets each week. In the Channel Islands Harbor area, walk through the shops, dine at a waterfront restaurant or go on a nautical excursion. A popular destination is a hike in the Channel Islands National Park, made up of five picturesque islands that are often referred to as the American Galapagos. Here you can also explore the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, where you can view stunning underwater sea life.

Stroll through Oxnard’s Heritage Square, a quaint plaza filled with fountains and gardens and surrounded by restored Victorian and Craftsman historic houses. Or gather some friends together and take a wine tour at one of the popular wineries in the area.

Every October, Oxnard hosts the Annual Multicultural Festival, which features live music, performance groups, demonstrations and activities. Don’t miss out on the annual Strawberry Festival and feast on “everything strawberry,” including strawberry beer, strawberry nachos and the favorite strawberry sundae.

The median home value in Oxnard is $486,594. Housing costs in Oxnard are among some of the highest in the nation, but are still much lower than most of the other expensive communities in California. Popular and yet affordable and quiet neighborhoods in Oxnard are Marina West and River Park.

If you are looking for a more affordable coastal city in sunny Southern California, Oxnard is a city worth viewing.