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Oxnard offers lower-cost beach getaway
The name "Oxnard" doesn't quite roll off the tongue like Catalina, La Jolla or Coronado, but the city named Oxnard does lay claim to some of the state's most wide open, accessible beaches and a whole host of nearby attractions that make it definitely worth considering as base camp for your next beach getaway in the Golden State.

Even though this part of Southern California boasts lots of sun, sand and scenery, the prices for your Oxnard getaway are likely to be a little less than more famous beach communities. And in today's economic climate, that becomes a major consideration for many families who don't want to entirely forego their getaways, but also want to be prudent about costs. Driving about 60 miles northwest of L.A. helps lower those costs.
Oxnard Lodging
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Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel and
Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Rd
Oxnard, CA  93035
Ph: 805-984-2500   Fx: 805-984-8339
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Located on 8½ acres of ocean front property, Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort is the only Southern California all-suite beachfront resort. This luxurious vacation destination is convenient to the Channel Islands, Ventura, Ojai, Camarillo, Malibu, Santa Barbara and Port Huaneme. Our pet friendly suites are beautifully decorated with private bedroom, spacious living room, and two full marble baths. Guests will marvel at the spectacular ocean views, sparkling pools, waterfalls, exotic gardens, and lagoons. Enjoy a workout in our fitness center, playing tennis, biking or with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach
931 East Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
Ph: 800-648-6708   Fx: 805-965-1623
From $99 Nov-Feb - "East Beach", Santa Barbara's oceanfront paradise with swaying palms, sea breezes and an orchestra of waves. Our oceanfront location is only minutes to Historic Stearns Wharf and great shopping on "State Street". Relax and enjoy spectacular ocean and Channel Island views from your room, by the pool, or one of our second floor sundecks. Start your morning with a complimentary continental breakfast in our ocean view lounge. We also offer Spanish Vacation Cottages by the week or month: Two Bedroom, two bath units with full kitchens, with parking. Ask about our off-season "Free Nights in Paradise"
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Santa Barbara Spanish Vacation Cottage
Rentals
931 East Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
Ph: 805-963-6774   
These rare and unique Vacation Cottages have all the elements of classic Santa Barbara Spanish architecture: stucco exterior, red tile roof, original multiple pane french casement windows, used brick patios and walkways, interior ceramic tile and plaster. Compromising 1600 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room accented by a gas fireplace and sofa-bed, built-in cabinets and bookcases. Beautiful french windows accent every room allowing for a light, airy feeling. Large, fully equipped kitchen, beautiful landscaping and large brick patio with built-in brick fireplace and gas barbeque. Local:(805)966-1641
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