How Safe Is Oxnard for Travel?

Oxnard, United States
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Oxnard is the largest city in Ventura County in California, with a population of about 200,000.

Oxnard is located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

In general, the city does not represent a unique tourist value.

Usually, it stops on the way to one of the cities listed above.

Anyway, this city also has something to see.

For example, several excellent museums.

As well as Plaza Park with various events throughout the year.

Shops, restaurants, and cinema surround the area.

It also hosts the annual salsa festival, summer concerts, and from December to April; you can go on a whale watching tour.

Warnings & Dangers in Oxnard

Overall Risk


Oxnard is not the safest city to travel in. If you are going here, take extra measures to ensure your safety. Do not walk around the town late at night, on foot and alone. Do not carry a lot of cash and precious things. Watch your surroundings.

Transport & Taxis Risk


In the city, they often use their cars or taxis. Public transport is not very common, and it is not safe enough. Choose only licensed taxi services. To do this, use the application on your phone.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are not often found in the city, but if you do not keep track of your bags and pockets, you can quickly become a victim of pickpockets. Always be on the lookout. Do not carry a lot of cash and precious things. Keep important documents in the hotel safe.

Natural Disasters Risk


Oxnard is located in a seismically active zone, so the city is at a significant risk of earthquakes. Before your visit here, study the environment for this risk and follow the directions of your local authorities to stay safe.

Mugging Risk


Unfortunately, the risk of severe robbery and armed attack is quite high. You should avoid disadvantaged areas and monitor your surroundings. Do not talk with strangers; ignore if they called you. In the event of an incident, contact the police station.

Terrorism Risk


There is a medium risk of terrorism in this region. It can occur here due to international conflicts and the global threat of terrorists by forgiving the United States. Stay up to date on your trip to this city.

Scams Risk


The main types of fraud that most often occur in Oxnard are usually SMS and telephone fraud. In this case, strangers can pretend as if you won the lottery or something like extracting your data and data from your cards. Be careful not to pass this information on to strangers.

Women Travelers Risk


Women traveling alone should avoid this city. The risk of becoming a victim of robbery or violence is high enough. If you still come here alone, do not leave late at night and do not watch the world around you.

So... How Safe Is Oxnard Really?

Oxnard has a reasonably high crime rate.

The main problems here are related to hacking houses and cars, hijacking, robberies, as well as vandalism.

Oxnard has quite a few good and bad neighborhoods.

Most of the expensive housing is in Oxnard shores/harbor area.

The old town of Oxnard is more overrun by the homeless, tweakers, and gangs.

The more wealthy parts of town are typically more towards the north and the west, but Oxnard is very mixed with were the right areas and the bad areas.

Since thefts and robberies are prevalent, you need to be very careful and monitor your surroundings.

If you are traveling by car, always close it when you leave, do not leave any things inside, and park in guarded parking lots.

Lock the hotel room where you stay and keep valuables in a safe.

It is better to carry a minimum of cash and jewelry with you.

And do not shine with expensive devices.

La Colonia is considered the safest area in Oxnard.

In general, you can travel in the city if you use common sense and especially carefully monitor your surroundings.

You should not walk alone late at night, leave your things unattended, and get drunk in bars.

How Does Oxnard Compare?

CitySafety Index
San Francisco61
Belize City (Belize)37
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and a code: USD. Also, it abbreviated US$. One dollar is divided into 100 cents (Symbol: ¢).
  • Weather - The best times to visit Oxnard for ideal weather are mid-March to December. Average temperatures in Oxnard vary little and the weather feels nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year.
  • Airports - Oxnard Airport is a county-owned, public airport a mile west of downtown Oxnard, in Ventura County, California. The airport is located just 3 km from the city center. Oxnard Airport had been downgraded to a regional general aviation airport with only 19 enplanements.
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Oxnard Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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May 17° C
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Nov 15° C
Dec 13° C
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5 Reviews on Oxnard

  1. Awesome

    I have grown up in Oxnard all my life and I loved it.
    The town is very safe much like the rest of Ventura County.
    Any tourist areas such as the beach especially are very safe!
    I have gotten my debit card skimmed at an ATM here, be aware of your surroundings when using the ATMs.
    La Colonia is the most DANGEROUS neighborhood of Oxnard, contrasting with this website says. You will not need to enter La Colonia unless you stay there, downtown Oxnard has much more homeless compared to the rest of the city. However, the majority of your stay you will find Oxnard to be a very safe and welcoming city contrasting other cities deeper in the Los Angeles Area.
    Thanks for visiting!

  2. Few Problems Here

    I lived in Oxnard for many years and still visit when I can. I’ve traveled and stayed there alone many times never having a problem. There are excellent restaurants in and around the harbor area, plenty of good hotels and shopping is just a short trip in either direction off the 101. There are 2 military bases in the area and Oxnard has a military town feeling to it. Especially during the annual Pt. Mugu Air Show weekend. Oxnard has a Community College, and Cal State University Channel Islands out on the grounds that used to be Camarillo State Hospital. There is no shortage of things to do in Oxnard or the surrounding areas. It is a great place to stay if you are splitting your time between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

    Like all cities this size Oxnard has some crime and you need to be aware of your surroundings. Park close to the building you will be visiting and park under parking lot/street lights when shopping. These are common sense wherever you are. As Peter mentioned in his comment; La Colonia is not the safest area in Oxnard. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city and had become rundown. Over the last decade the city has done a lot to clean up the area but I doubt it will ever carry the title of the safest area of Oxnard.

    If you enjoy spending your time on or near the ocean. Like a moderate climate, with indoor and outdoor activities, you should have a nice time in Oxnard. Just try to avoid the rainy season when the rain comes down in buckets and you may not see the sun for a week.

  3. C
    California central coast resident says:

    Oxnard is the “poor cousin” to neighboring Ventura and Santa Barbara. Not a particularly nice town.

  4. A
    Anthony says:

    A nice surprise

    Visited a few interesting museums, they have good food here plus the whale watching tour was something special for me and the family. There was more to do than expected so I am happy with what I got to see and do.

  5. N
    Noma mes says:

    Oxnard is nice, la colonia…. Not so much

    La Colonia is the safest part of town? That is definitely the most dangerous part of town and there’s absolutely no reason to drive into that neighborhood. Stay far away from that part of town.

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