Wildflowers bloom beautifully on the Channel Islands of California.
The flowers are abundant on East Anacapa island in the spring. Photo by Doug Mangum

Q: What is there to see and do in the Channel Islands?

A: Visitors will see all types of plant and sea life. They can hike, kayak through the caves, snorkel or just take in the amazing beauty. There are also two whale watching seasons – the Pacific Gray Whales are seen from December 26 through mid April and the Blue Whales come starting June through September.


Q: What’s the best time of year to visit?

A: Trips are offered all year long. The whale watching seasons are a good time to go out. And, if rainfall is good during the year, the spring is a great time to see wildflowers, such as the Coreopsis that bloom on Anacapa Island.

Q: What is something people may not know about the region?

A: They may not know about the offshore islands themselves, in addition to the fact that Oxnard is a coastal city and has some amazing beaches and beautiful shoreline. There are many opportunities for water activities within the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, including kayaking, jet skis, electric boats and more. Plus, great restaurants, museums and rich agricultural land.

Another fun fact? The Channel Islands are home to the oldest dated human remains in North America. The remains of Arlington Springs Man were discovered here (13,000 BP).

If You Go to California’s Channel Islands:

Stop in at the California Welcome Center in Oxnard (CWC) at the Collection Shopping Center filled with a variety of stores and restaurants. The CWC has information on things to see and do in the city as well as information on destinations and attractions along the Central Coast and beyond. In addition, visitors will find information on the Ventura County wine Trail, which Oxnard is part of and can even sample and/or purchase many of the wines that are offered along the Trail in the CWC’s wine tasting room.

Information on Oxnard’s attractions, island information and more can be found: www.visitoxnard.com

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