10 Ways to Wellness

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Keep your health momentum going strong or take that first step in the right direction on a new wellness journey when you visit our Ventura County Coast communities. From Camarillo and Port Hueneme to Oxnard and Ventura, opportunities to feed your mind, body, and spirit abound. Whether you’re focusing on nutrition, seeking peace and quiet, or pushing the boundaries of your fitness regimen, we’ve laid out 10 ways to prioritize your health and well-being through experiences that promise to leave you glowing from the inside out.

1. Try Something New:  Trying something new and going outside your comfort zone is good for your brain, creativity, and confidence. Have you always wanted to learn to surf? Seize the day and take a lesson with Silver Strand Surf School or Ventura Surf School. Never gone snorkeling? Book a guided snorkeling excursion with Channel Islands Adventure Co. Want to stretch your inner yogi off the mat? Try a water-based class led by Sea Dog Yoga, YOGAqua, or Paddle Into Fitness.

2. Send Yourself to Boot Camp:  Book a CrossFit class—or a week’s worth of training—with local fitness pro Nathan Doud and his team. BeachSide CrossFit offers a week-long drop in pass for just $60, so you can live like a local for a week and jump start your fitness routine.

3. Commit to a Race:  Joe De Sena, New York Times best-selling author and founder of the Spartan Race, is a big proponent of having a big date on the calendar to motivate you to train harder. Follow his lead and sign up for one of our local races, like the Ventura Marathon (February), Camarillo Marathon (August), or Santa to the Sea half marathon (December).

4. Unplug Offshore:  Take a break from screen time and unplug with a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park, considered the Galapagos of North America for its pristine, diverse ecosystem. Ferries and excursions leave from both Channel Islands and Ventura Harbors, and adventure options range from hiking and kayaking to scuba diving.

5. Eat Clean & Green: Eating wholesome, organic food is not only good for your health; it also supports our local farmers and is good for the environment. Stock up on fresh organic produce at one of our regional farmers’ markets:  Ventura (Wednesday & Saturday), Oxnard (Thursday), Channel Islands Harbor (Sunday), and Camarillo Old Town (Saturday). For plant-based eateries, check out our guide to the region’s Top 5 Vegan & Vegetarian Dining Destinations.

6. Savor Sustainable Seafood:  Seafood is an excellent source of essential nutrients that are low in saturated fat and high in protein. Local fishermen bring their hauls into both of our working harbors and you can savor fresh catch at Lure Fish House in Ventura and Camarillo, Brophy’s and Andrea’s at Ventura Harbor Village and Sea Fresh at Channel Islands Harbor.

7. Find Your Zen:  Tap into the meditative and healing powers of the sea with a visit to one of our beautiful, uncrowded beaches. Find your Zen paddle boarding on the glassy waters in and around Channel Islands and Ventura Harbors. Or drop in for a yoga or meditation class at a local studio.

8. Hit the Trails:  Forest bathing is a concept that originated in Japan and spread around the globe. Shinrin-yoku is based on the mental and physical health benefits of time spent in nature, which can be as simple as walking among the trees. Check out our guide to Hiking in the Ventura County Coast to find the perfect tree-lined path for you. Explore two outdoor gems in Ventura: Harmon Canyon Preserve and the Ventura Botanical Gardens, both of which offer hiking trails and exquisite vistas. 

9. Take a Spin: Biking has a way of reconnecting you to your inner child, and it’s great for your cardiovascular health and strengthening. Learn more about regional biking trails in our Pedal Your Cares Away guide to the best local bike rides.

10.  Pamper Yourself:  Treat yourself to bodywork and beauty treatments at local spas, be it massages, facials, chiropractic alignment, or one of the many rejuvenating methods on offer. Check out our Self-Care guide for helpful tips and resources and Be Well in Camarillo for more spa-centric ideas.

Take time for yourself for a weekend or even mid-week escape. Browse our welcoming and accommodating lodging options to find your ideal place to rest and relax during your stay.

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

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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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