Oxnard is a city in Ventura County located along the coast of Southern California. Oxnard is situated in a Mediterranean climate zone, experiencing mild and relatively wet winters, and warm, dry summers. The Oxnard Plain, because of these high-quality agricultural soils, coupled with a favorable climate, is considered one of the most fertile areas in the world. The city of Oxnard is home to over 20 miles of scenic, relatively uncrowded coastline. The beaches are large and the sand is exceptionally soft. Home to one harbor: Channel Islands Harbor, is nicknamed the “Gateway to the Channel Islands” because of the high number of operations that sail to the islands out of the harbor. Oxnard offers several cultural institutions. These include the Carnegie Art Museum, the Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife, which housed the largest collection of rare and vintage automobiles.