10 Ocean Activities in Ventura County Coast

Thinking about taking a trip to the California coast? Ventura County Coast boasts comfortable temperatures all year long! Take advantage of the sunshine with our list of 10 exciting ocean adventures.

Scuba Dive and Snorkel at the Channel Islands

Go for a dive in the kelp forests of the Channel Islands with the Spectre dive boat. Scuba diving and snorkeling in the waters surrounding Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands is a great way to spend an adventurous day!

Ocean Wildlife Cruise with Island Packers

Enjoy a three-hour adventure on a narrated cruise along the north shore of Anacapa Island with Island Packers. There are often sightings of sea lions, seals, whales, dolphins and island birds, plus a historic lighthouse, sea caves, and kelp forests – don’t forget to bring your camera!

📸 @islandpackers

Sail the Channel Islands

Whether you’re an experienced sailor or looking to learn, Sail Channel Islands is the place to go. Captain Dan is always happy to lend a hand.

📸 @sail_channel_islands

Surf at Emma Wood State Beach

Located north of Ventura, Emma Wood State Beach is the perfect destination to spend time with family and friends. In addition to surfing, the beach also has affordable camping, bike and hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing, restrooms, showers, and more.

Jet Ski in Channel Islands Harbor

Fuel your adrenaline with SoCal Jet Ski in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor. Families, couples and solo jet ski riders are all welcome.

📸 @socaljetskis

Kayak in the Open Ocean

Experience the Channel Islands like never before on an exclusive, guided kayak tour with Channel Islands Adventure Company. Choose from different kayaking tours or snorkeling adventures to explore the islands in a new way.

📸 @islandkayaking

 

Sport Fish in Ventura

Ventura Sportfishing is a private sportfishing landing in Ventura that includes the Amigo, the Island Spirit, the Pacific Dawn, and the Pacific Eagle sportfishing boats. They also have experienced crews and trips suitable for all people. There is a variety of big and unique fish to be caught in the Channel Islands waters!

📸 @venturaharborsportfishing

Whale Watch in the Channel Islands

Gray and Blue whale watching tours take place in waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. The boats depart from both the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard.

Cruise in a Venetian Gondola

Spend a romantic and peaceful gondola ride with your loved ones. Gondola Paradiso takes you around Oxnard’s beautiful Channel Islands Harbor in a private gondola.

📸 @gondolaparadiso

 

Walk the Port Hueneme Beach Pier

Sometimes the best way to spend time at the beach is to take a quiet walk down the pier. Port Hueneme is definitely the place to go, with few crowds, an expansive beach, and easy parking.

 

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

Regions

Ventura County Coast

Ventura County Coast is a string of four communities that radiate warmth from welcoming people and California sunshine. The region embodies the casual and active spirit of classic, where the seafood is fresh, the beer is handcrafted and the weather is the kind you dream about. Spend the day exploring miles of beaches, incredible harbors or lush green golf courses. Hop on a boat for a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park, where you can see breathtaking views of the Southern California coastline. With a bustling culture, high end and vintage shopping, a lively culinary spirit and beautiful outdoor experiences, Ventura County Coast calls on every visitor to find their vibe. From hiking and biking to sailing and snorkeling, from shopping and dining to just plain relaxing, Ventura County Coast will fill your days with a lifetime of memories.

Camarillo

Camarillo

An hour north of Los Angeles, Camarillo is nestled at the base of the Conejo foothills surrounded by verdant green fields and cool ocean breezes. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, enjoy Camarillo alfresco. From outdoor shopping and concerts, to delicious dining and fun events, Camarillo has it all. With small town charm and a rich history, it is the place for romantic weddings and corporate venues. Visit the historical sites and museums during the day, and walk along Old Town for dinner and drinks at night. A great getaway for everyone, Camarillo is the ideal place to Come for the Sun, Stay for the Fun.

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Oxnard

Oxnard

Rally your tribe and head for the Central Coast. California cool, panorama-perfect, culturally authentic and vibrant beyond measure. Oxnard is home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, electric nightlife, some of the best taquerias in the state, historic Victorian era architecture, the California Strawberry Festival, and an expansively picturesque harbor that serves as the closest access point to the Channel Islands National Park. Just sixty miles northwest of LAX and in close proximity to Santa Barbara and other major destinations, Oxnard is one of California’s best kept secrets.

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Ventura

Ventura

A place that embodies a casual soul and unexpected allure, Ventura is a vibrant town that checks stress and pretense at the door.  Its artistic culture, enduring history and privileged locale is crazy-inviting, very much alive, and refreshingly human.

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Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme

Just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, in the heart of the Central Coast, you’ll find Port Hueneme, the friendly city by the sea. Port Hueneme is the place for travelers looking to dig their toes in the sand, take a long walk, drop a fishing line off the pier or just kick back and relax. With walking and biking trails winding throughout the city and a perfect climate almost year round, you can revive your soul in Hueneme.

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Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is an American national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean.

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