Nightlife on the Coast

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Ventura County Coast is home to awe-inspiring sunsets, beautiful beaches and darn near perfect surf conditions, but the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme all have exciting ways to experience nightlife with genuine Southern California vibes, for all ages and energy levels. Whether looking for a night out on the town or a quiet evening under the stars, below are some sure-fire ways to light it up on your next visit!

Bars, Restaurants and More

Grab dinner and drinks with your crew or some dessert with a date at The Mark, the newest place to hang out in Old Town Camarillo. Order your food and beverages at Freda’s Pizza and Woodfired Kitchen, Topa Topa Brewing Co., or Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, and then sit under the twinkle lights on the patio sharing vacation stories between sips and bites.

Brew. Grub. Tunes. Those are the three main ingredients at Oxnard’s Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen. Hardcore rockers can sing along with the band at the Stage Bar, while those looking for a more laid back experience will love the pub’s beer garden. Either way, it’s a jamming good time!

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Take a mini vacation to the Italian Riviera without leaving Ventura County Coast at the Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust. Close to Downtown Ventura shops and restaurants, the Renaissance Revival architecture of the historic building provides the perfect backdrop for spirited conversations over handcrafted cocktails. There’s also a full menu of gourmet sandwiches, snacks, and sides if you get hungry. 

Got a case of the late-night munchies? Head to PizzaMan Dan’s, “The Big Cheese of Pizza, Subs and Wings,” in Port Hueneme. Dan’s also has wine and beer, garlic cheesy bread, and their Famous High-5 Chocolate Cake. Chow down in person or have it delivered straight to your hotel.

Photo Courtesy of Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust

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Live Music and Events

Family-friendly Camarillo Bowl keeps the fun rolling at night with the added bonus of classic tunes and some groovy disco lights! There’s an old-timey arcade and a small cafe serving soda, beer, and favorites like burgers, sandwiches and fries.

Get ready for a night of laugh-out-loud fun at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard. There’s something for all ages and interests here! Enjoy dinner at one of the center’s eclectic restaurants and then head to a show at Levity Live, Oxnard’s nationally renowned comedy club, or the Century RiverPark 16 movie theater. 

Music lovers looking for a unique experience should check out the events calendar for Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach. Located in Port Hueneme, this community arts center books all kinds of acts, from funk and rock to purely classical.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Lion

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Nighttime Outdoor Activities

An aquatic adventure worth embarking on is the Scarlett Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat. Experience Southern charm and Southern California scenery by boat, which launches out of the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. Offering special holiday cruises inside the harbor like the Sunset Food and Wine Tasting cruise in the fall or the Holiday Lights Tour in December, check their calendar for year round public events. 

Light things up at night, literally, on the water at Ventura Harbor! This bustling port has holiday light displays in the winter, and in the summer, rent light-up swan, duck, and dragon pedal boats at Ventura Boat Rentals. These neon wonders are hard to miss and highly entertaining for teen travelers! 

Photo Courtesy of Scarlett Belle

Need a break from the bright lights of the city? Take in the awe inspiring sunset then relax with a night of stargazing in the Santa Monica Mountains near Camarillo. This mountain has several well-known spots for clear views of the constellations, meteor showers and more. Another popular destination is the extraordinary Channel Islands National Park, just a short boat ride off the coast. Campers here will get a show unlike any other!

Locals Tip: Check-off night time scuba diving from your bucket list on Santa Rosa Island. Charter dive boat operators offer overnight anchorage at Johnson’s Lee, where night diving takes place along shallower reefs. And some of the world’s best cold-water diving is here too according to local vibe and spear fisher, Lizzie East

Another worthwhile activity to do by starlight is night fishing from the Port Hueneme Beach Pier. The pier is open 24 hours a day and doesn’t require a fishing license, so you don’t have to worry about planning your visit too far in advance. Anglers have been known to reel in halibut, bass, batrays, and even barracuda!  

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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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