Local Vibe: Mee Lee

We love Ventura County Coast, but we’re not the only ones! Find out what makes this area so special from people who live in the “Local Vibe” spotlight. They’ll share their favorite places to eat, shop, and play as well as tips on what to bring when you visit.

Meet: Mee Lee

Do you have a nickname? If so what is it? MeeMee

Did you grow up here or end up here? In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, and with a newfound love for surfing, I threw everything in storage, bought a plane ticket to Hawaii, and long story short, ended up in California where by God’s providence I stumbled upon Ventura and never looked back!

Do you own a business located in Ventura County Coast? Yes

What is the name of your business? Although currently on hiatus, I used to own and operate a paleo nut butter company called Mee Eat Paleo! Everything was paleo and keto friendly, Whole30 approved, non-GMO, with no added sugars, super delicious, and all handcrafted here in Ventura.

Why did you base your business in Ventura County Coast? I couldn’t think of a better place to base my business than the beautiful city I love and now call home. The community here is so supportive of small local businesses! If I ever start it up again, I’d keep it here in Ventura!

Do you work or go to school in Ventura County Coast? Personal Trainer and Coach at BeachSide CrossFit since 2010! Truly thankful to God for the opportunity to help people achieve optimal health and fitness and guide them to accomplish things they never thought were possible, both in and out of the gym! 

I love to play outside, and whether I want to surf, hike, backpack, or camp … Ventura County has it all!-Mee Lee

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

  1. Slippers (aka flip flops) and sneakers
  2. Swimsuit
  3. Layers
  4. Camera
  5. Sunglasses

What is your favorite restaurant in Ventura County Coast, and what is the best thing on the menu?

  • Sushi Hanada – Omakase (with extra uni & hamachi)
  • Rice by Mama – Tom Yum Fried Rice with pork, spicy!
  • Cuernavaca – Anything al pastor
  • Fluid state – The Italian Massage pizzaaa

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

  1. Surf and enjoy the beach and always stay for the sunset!
  2. Hike – The Cross, Punchbowls, Two Trees, and Matilija are some of my faves
  3. Explore the Channel Islands
  4. If you’re ever in town on a Sunday, join us at 10:30am at Harvest Bible Chapel Ventura!
  5. Drop in for a workout at BeachSide CrossFit, of course!

Please explain your perfect day in Ventura County Coast. Spend a day at the beach with good company or with a good book, surf all day and enjoy the sunset! 

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

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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