Fall Road Trip

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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. 

Hop in, buckle up, and get ready for an unforgettable road trip in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Port Hueneme with this five-day itinerary!

5 Days, 50 Miles

Ventura County Coast is accessible from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Start: Camarillo 
End: Ventura
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!

📷 : @underwoodfamilyfarms

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!

📷 : @backpatiocellars

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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.

📷 : @hikingwithsun

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.

📷 : @visitoxnardca

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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!

📷 : @anacappuccino

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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!

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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

📷 : @yourbonvivant

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.

📷 : @barrelhouse101

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

Regions

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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