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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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • 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.

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
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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