Pull up a beach chair while more than 20,000 Pacific gray whales swim through the channel as they migrate between Alaska and Baja California. From mid-February to mid-May, mothers and calves keep close to the coastline. Channel Islands Harbor celebrates the annual migration with daily whale-watching excursions from the end of December to mid-April. For a fun and informative journey through history, peruse the country's largest display of Prisoner of War bone and wooden ship models at the Maritime Museum.

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Beach Review of Santa Barbara Channel

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • Hop on a boat to visit the islands or for an unbelievable whale-watching excursion.
  • Some of the most unique and beautiful marine plants and animals live on and around the Channel Islands.
  • On clear days you can see the surrounding islands in all their glory.

Oxnard, California

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 800-2-OXNARD
Fax: 805-385-7571
Email: info@visitoxnard.com
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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