7 Eco-Friendly Road Trip Tips

Treading gently on the environment and conserving the natural bounty that surrounds us has always been a part of Ventura County Coast’s ethos. Our communities care about maintaining a pristine coastline, protecting our hillsides and rivers, and cultivating our rich agricultural lands sustainably. It is our great honor to serve as the gateway to the majestic Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. And we are equally proud that the pioneering outdoor lifestyle brand, Patagonia, is headquartered here—these eco-warriors are well-known for putting their money where their mouths are when it comes to being champions for Plant Earth, not to mention giving consumers great green options.

In this same spirit, we invite you to roam responsibly when you visit us. Making intentional choices with how you spend your hard-earned travel dollars and how you navigate our destination can have a big impact while minimizing your footprint. From supporting small businesses and taking advantage of public transportation, to eating and drinking locally and seasonally and adventuring with care, let these seven eco-friendly travel tips inspire your next Ventura County Coast trip.

#1:  Go Car-Free

Consider leaving your car behind and taking the train. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and the MetroLink commuter rail both make frequent stops in Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ventura—and Port Hueneme is just a short bus or bike ride away. Camarillo Area Transit has a convenient and affordable trolley service running on a loop. You can rent bikes from outfitters like Wheel Fun Rentals who have six locations in convenient locations throughout Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme. Ventura County Transit Commission operates bus service throughout the region and offers more helpful resources to help you plan how to get around without a car. And there’s always rideshare services like Uber and Lyft to fill the gaps.

#2:  Opt Outside

When you opt outside responsibly, your mind, body, and the environment stand to reap a plethora of benefits. Spend a day enjoying our uncrowded beaches, hunting for sea glass in Ventura, watching the surfers in Port Hueneme, and getting your steps in walking in the sands of Oxnard Shores. Find your Zen with al fresco yoga on the beach, in the park, or on the water. Take a day trip to the Channel Islands from either Ventura or Channel Islands Harbor—once there, you can hike or go kayaking through massive sea caves with Channel Islands Adventure Company.

Back on land, get grounded hiking our naturally gorgeous trails or pedaling your cares away through the hills or on the boardwalks. Do you part by staying on designated bike paths and hiking trails. Respect local wildlife and habitats by not touching animals and leaving no trace (a.k.a. don’t litter, which of course you know better!). Traveling with your furry friends? Ventura County Coast has several dog-friendly trails and beaches like Camarillo Grove Park and Ventura’s Surfer’s Point, too.

#3:  Eat & Drink Green

Our bountiful agricultural industry spoils us with an abundance of organic produce all year round. Dine at farm-to-table restaurants where chefs make creative use of the delicious harvests. Support our sustainable fisheries and enjoy fresh catch from our local waters at seaside spots like Kanaloa Seafood. Savor locally brewed craft beers and regional wines. Sip cocktails made with local ingredients, from spirits distilled on our sunny shores to fresh fruit and herbs sourced from local growers. Patronize independent coffee shops that roast their own ethically sourced, fair-trade beans or support equally responsible artisan roasters like Humblemaker Coffee Co. in Ventura, who serve cups of Joe from inside a really cool renovated shipping container. Get closer to the land, learn about regenerative agriculture, and meet local farmers on a Farm Trail tour or a visit to one of our weekly farmers’ markets. Eating and drinking green sounds pretty darn delicious, doesn’t it?

#4:  Buy Local

In addition to buying locally grown produce and hand-crafted libations to bring home as souvenirs, consider shopping small and supporting local entrepreneurs. Hit independent boutiques and cooperative marketplaces scattered throughout our pedestrian-friendly main streets, downtowns, and harbor complexes that are a delight to browse around. We’ve got great surf shops for all your swim and beachwear needs and well-curated, fashionable boutiques carrying pieces that will make your stand-out from the crowd. Plus, your support will help keep these folks in business while contributing valuable tax revenues that get reinvested in the community.

#5:  Embrace Sustainable Style

Say “no ” to fast fashion and buy secondhand to lessen your impact on the environment and prevent perfectly good items from going into the landfill. Ventura County Coast is known for its awesome thrifting and vintage scenes, from clothing and accessories to furniture and home décor, you will certainly be able to score big! Swing into spots like Coalition thrift store in Ventura, Green Goddess Boutique in Camarillo and Streets of Vintage in Oxnard.

📸: Green Goddess Boutique

#6:  Support Certified Green Businesses

Ventura County Coast is home to numerous certified green businesses, including big name brands like Patagonia, locally-owned mom and pop shops, restaurants, and hotels. Check out the list of businesses who have taken the time to get certified by the Ventura County Green Business program, which is part of the large California Green Business Network. Reward their commitment to sustainability by supporting businesses who are going above and beyond.

📸: Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance

#7:  Educate Yourself

Expand your knowledge on all things sustainability and conservation with a visit to area attractions that offer a unique lens on climate and environment. Channel Islands Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the wonders of local maritime heritage and their exhibits highlight the complex interrelationships with the ecology of the ocean. Pair that with a beautiful walk through Ventura Botanical Gardens whose world-class botanical garden showcases and preserves native plants while simultaneously providing educational, recreational, and cultural enhancement—plus, the 360-degree island and mountain views can’t be beat! Camarillo’s Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology is another fascinating place to learn about natural history and the world of birds. Their impressive collections include more than 225,00 sets of eggs, 18,000 nests, and 56,000 bird study skins. In fact, the nest collection is the largest of its kind in the world.

Book your eco-friendly stay today! We offer a diversity of accommodation types, ranging in size and prestige from global chain hotels and motels to bed & breakfasts and charming inns. You can also find incredible spots to tent camp or stop at an RV park

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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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