Port Hueneme is a small beach city in Ventura County, California surrounded by the city of Oxnard, Naval Base Ventura County, and the Santa Barbara Channel. The name derives from the Spanish 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.
A submarine canyon led to the construction of the Hueneme Wharf in 1871 along the canyon by Thomas Bard. 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.
Port Hueneme has a south-facing sand beach, known for its surfing. The beach stretches eastward about a mile from the harbor and the naval base and includes a wooden fishing pier. There are also picnic tables and barbecue grills.