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Mandalay Beach in Oxnard

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer, described California’s Oxnard Plain as “a land of everlasting summers,” way back in 1542. And today’s vacationers seem to agree with him, since Oxnard is a popular destination, regardless of the season.

I visited the first week of April to find fresh picked local strawberries in my room at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort! They were a delicious welcome to the sun-filled destination.

Embassy Suites in Oxnard

The resort is large and sprawling, a kind of mecca alongside the ocean. My suite was in Building #2, right behind the main building, so I was close to the pool and dining room rather than the oceanfront. The view out my window included a shimmering pool with cascading waterfalls, exotic gardens in full bloom, and streaming lagoons. Wow!

Since spring hadn’t really won its battle with winter yet for a weather change back home in Saskatchewan, I was thrilled with the feel of the tropics.

Inside, the suite was spacious–great for families and friends to put up their feet and relax. And the bed? Very comfortable.


It seemed to me that Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach owners had thought of everything a vacationer might enjoy on a relaxing break at the beach. Everything I needed was handy. And there was even a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast buffet and evening reception.

I do like to explore though, so once I’d had my fill of beach walks along the sandy shore of the Bay, I checked out a few of Oxnard’s other attractions. I can highly recommend a cruise whale watching in the Santa Barbara Channel for adventurers, along with a visit to the Marine Emporium at Channel Islands Harbor for everything from kayaking to sport fishing.

If you’re a history lover, like me, you’ll love the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in nearby Simi Valley, and a visit to the Oxnard historic Heritage Square.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum


My thanks for the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with its members and partners, for hosting the NATJA 2016 Conference. It was a great time!

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