We love Ventura County Coast, but we’re not the only ones! Find out what makes this area so special from the people who know it best. Our “Local Vibe” stories provide an insider’s look at the region as we learn about favorite places to eat, shop, play and explore as well as tips on what to bring when you visit.
Meet: Carson Peterson
Did you grow up here or end up here? I have lived in Ventura for the past six years. I was here first from preschool through first grade, then moved away. But the beauty of Ventura called us back, so we moved here again.
Do you work or go to school in Ventura County Coast? Yes, I am a student at Ventura High School.
What is your favorite thing about Ventura County Coast? Ventura County Coast has the most supportive community ever. Ever since my experience on Top Chef Jr., Ventura County Coast has been so gracious and has opened many doors for me.
“Ventura County Coast has the most supportive community ever.” – Carson Peterson
If someone is planning a visit to Ventura County Coast, what are five things you recommend they pack for the trip?
- Boogie boards or surf boards
- Lots of beach toys
- Swim trunks
- A big appetite
What is your favorite restaurant in Ventura County Coast? I love Slate Bistro located in Camarillo. I also recommend Peirano’s and RumFish for Downtown Ventura.
What’s the best thing on the menu? Slate’s seafood is the bomb. Peirano’s has the best Italian sausage sub on the planet, and at RumFish, tacos are the way to go.
What 5 things would you recommend someone do when visiting Ventura County Coast?
- Go hiking at Arroyo Verde
- Visit Lake Casitas up in Ojai
- Go see the Ventura pier
- Take a swim by Marina Park
- Go shopping in Downtown Ventura
Please explain your perfect day in Ventura County Coast. My perfect day in Ventura County Coast would start with an early breakfast at The Cajun Cafe, followed by a morning row session with the Lake Casitas Crew team, of which I am a varsity member. Then I’ll head down to RumFish for a nice lunch to fuel me up for swimming at Marina Park afterward.