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San Diego to Oxnard drive

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  San Diego
 Carlsbad (California)
 Laguna Beach
 Manhattan Beach
 Malibu
   Oxnard 
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Diego to Oxnard road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Oxnard. If you're planning a road trip to Oxnard, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Diego and Oxnard. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Diego and Oxnard. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 36 minutes

10:36 am  Carlsbad (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:36 am
drive for about 51 minutes

12:27 pm  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:27 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:29 pm  Manhattan Beach
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 3:59 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

4:54 pm  Malibu
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:54 pm
drive for about 37 minutes

6:31 pm  arrive in Oxnard

driving ≈ 4 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Carlsbad (California)  (30 answers)
    Legoland  (8 mentions)
    Self-Realization Fellowship  (6 mentions)
    Swami's Beach  (5 mentions)
    San Elijo Lagoon  (3 mentions)
    The Flower Fields  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Carlsbad (California):
        Swami's Cafe
        La Costa Resort & Spa
        Vivace
        PAON
        Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
    hotels around Carlsbad (California):
        Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
        Tamarack Beach Resort

Laguna Beach  (60 answers)
    Crystal Cove State Park  (10 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (3 mentions)
    Victoria Beach  (3 mentions)
    Dana Point Harbor  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
        Las Brisas
        Cafe Zoolu
        The Beachcomber Cafe
        Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    hotels around Laguna Beach:
        Montage Laguna Beach
        Surf and Sand Resort
        The Inn at Laguna Beach
        La Casa Del Camino
        Laguna Beach House
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?

Manhattan Beach  (125 answers)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Manhattan Beach Pier  (22 mentions)
    Trilogy Spa  (12 mentions)
    Hermosa Beach Pier  (9 mentions)
    restaurants around Manhattan Beach:
        Gjelina
        MB Post
        Simmzy's
        Fishing with Dynamite
        North End Caffe
    hotels around Manhattan Beach:
        Hotel Erwin
        Shade Hotel
        Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach
        Sea View Inn At the Beach
        Hilton Garden Inn
    questions about Manhattan Beach:
        Favorite restaurants in Manhattan Beach?
        Where's the best dessert in Manhattan Beach?
        What's the best neighborhood in Manhattan Beach for a first time visitor?

Malibu  (66 answers)
    Malibu Beach  (44 mentions)
    Zuma Beach  (22 mentions)
    Point Dume State Beach  (14 mentions)
    Malibu Country Mart  (12 mentions)
    El Matador State Beach  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Malibu:
        Nobu Malibu
        Paradise Cove Cafe
        Malibu Seafood
        Geoffrey's Malibu
        Malibu Farm Cafe
    hotels around Malibu:
        Malibu Beach Inn
    questions about Malibu:
        Places to eat in Malibu?
        Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?
        Wine tasting in Malibu?


What are some things to do in Oxnard?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Downtown Ventura  (2 mentions)
C Street  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Oxnard. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Oxnard?  (1 answer)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Oxnard to San Diego drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of San Diego? Try searching for places within 3 hours of San Diego.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Diego to Oxnard. Or get a full San Diego to Oxnard flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know San Diego well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Diego!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 185 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 57 minutes
256 San Diego travel answers
30 Carlsbad (California) travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
125 Manhattan Beach travel answers
66 Malibu travel answers
11 Oxnard travel answers





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