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Port Hueneme is a small beach community in Ventura County, California surrounded by the city of Oxnard and the Santa Barbara Channel. The name derives from the Chumash Native language spelling of the Chumash wene me, meaning “Resting Place”. Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo explored this area and the adjacent Channel Islands in October 1542. The town’s name was officially changed to Port Hueneme in 1939 and was incorporated March 24, 1948.

Thomas Bard learned of the submarine canyon at Point Hueneme and took advantage of the canyon depth to construct the Hueneme Wharf in 1871 here. The existing street grid of the town was formally laid out in 1888. Until the construction of the Montalvo Cutoff that brought the railroad to nearby Oxnard, the wharf was the principal means of transportation for that portion of Ventura County lying south of the Santa Clara River. Hueneme was the second largest grain shipping port on the Pacific coast between 1871 and 1895. Both the Port of Hueneme and Naval Base Ventura County lie within city limits.

Port Hueneme has a south-facing sand beach, known for its surfing. The beach has a wooden fishing pier   The Waterfront Promenade, also known as the Lighthouse Promenade, provides a paved public access along the shoreline.

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    Article in US Today
    Beaches Near Port Hueneme, California

    The name Port Hueneme, pronounced “Wy-nee’mee,” comes from the Chumash word meaning “resting place.” The city is located in Southern California’s Ventura County. Port Hueneme offers one beach park that includes a memorial, festival and amenities for beach-goers, while other beach options are located just a few minutes away from the city.
    Port Hueneme Beach Park.

    The beach in Port Hueneme is part of the Port Hueneme Beach Park. The park includes 50 acres of beach land and manicured parkland, picnic area, barbecue pits and sand volleyball courts. Dogs are allowed in the park area, but not on the beach. Lifeguards are available seasonally, and the city offers a Junior Lifeguard Program that teaches children water safety. People may fish off the pier without permits. Parking fees apply, and visitors can purchase tickets at parking meters. For frequent visitors and residents, the city offers seasonal parking passes. A snack bar building is located at the park.

    Beach Sundial Memorial
    The park includes the Beach Sundial Memorial, a memorial to Alaska Airlines Flight 261. The flight crashed on Jan. 21, 2000, in the Pacific Ocean between Port Hueneme and Anacapa Island on a flight scheduled from Puerto Vallarta to San Francisco, and then to Seattle. The memorial was designed by James Bottoms and features a 36-foot diameter plaza with bronze dolphin statues and a sundial in the center. The names of the victims are inscribed on the memorial.

    Hueneme Beach Festival
    The Hueneme Beach Festival has been taking place since 1998 in August. The festival offers live music entertainment, vendor booths and many food and beverage choices. A large dancing area attracts many people. The children’s area includes rides, games and attractions, and visitors can test their sculpting skills in the sand sculpture contest. Community and sponsor displays also appear throughout the park. The festival is free, and the city does not charge a parking fee during the festival.

    Beaches Near Port Hueneme
    McGrath State Beach is about four miles from Port Hueneme. The beach also functions as a campground with campsites, fire rings and picnic areas. Birdwatchers look for some of the 245 species in the area, and the park is noted for its sand dunes. The Oxnard Beach Park is just over 10 minutes from Port Hueneme. The park offers a large lawn area, often used for picnics and kite flying. Barbecues, volleyball courts and running paths are also available. The park is dog friendly, though pets must remain on leash.


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