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Beaches in Ventura County Coast were made for relaxation and good times. Get away from it all in a sandy oasis with plenty of sunshine, awesome surf, exciting wildlife and out-of-this-world views. No matter what kind of beach experience you’re looking for, there’s a stretch of sand with your name on it. Here’s a list of some of our region’s most popular beaches.
Make Camarillo a Home Base
Conveniently located halfway between Santa Barbara and LA, Camarillo is a family-friendly home base for exploring Southern California beaches. This sunny, welcoming town is close to sandy shores, well-known surf spots, and strolling and shopping. It’s just minutes from a long list of Ventura County Coast beaches and a short drive across the county line to star-studded Malibu Beach. For more info about everything Camarillo has to offer, view Visit Camarillo’s website.
Lay Out Like a Movie Star in Oxnard
Funky, fun and culturally diverse Oxnard has seven beautiful beaches along its coast. Here, you can access the unparalleled Channel Islands National Park, sink your toes in the sand at Hollywood Beach, a destination made famous during the Golden Age of film, and even explore a shipwreck.
Movie stars like Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and John Wayne flocked to Oxnard in the 1920s through the 1950s to explore the specially-designed neighborhood “Hollywood-by-the-Sea.” Today Hollywood Beach is one of Oxnard’s most frequented beaches. Lay out on the warm sand, look for sea glass on the shore or dolphins swimming by, or have a delish seaside picnic. It’s a location all ages will love!
Silver Strand Beach is a local favorite in Oxnard. Named after the “silver screen” of Hollywood, this mile-long stretch of white sand is relatively private with stunning views of the Channel Islands and nearby harbor. It’s the perfect place for year-round surfing, kayaking and relaxing.
Located just steps from a local resort, Oxnard/Mandalay State Beach has a little bit of everything: sun-kissed shores, gnarly waves, winding bike paths, volleyball courts and barbecue areas. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure to check out the pirate-themed playground. Check out Visit Oxnard’s website for a full list of beaches and unique experiences, like parasailing and gondola rides.
“Pier” Out in Port Hueneme
Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, Port Hueneme Beach is known throughout Ventura County Coast as a cool spot to kick back, grab a bite, or do some serious pier fishing. This picturesque Southern California beach is a great getaway location for family, friends, or just yourself, and it’s located walking or biking distance from local hotels, so you don’t have to worry about parking. Don’t forget to go for a stroll on Port Hueneme Pier and snap a pic or two before calling it a day!
Explore the Channel Islands
Set sail for the Channel Islands, an adventurer’s dream! The five islands—Santa Cruz, San Miguel, Anacapa, Santa Barbara and Santa Rosa—provide a peaceful escape from Southern California’s metropolitan areas, with miles of breathtaking coastal views, beautiful beaches, excellent hiking trails and more. (Heads up: There aren’t any sandy beaches on Santa Barbara Island, just rocky cliffs).
The islands are a playground for water lovers with unbelievable scuba diving, snorkeling and cave kayaking. Channel Islands Adventure Company offers guided tours that include rental gear, and check out Island Packers for transportation to and from the islands, as well as whale watching tours
Ride the Waves in Ventura
Whether you want to surf, paddle board, kayak, jet ski, catch a professional surfing tournament or take a surf lesson from a professional, Ventura beaches have it all.
San Buenaventura State Beach is best known for its historic pier and promenade, but it’s also ideal for picnics, viewing wildlife and water activities. Want a little wind in your hair? Jump on a beach cruiser! Wheel Fun Rentals rents out bikes, surreys and more. Located across from Ventura Harbor Village is Surfer’s Knoll, a totally fun beach that features epic surf, a natural estuary and free parking. It’s perfect for riding the waves (expert swimmers only) or strolling at sunset.
Just north of Ventura is Rincon Beach, with some of the best surf on the Central Coast or Mondos Beach offering beginner-friendly waves and long rides. Mondos is a must-go spot if you’re new to surfing or want to do some boogie boarding or body surfing. More advanced riders will love “C” Street/Surfers Point, known for consistently good foam.
Hang with family and friends at Emma Wood State Beach or Faria Beach Campground, both one-stop spots for surfing, camping, birdwatching, fishing, biking and hiking. The campgrounds are equipped with picnic areas, restrooms, showers, and more, so you can kick back and relax in style.
Ready to hit the sand? Book your trip today at www.venturacountycoast.com/places-to-stay/.
Things to Pack
With year-round sunshine, you can bet you will need your sunglasses on this road trip.
You will need your bathing suit for our 22 miles of beaches. Get ready to soak in the sun.
With so many amazing views, you won’t want to be without your camera on this road trip!
Ventura Coast Coast has miles of trails to explore. From coastal walks to mountain treks, there’s something for everyone.
Since we are on the coast, the ocean breeze cools us off in the evenings. Bring a light jacket to throw on at night and in the mornings.
Spending all day in the sun? Protect your skin! It’s what the dermatologist ordered.
Your Favorite Hat
Whether you are spending your day at the beach, exploring the Channel Islands National Park or simply cruising around town, keep the sun out of your face with your favorite hat.
Outfit for a Night Out
Don’t forget an outfit for a nice dinner and a night out on the town.
No matter what city you are in, there are views everywhere. Maybe you will spot dolphins or even a whale!
Mask + Hand Sanitizer
Travel responsibly and help keep Ventura County Coast safe.