Local Vibe: Gabriel Camacho

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: Gabriel Camacho

 

Do you have nickname? If so what is it? Camacho or Gabe

Did you grow up here or end up here? Born and Raised SOCAL native. Grew up in South Oxnard.

Do you work at a business located in Ventura County Coast? Although I have a new job now, I previously served as the Supervisor of Operations at Sonesta Select Camarillo.

Please tell us about the business. Sonesta Select Camarillo is one of the best places to stay when traveling to Camarillo. The staff is mindful, polite and determined to make every guest feel welcomed, comfortable and safe.

Why do you like working in Ventura County Coast? The weather is always on point! It’s home to some of the top food spots in the state. We have a melting pot of diverse people and restaurant choices, and we have some of the most educated, talented, down-to-earth people from all walks of life. The sense of community and togetherness is a trait that I proudly preach about Ventura County Coast.

What is your favorite thing about Ventura County Coast? While growing up in here, I’ve learned to appreciate the diversity, culture, and tradition the county has to offer. The diversity has given me the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships with people of all backgrounds and beliefs. The county welcomes visitors with open arms. 

We have some of the most educated, talented, down-to-earth people from all walks of life.” –Gabriel Camacho

Find Good Vibes! 

If someone is planning a visit to Ventura County Coast, what are five things you recommend they pack for the trip?

  1. Bring your stretchy pants for all the delicious food.

  2. Pack a portable charger, the days are long and full of adventure. You’re going to want to capture it.

  3. Don’t forget a portable speaker, bring some of your own musical flavor!

  4. Shoes are important! You’ll need some for hiking, dancing and running to your new favorite taco truck.

  5. Before leaving your house, make sure you have extra space in your luggage for all the shopping you’ll be doing at the Camarillo Outlets.

    Bonus: Highly recommend bringing a Polaroid camera.

What is your favorite restaurant in Ventura County Coast? Casa Bella Steak House in Downtown Ventura!

What’s the best thing on the menu? I start with an order of the crispy cauliflower or filet chile relleno. For my main course, it’s the 16-ounce medium-rare ribeye steak accompanied by the green chile twice-baked potato and two jalapenos grilled to perfection. Lastly, I wash it down with a millionaire margarita.

What 5 things would you recommend someone do when visiting Ventura County Coast?

  1. Check out the taco trucks in Oxnard.

  2. Hit the beaches around Downtown Ventura.

  3. Grab Toppers Pizza and rent a boat at the Channel Island Harbor.

  4. Feed the ducks and go for a bike ride at Hueneme Beach.

  5. Ask a local for their favorite date spot, you won’t be disappointed.

Please explain your perfect day in Ventura County Coast. Wake up and  head over to Café Amri with my friends for breakfast. After that, I would grab a cooler filled with refreshments and go over to Silver Strand Beach with my pup, Chase, where we would catch some waves and some sunshine. Afterwards, we’d go over to In ‘N Out for lunch and follow that up with a nap. Next, we’d head down to the outlets to buy a new outfit. Then, we would go back home to get ready for a nice dinner in Downtown Ventura at Casa Bella. We’d continue the night with a walk down to the sand to get a great view of the sunset. Lastly, I’d finish the night with a few drinks at one of the many bars downtown.

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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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