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You packed a swimsuit, right?
Good! Because here in Ventura County Coast, the sun is shining and the weather is warm – it’s the perfect time to get in the water! The Channel Islands and beach cities of Oxnard and Ventura offer tons of harbor and ocean fun in the sun. Here are some must-do water activities.
Channel Islands Parasail
Channel Islands Parasail is the premier parasail operator based at the Marine Emporium Landing in Oxnard’s beautiful Channel Islands Harbor. Guests launch right from the boat and into the clear blue skies like gliding pelicans, capturing views of the Southern California coastline like no other way. Even greater than the physical lift of a parasail is the emotional lift that the serenity of soaring brings!
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Kayak through Ventura Harbor
Located in Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura Boat Rentals offers kayak, electric boat, stand-up paddle board, wave runner, and paddle boat rentals. They also offer public harbor tours and there are plenty of dining options, boutique shops, and games for the kids making it a great all-day destination.
Kayak through sea caves off Channel Islands National Park
Take one of the Sea Cave Kayak Tours at Channel Islands Adventure Company and spend the day exploring the sea caves around Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. Kids ages 6 and older are welcome with an adult. Snorkel gear is also available for rent at their storefront on the island.
Take a Venetian gondola cruise through the Channel Islands Harbor
Spend a romantic and peaceful gondola ride with friends and family. Gondola Paradiso takes you around Oxnard’s beautiful Channel Islands Harbor in a private gondola at a reasonable price.
Whale watch with Island Packers
Go on a wildlife cruise with Island Packers! Humpback whales and the endangered Blue whales along with other species of whales can be seen as they feed on swarms of krill. You might also see dolphins, sea lions, and birds.
Go Catch Some Waves
With pristine beaches comes amazing surfing. We got you covered with our top 11 popular and reliable spot for surfing.
Take a stroll down the Port Hueneme Pier
Sometimes the best way to spend time at the beach is to take a quiet walk down the pier. Port Hueneme Pier is definitely the place to go, with few crowds, an expansive beach, and easy parking.
Go Float Tubing at Mother’s Beach
Mother’s Beach is a protected beach, free from strong currents and crashing waves making it the ideal place for water activities. This beach is the perfect place for kids, swimmers, paddle boarders, and float tubers! This serene beach is located right next to Ventura Harbor just past the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center.
Things to Pack
With year-round sunshine, you can bet you will need your sunglasses at the X Games Finals.
You will need your bathing suit or board shorts for our 22 miles of beaches and surf. Get ready to soak in the sun.
Capture all the action at the X Games 2023 Finals! Be sure to bring your camera.
Ventura Coast Coast has miles of trails to explore. From coastal walks to mountain treks, there’s something for everyone.
The Ventura County Fairgrounds can get breezy and cool in the evenings. Be sure to bring a light jacket to throw on at night and in the mornings.
Spending all day in the sun? Protect your skin! It’s what the dermatologist ordered.
Your Favorite Hat
Being outside all day can take it’s toll. Make yourself more comfortable and keep the sun out of your face with your favorite hat.
Outfit for a Night Out
Don’t forget an outfit for a nice dinner and a night out on the town.
No matter what city you are in, there are views everywhere. Maybe you will spot dolphins or even a whale!
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