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Port Hueneme Beach Park

Port Hueneme Beach Park, encompassing 50 acres, has a broad sandy beach with a paved path running behind it, a 1,240-foot accessible pier, and sheltered picnic tables. Hueneme (pronounced "why nee mee") is a Chumash Indian word meaning halfway or resting place, and the Port Hueneme area may have been a stopover for the native people as they traveled between Point Mugu in the south and the mouth of the Santa Clara River in the north. Although the views to the north of this beach are of the naval base, and to the south are of industrial facilities, it bustles with activity on weekends, and is especially popular with families. A small café and fish market has outdoor seating with ocean views. A raised sundial in the center of a concrete plaza commemorates those lost at sea when an Alaska Airlines flight crashed in 2000.

Trail/Pathway Details

Beach and Lighthouse Promenade


Length: Under one mile total

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard


A wide concrete pedestrian path runs along the back of the beach for less than a mile and can be reached from any of the three parking lots. Palm trees and ice plant grow along the path, and south of the pier a grassy area offers a respite from the sand. Farther south a few hundred feet, the path turns to hard-packed dirt and gravel for less than an eighth of a mile, traveling alongside a channel where ducks gather. It ends at the dunes.

North of the pier, the trail travels alongside Surfside Drive a short distance to Lighthouse Promenade, a lighted, half-mile pedestrian and bike path that runs between city facilities and a high stone wall that obscures ocean views from a wheelchair. An active lighthouse at water’s edge near the entrance to the port is open to the public the third Saturday of the month, February through October, 10 am-3 pm. Only the first floor, with exhibits about the lighthouse and Coast Guard, is wheelchair accessible.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Beach Wheelchair: No

Accessible Parking: Yes

At all park lots; also metered street parking

Accessible Restroom: Yes

By pier and Surfside Drive at S. Ventura Road

Accessible Picnic Tables: Yes

Several tables are on concrete pads south of pier
Sundial memorial
Sundial memorial (Lexi Tucker)

Features icon key

  • fishing
  • picnic
  • swimming

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: City of Port Hueneme
Address: 550 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme
Nearest City: Port Hueneme
Phone: (805) 986-6542
Hours: Beach, park, and Lighthouse Promenade: Daily, 6 am-10 pm
Pier always open
Fees: Parking
Dogs: On leash
Not allowed on beach
Public Transportation: Gold Coast Transit 
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, August 9, 2008
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