Be a Beach Bum – Pack your beach towels, a picnic and plenty of sunscreen to soak up the sun on one of the region’s many pristine, uncrowded beaches. The local shores of Oxnard and Ventura have promenades and piers that will keep you entertained until the sun sets over the Pacific. Splurge or Save – Stop and shop at some of California’s best shopping destinations, including Camarillo Premium Outlets and The Collection in Oxnard. Old Town Camarillo, Ventura Harbor Village and Downtown Ventura are teeming with trendy boutiques, cool vintage shops and quirky antique stores that would put a smile on any shopper’s face regardless of budget.
Get Cultured – Home to dozens of theaters, art galleries, museums and historic sites, like Mission San Buenaventura, founded in 1782, Ventura County Coast has a rich early California history with many stories to tell.
Savor Local Goods – Located on one of the most bountiful agricultural regions in the country, Ventura County Coast is a great culinary destination to dine farm-to-fork. Visit the local farmers markets for fresh goods, or cruise through the downtown areas to discover new ethnic restaurants, artisan wines and craft beers with local flavor.
Cruise Around – Just an hour or two from most SoCal cities, Ventura County Coast is the type of destination you drive to and then leave your keys behind. Hop on the free trolleys in Ventura or the local shuttles in Oxnard; take the Amtrak Surfliner – or better yet, rent a bike and spend a few days on two-wheels, letting the ocean breeze blow through your hair.
Have an Adventure – Get in touch with your wild side at the Channel Islands National Park, a collection of five pristine, primitive islands that offer awe-inspiring views and unforgettable experiences. Island activities include hiking, picnicking, whale watching, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving.
Explore a Classic Seaside Village – Escape to yesteryear at Ventura Harbor Village, where you can ride a vintage carousel, play arcade games, get your fill of double-scoops at the ice cream parlor, eat fresh-caught fish, rent gear for all kinds of watersports, indulge in a harbor yacht cruise and much more.
Catch Waves – The Beach Boys sang about the killer surf spots in Ventura so if you’ve ever wanted to learn to surf, this is the place to do it. Sign up for lessons with one of the many organizations in the region and then try your skills at the famous Rincon or Surfer’s Point, regarded as some of the best beach breaks in California.