McGrath State Beach is a popular location for bird-watching, and visitors can follow a nature trail to the Santa Clara Estuary Natural Preserve. A great spot to surf and fish, there are a number of nearby campsites.

 
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Expert Review of McGrath State Park Beach

Beach Review of McGrath State Park Beach

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Known as one of the best bird-watching beaches in California, two-mile-long McGrath State Park Beach is popular with a rich variety of birds. Surfers love it too.
  • This is where the Santa Clara River flows down to the sea, and the north part of the park is Santa Clara Estuary Natural Preserve. It's a habitat not just for birds but also for weasels, tortoises, and other mammals. Take the nature trail to see it all.
  • Swimmers at this beach should use extreme caution to avoid the strong rip currents.

Address:
Five miles south of Ventura off Hwy. 101 via Harbor Blvd.
2211 Harbor Blvd.
Oxnard, California 93030
Parking: Dawn to dusk


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 805-968-1033
Email: venturahost@parks.ca.gov
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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