California’s Premiere Location for Sunny, Uncrowded Beaches

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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/

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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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