California’s Premier Seaside Escape: Ventura County Coast

In the heart of California’s Central Coast, Ventura County Coast breathes life into any corporate retreat, with pristine beaches, charming coastal cities, flourishing farms, orchards and vineyards. Home to Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Port Hueneme, the seaside haven offers more than 200,000 square feet of conference space and 5,000 guest rooms in over 60 hotels and inns.

With value-minded, state-of-the-art facilities near waterfronts, golf courses, wineries, quaint Old Towns and bustling Main Streets, this ideal destination can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 10,000 guests.

“What makes our communities special is their small-town charm and exceptional hospitality,” explains Rebekah Evans, Executive Director of the Ventura County Lodging Association (VLCA). “It truly is a breath of fresh air for organizations and groups that need to get away.”


In the heart of California’s Central Coast, Ventura County Coast breathes life into any corporate retreat, with pristine beaches, charming coastal cities, flourishing farms, orchards and vineyards. Home to Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Port Hueneme, the seaside haven offers more than 200,000 square feet of conference space and 5,000 guest rooms in over 60 hotels and inns.

With value-minded, state-of-the-art facilities near waterfronts, golf courses, wineries, quaint Old Towns and bustling Main Streets, this ideal destination can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 10,000 guests.

“What makes our communities special is their small-town charm and exceptional hospitality,” explains Rebekah Evans, Executive Director of the Ventura County Lodging Association (VLCA). “It truly is a breath of fresh air for organizations and groups that need to get away.”

Meet and Stay

The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach has 19,000 square feet of event space directly on the shores of the Santa Barbara Channel. Groups can book their event inside the newly-renovated Top of the Harbor ballroom, where guests are treated to 360-degree panoramic shoreline views.

The Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn exudes whimsical charm with lush landscaping and craftsman-style architecture. The property features two 1925 English Tudor revival cottages and a 1935 Spanish Revival Banquet Center that sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard, adjacent to River Ridge Golf Course, is the perfect balance of work and play, with two pools, three spas, four lighted tennis courts, and outdoor patio with a fire pit.

Convenient to local attractions, Hampton Inn & Suites Camarillo is the closest hotel to the Camarillo Premium Outlets, one of California’s hottest shopping destinations. The Holiday Inn Express Port Hueneme, steps from the gorgeous beaches, is a no-brainer for groups seeking uninterrupted rest and relaxation.


Farm to Table Dining

Located along an agricultural green-belt, Ventura County Coast is ideal for sampling fresh local seafood and locally-sourced produce.

For a behind-the-scenes experience, the Ventura Food Tour allows foodies to meet local chefs, chocolate makers, and brewmasters. The outdoor farmers markets are popular for fresh seasonal produce, hand-crafted items, artisan cheeses, gourmet sauces and olive oil, plants and flowers.

The Ventura County Wine Trail links 11 artisan wineries in Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura that source premium grapes from vineyards all along the California coast. The wine trail has plentiful options for gourmet dining, such as the award-winning Tierra Sur, inside Herzog Wine Cellars.

Oxnard’s multicultural influences and farming heritage make it a great place to try exciting Mexican, Brazilian, Thai and Italian dishes. The destination is quickly becoming known for its brewpubs and wine bars, like Twenty88 Wine Bistro in Old Town Camarillo.


Unwind & Explore

Groups can unwind with seaside activities such as sport fishing, whale watching, boat tours and cocktail cruises to inland adventures including golfing, go-kart racing, shopping and wine tasting.

Port Hueneme is a serene beach city whose name comes from the Chumash Indian word for “resting place.” True to its name, Port Hueneme Beach Park features a long strip of soft white sand and 50 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland with picnic areas, barbecue pits, volleyball nets and a pier that is popular among the local fisherman.

Those seeking leisure at its best can head to Camarillo, which has four golf courses, including two public courses open year round: Sterling Hills Golf Club and Camarillo Springs Public Golf Course.

Style-seekers should not miss Camarillo Premium Outlets, with over 160 outlet stores, including Armani, Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tommy Hilfiger.

At the San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, visitors can parasail over the ocean, bike along the promenade, paddle through the harbor and catch waves at Surfers Point. History buffs can tour Mission San Buenaventura, the ninth and last California mission founded by Padre Junípero Serra.

From Oxnard, groups can explore the breathtaking Channel Islands National Park, which features whale watching, kayaking, riverboating and island hiking.

For more information about places to go, things to do, and ideas about hosting a meeting or event in VenturaCountyCoast, go to www.VenturaCountyCoast.com/meetings.