Here in California’s Central Coast, the sun is shining and the weather is warm – it’s the perfect time to get in the water! The beach cities of Oxnard and Ventura offer tons of harbor, beach and ocean fun-in-the-sun.
Here are 9 must-do water activities in Ventura County Coast!
1. Kayak through Ventura Harbor
Located in Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura Boat Rentals offers kayak, electric boats, stand up paddle boards, wave runners, and paddle boat rentals. They also offer public harbor tours, private dinner or cocktail cruises, and more. There are plenty of dining options, boutique shops, and games for the kids making it a great all-day destination.
2. Go on a snorkeling tour at Scorpion Anchorage
Go on a guided snorkel tour at Scorpion Anchorage with Channel Islands Adventure Company and explore the beautiful kelp forests, sea caves, and sea life! Gear rental is included and all levels are welcome.
3. 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 through the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, CA in a private gondola at a reasonable price.
4. Go fishing at the Ventura Pier
Fishing off the historic Ventura Pier is a great way to spend time with your friends and family. You may catch Jacksmelt, mackerel, sand sharks, a variety of crustaceans, and more! Grab gear at local favorites Ventura Fisherman or Eric’s Tackle Shop.
5. 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 6+ are welcome with tickets available for $139 + ferry transportation ($59) and adults for $149 + ferry transportation ($46). Snorkel gear is also available for rent at their storefront on the island.
6. Take the kids to play at Marina Park Peninsula
Take the kids to play on the playground at Marina Park Peninsula in Ventura. Parking is free, there is a bike/walking trail, and plenty of benches and tables to have a picnic by the beach.
7. Spend the day at the beach in Oxnard
Spending the day at Oxnard State Beach Park or Mandalay State Beach in Oxnard is always a great idea. Walk along the path or shore, take a nap on the sand, catch some waves, or have a picnic at these easily accessible and clean beaches.
8. 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 as well as sea dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds.
9. Catch some waves at C Street Surf Break
Also known as Ventura Point, C Street Surf Break in Ventura is a popular and reliable spot for surfing.
10. 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.
With so many ocean activities to do, you’re going to want to stay a while. Click here for the complete list of hotels and other places to stay in Ventura County Coast!