Port Hueneme is the only natural deepwater port anywhere between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Surfing is popular at this small Ventura County settlement, the name of which comes from the local Chumash dialect and means “resting place.” The name befits this quiet neighbor of Oxnard and the Naval Base Ventura County, (NBVC).
The closest international airport to Port Hueneme is Los Angeles International (LAX), which is approximately 60 miles northwest of it and has a truly domestic and international reach.
While some training events are held at the NBVC, the closest large space for events to Port Hueneme is the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center, which has room for events of up to 4,000 persons, a 1,604-seat auditorium with stage that hosts musical and theater events, two banquet rooms, five meeting rooms and a network of enclosed patios for functions.
Hotel venues in Port Hueneme and nearby include the 134-room Holiday Inn Express Port Hueneme, which has one meeting room for up to 90 persons. Just north in the southern part of Oxnard is the Ramada Oxnard, which has 5,500 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom. On the other side of NBVC, the 95-room Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor, right on the beach, has a meeting room for up to 30 persons; while a little farther up the coast is 250-room, beachside Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach & Resort, which has 16,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom for up to 865 persons. In the center of Oxnard is the 166-room Courtyard Oxnard Ventura, which has 16 meeting rooms, its largest space able to host up to 500 persons
Special event venues in Port Hueneme and beyond include the Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Center by the Beach, which has landscaped surroundings, a 400-seat theater, two 35-seat galleries, space for banquets of up to 450 persons and a maximum capacity of 1,350. Adjacent to Port Hueneme in Oxnard is the Teatro de las Americas, home to a bilingual theater company and which is affiliated with Oxnard College; Scarlett Belle, a Mississippi River-style riverboat complete with two black and red funnel stacks, which cruises nearby Pacific Ocean waters for up to 150 persons in high style; River Ridge Golf Club, which include 36 holes of golf, a foot-golf course (no clubs, needed, large, soft “golf balls” kicked soccer-style into oversized holes) and banquet space for 155 diners; and Rancho Ventavo Cellars for tastings of California wines right on Oxnard’s main square Heritage Square.
One choice for dining is local favorite Surfside Seafood, which can be eaten right on site on the picnic tables of Port Hueneme Beach Park, parts of which can be used for groups as long as they obtain the necessary permit.