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Close your eyes and imagine this: The cool ocean breeze on your face as you paddle through the harbor. The aroma of fresh pumpkin spice coffee as you stroll with a cup downtown or the taste of sweet pumpkin pie you picked up from the local farmers market. The snap and crunch of leaves underfoot on a hike.
Welcome to fall in Ventura County Coast! The days here are warm enough for a paddle boarding or surf sesh at any of the region’s many beautiful beaches, and the evenings are cool and clear—perfect for roasting s’mores and stargazing. Plus, our countless local restaurants, breweries, wineries are all bursting with unbelievable fall flavors.
5 Days, 50 Miles
Ventura County Coast is accessible from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Coming from the north? Flip the itinerary!
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Day 1: Camarillo
Stop 1: Underwood Family Farms
5696 Los Angeles Ave., Somis
Pull on a pair of boots and grab a basket—it’s time to go picking on the farm! Whether you’re hunting for pumpkins (Look for the giant 450-pound pumpkins and every other type of pumpkin or gourd you can imagine!), fall fruit, veggies, or flowers, Underwood Family Farms is the place to go for an authentic ag experience. Once your basket is full, head over to say “hello” to pygmy goats, chickens, alpaca, and sheep. At this time of year, the farm prepares for its annual Fall Harvest on the Farm with live music, Halloween decor, tractor-drawn wagon rides, pig races and more. For vacation memories, be sure to snap a few pics of the kids at the hay pyramid and corn stalk tunnel!
Stop 2: Back Patio Cellars
930 Flynn Road #F
Dust the hay off your jeans to celebrate “the crush” and make your way to Back Patio Cellars or another one of the many wineries, tasting rooms or bottle shops you find along the way. Take in the friendly vibes and the relaxing atmosphere over a glass or two of California wine. This husband-and-wife-owned winery offers tastings, live music, and other special events. Everyone will feel like family here, even kids and dogs, who are welcome on the outdoor patio!
Day 2: Oxnard
Stop 1: Oxnard Historic Farm Park
61 N. Rice Ave. #1A
Can’t get your fill of farm life? Continue just a few minutes up the road to Oxnard Historic Farm Park. This family-friendly nonprofit honors Oxnard’s agricultural roots by recreating what life was like on the Oxnard Plain more than 100 years ago. The working farm grows lima beans, corn, and sugar beets (the county’s top crops in the late 1800s and early 1900s), as well as grapes from century-old vines and hops. But crops aren’t the only thing on display—there’s also vintage farm equipment and a Chumash native garden.
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Stop 2: 1901 Speakeasy
740 South B St.
Explore another side of history at 1901 Speakeasy—the area’s only Prohibition-inspired gin joint. Located downstairs in La Dolce Vita restaurant, 1901 offers a full food and bar menu, including seasonal concoctions and classic cocktails like Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs and Manhattans. Cozy up with a nightcap here or bar hop around town. Oxnard has a variety of bars and nightclubs to choose from.
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Day 3: Port Hueneme
Stop 1: Port Hueneme Beach Park
Here’s how to spend the ideal fall day in Port Hueneme: Start things off with a pastry and a foamy pumpkin spice latte from Anacappuccino, a popular coffee spot for locals. Then head to Port Hueneme Beach Park for a day full of biking, beach combing and surfing. Thanks to the Santa Ana winds, this time of year offers some of the best surfing conditions and swell. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, throw some burgers on one of the park’s barbecue pits and kick back at a picnic table to watch the sunset. Fun tip: the barbecue pits are also great for roasting s’mores!
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Day 4: Channel Islands National Park
Island Packers departs from Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard and Ventura Harbor, 1691 Spinnaker Dr #105B
Make sure you wear plenty of layers for this seafaring adventure! You’re going to want to spend the entire day (or more) exploring Channel Islands National Park in the fall. The autumn breeze at the islands is warm during the day, but temperatures drop a bit once the sun goes down. The park is known for its breathtaking landscape and thriving wildlife, which can be experienced by boat, kayak, or on foot for an unforgettable hike. The sky and water are clearest this time of year, so diving is at its best. Keep your eyes peeled for northern elephant seals as they begin to gather at their rookery site in late fall, migrating birds and blue and humpback whales. If you’re lucky, you might come across the illusive Island Fox too. Like to camp? Each of the five islands has a campground that requires advanced reservations. Make sure to bring a telescope or simply look up for some out-of-this-world stargazing!
Day 5: Ventura
Stop 1: Olivas Links
3750 Olivas Park Drive
Olivas Links is known for excellent golf and stunning views of the nearby Santa Clara River and Ventura Harbor. Voted one of the top municipal golf courses by Golf Week Magazine, Olivas Links has tees for players of all skill levels. If you’re looking for a different outdoors experience, head east to Harmon Canyon Preserve for a pastoral heaven of gnarled oaks, downy grasses, and wind-kissed vistas. The trail can get a little steep from time to time, but the weather, views and changing fall colors are absolutely worth it at this time of year.
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Stop 2: Barrelhouse 101
545 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura County Coast loves its sports! Finish your fantastic fall road trip drinking local brews and watching the big game at Barrelhouse 101. One part tavern, one part sports bar, Barrelhouse 101 has more than 100 beers on tap and an extensive food menu chock full of sides, burgers, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and fried seafood. Hot tip: the three types of spicy wings (hot, strawbanero, and fiery habanero) aren’t for the faint of heart.
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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.