Local Vibe: Nathan Doud

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: Nathan Doud

 

Did you grow up here or end up here? I was born here in Ventura at Community Memorial Hospital. I started school at E.P. Foster, then went to Elmhurst Elementary, Anacapa Middle School and graduated from Buena High School in 1999. From ages of 5 to 14, I lived in Pepper Tree Condominiums then moved down the street to the McKeon Condos until I was nearly 17, then moved near Buena High School.

Do you own a business located in Ventura County Coast? Yes, Beachside CrossFit.

Tell us about your business. We are a CrossFit Gym with adult, teen and kids classes, personal training and nutrition coaching.

Why did you base your business in Ventura County Coast?  This is my home.

There are many great things about Ventura County Coast, from the year-round great weather to laid back vibe.” – Nathan Doud

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What is your favorite thing about Ventura County Coast? There are many great things about Ventura County Coast, from the year-round great weather to laid back vibe. Here you can go to the beach and hike amazing trails in the same day. You can scuba dive in the kelp forest at our local Channel Islands. After a day of exploring or playing at the beach, you can choose from countless local Mexican food restaurants.

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

  1. Beach towel
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Hiking shoes
  4. Flip flops
  5. Board shorts 

What is your favorite restaurant in Ventura County Coast? Lure in downtown Ventura serves great seafood. If you want fresh and quick Mexican food, I would recommend Rosabella’s Café in Ventura. Want sushi? Hanada Sushi is the best, most authentic sushi you can find!

What’s the best thing on the menu?

  • Lure–House made Guacamole, Ceviche & Idaho Trout Almondine.
  • Rosabella’s Cafe–If you’re looking to get a not-so-healthy treat, go for the carnitas nachos. 
  • Hanada Sushi–Everything. My favorite is salmon for both sushi and sashimi.

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

  1. Hit the beach
  2. Rent bikes at the Ventura Pier and ride down the Promenade to watch the surfers … you may see some dolphins, too!
  3. Go to Grant Park (aka “The Cross”) and see an amazing view of downtown and the Pacific Ocean
  4. Drive to Santa Paula and hike the “Punch Bowls”
  5. If you love to dive or snorkel, go to Santa Cruz Island and explore the kelp forest

Please explain your perfect day in Ventura County Coast. I am a beach person, so my perfect day is at the beach. There are many to choose from, like Silver Strand in Oxnard to Mondos, so you can always find a new scene. Next, I would get on my beach cruiser, grab some stuff and ride down to the sand. After a day at the beach, I would clean up and go to Hanada Sushi in Port Hueneme and eat as much as possible.

Business Information: BeachSide CrossFit

Physical Address: 2646 Palma Dr, Ventura, CA, 93003
Phone Number: (805) 427-2244

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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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