Insider Tips:  What To See and Do In Ventura County Coast

Each month, we feature a different Ventura County Coast hotelier who will share their favorite things to see and do in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Point Hueneme.  Our second featured hotelier is Juliet Kong, owner of Bella Capri Inn & Suites in Camarillo.  Juliet will cover her favorite breakfast spots, secret shopping tips and what she loves most about living in Ventura County Coast.

Featured Hotelier:  Juliet Kong, Owner of Bella Capri Inn & Suites

How long have you been in Ventura County Coast?

I grew up in Camarillo and attended Rio Mesa High School (Go Spartans!) before going to Harvard University in Boston for my undergraduate degree. I stayed on the East Coast for a few years post college and returned to Camarillo in 2011 to run the Bella Capri Inn & Suites.

I’ve always loved this area and it has been wonderful seeing Ventura County evolve over the years. The shopping, the social and foodie events, the education (CSUCI in particular)…everything has become so accessible. Also, I love to eat (a lot), so it has been really exciting for me to see all the great restaurants popping up all around the area!

What do you like most about Ventura County Coast?

Honestly…the weather and location! It’s hard to beat the weather in Ventura County. I’ve lived on the East Coast and briefly in Asia, and it is so easy to get spoiled with the sunshine here. I brag (often) to my friends and family about how lucky I feel that we get perfect weather almost all year round…

One of my favorite things is to cut down to the PCH and drive along the Coast to enjoy the beach views and bask in the sunshine. It doesn’t matter if I go north to Santa Barbara or south to LA because it’s a close drive to my destination either way. Ventura County Coast is so centrally located – it’s so convenient!

Favorite restaurant to take the family

Ok, I like to eat…so I have a bunch of favorites…

For breakfast, I always go to the Old Town Café in Camarillo. I have family sprinkled throughout North America and whenever they visit, they always want to eat there because of the seasonal favorites like Pumpkin Bacon Pancakes and Chicken and Waffles!

For lunch, I really like Lure in Camarillo for their charbroiled oysters, Tacos Mi Pueblo in Oxnard for their homemade tortillas and lengua tacos, and in Ventura, the Cave for their creative tapas and fun wine sampling machine.

For dinner, Gen Korean BBQ in the Collection in Oxnard is my go-to. It is an amazing deal for All-You-Can-Eat BBQ and so delicious!

For dessert, Bread Basket in Camarillo has really great pastries and cakes with their yummy berry filling. Rolling Pin in Camarillo is a great place to grab a sweet bite after hours. They have super fresh donuts and they are always open late!

Favorite romantic spot or family-friendly activity

Golf N’ Stuff in Ventura has been one of my favorite places over the years for birthdays or fun play dates. Mini golf and arcade games! Totally makes you feel like a kid again.

Favorite shopping

The Camarillo Premium Outlets because it has everything. There are so many options! It’s where I buy all my gifts for the holidays. Tip: Shop for all your Christmas gifts during the week of Thanksgiving if you can because many stores have their Black Friday sales already set up earlier that week. The selection is better and there are no lines yet!

Favorite outdoor activity

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity?  Besides that, I enjoy playing tennis. It’s nice that I can play all year round here since it’s always sunny here.

Favorite beach

Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard because it is serene and never too crowded. I also really enjoy the Ventura Harbor and beaches, which is a nice area to stroll around with its cute artsy shops and restaurants; plus they have the Ventura Comedy Club, which has some fun acts from time to time!

About Bella Capri Inn & Suites

Nestled in the heart of beautiful Old Town Camarillo, Bella Capri Inn & Suites is known for its true hospitality, newly renovated hotel rooms and sun-bathed courtyard. Family owned and operated, they strive to make your experience a memorable one.

After checking-in to one of the newly-renovated rooms, take a break and grab some brunch at the on-site restaurant, Old Town Cafe.  Or take a stroll down the Boulevard – Bella Capri is in walking distance to great restaurants, bars and shops.  Treat yourself to an afternoon of shopping at the Camarillo Premium Outlets or relax and experience the romantic sunsets of the Ventura and Oxnard beaches — the Pacific Coast is just minutes away.

Camarillo, California is just a quick drive from Los Angeles, Ventura, Channel Islands, Santa Barbara and other great scenic Southern California cities.  Bella Capri Inn & Suites is conveniently located off the 101 Ventura Freeway.

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