5 Steps for Planning an Eco-Friendly Road Trip

What is sustainability? There are lots of definitions out there, but simply put it’s living in a way that doesn’t deplete resources or harm the natural world. Maintaining a sustainable lifestyle can be challenging, especially when you’re traveling. Luckily, there are plenty of options in Ventura County Coast. Here are some tips for planning your multi-day eco-friendly road trip.

1. Plan Your Route

Getting to Ventura County Coast is half the fun! Quick Tip: Map out your trip before you leave to help save time, money and gas. It’ll also ensure that you see everything you want to see from the region’s beaches and hidden surf spots to our local breweries and more.

2. Go Electric or Use Public Transportation

Choosing to drive instead of fly should reduce your carbon footprint already, but take it to the next level by driving an electric or hybrid vehicle. If you don’t own one, consider renting one. Another option is to take public transportation, such as the train. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and MetroLink both make frequent stops in Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ventura, and Port Hueneme is just a short bus or bike ride away.

3. Choose Eco-Friendly Activities

Think about what you want to do when you get to Ventura County Coast! Zero- or low-emission outdoor activities are good for the environment and your health. Picnic at San Buenaventura State Beach or find your zen with yoga at Port Hueneme Beach Park. Have fun on the waves kayaking the open ocean with Channel Islands Adventure Company or cruising Channel Islands Harbor in a Venetian gondola with Gondola Paradiso. 

Landlubbers can get their kicks hiking our naturally gorgeous trails or peddling their cares away through the hills or on the boardwalk. Traveling with your furry friend? Ventura County Coast has several dog-friendly trails and beaches like Camarillo Grove Park or Ventura’s Surfer’s Point.  Make sure to stay on designated bike paths and trails and respect local wildlife and habitats by not touching animals or leaving any garbage. You can also choose to support organizations that are committed to sustainability, like an organic farm or wildlife cruise. We’ve got plenty to pick from!

4. Shop at Local Businesses for Sustainable Products and Services 

Shop at eco-friendly grocery stores, restaurants and merchants. Ventura County Coast is home to numerous certified green businesses, from big name brands like outdoor clothing company Patagonia (headquartered in Ventura) to small locally-owned mom and pop businesses. Do good by eating local! Many area restaurants support the community by sourcing fresh produce, sustainable seafood and meats from Ventura County Coast farms and ranches. And don’t miss shopping the region’s many Certified Farmers Markets for delicious organic fruits, vegetables, craft goods and more to take back with you.

5. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Make sure to keep these three Rs in mind when stocking up for your trip – recycle, reduce, reuse. Some essential travel items include reusable shopping bags, food containers, utensils, water bottles, and coffee mugs. Not only do these actions reduce waste, they help keep our area beaches and ocean waters clean too! Looking to make an impact while on your coastal vacation? Many local grassroot organizations like Surfrider Foundation put together beach cleanup days throughout the year. Do your part to preserve the planet while strolling our beaches and soaking up some serious California sunshine.

Go green on your next trip to Ventura County Coast. Book your eco-friendly stay today! The region is home to a wealth of accommodations ranging in size and prestige from hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts to inns. Find beautiful spots to tent camp or stop at an RV park. Ventura County Coast delivers an idyllic coastal experience blending whimsical seaside attractions with contemporary culture – all conveniently located just an hour north of LA.

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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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