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
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.