Summer Road Trip with Dad

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Get away from it all with Dad to Ventura County Coast, a friendly, down-to-earth community known for its rad beaches, A-game golf courses and must-try restaurants and breweries. You’ll have such a blast cruising together from town to town that you won’t want to leave. No worries—you’re always welcome back!

4 Days, 40 Miles

Ventura County Coast is accessible from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Start: Camarillo 
End: Ventura
Coming from the north? Flip the itinerary!

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Day 1: Camarillo

Stop 1: Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District

1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo

Start your road trip with a laid back day of grillin’ and chillin’ with Dad and the fam at one of Camarillo’s picturesque parks! Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District has more than 300 acres of fields, sports areas, hiking trails and playgrounds fit for all ages. Bob Kildee Community Park is a sports lover’s dream with lighted fields and courts and Camarillo Grove Park offers a more natural setting with barbecue and picnic areas surrounded by hiking trails and a dog park.

Stop 2: Camarillo Barrelworks

126 N. Wood Road, #100, Camarillo

Find more good vibes at the one-of-a-kind Camarillo Barrelworks. Dad will love this family-owned and operated establishment, which serves locally made beer from Flat Fish Brewing Company and wine from Cantara Cellars. Check their weekly event schedule for live music and food offerings from local restaurants and food trucks. And if you’re traveling with your favorite canine, bring them along! The patio is dog friendly.

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Day 2: Oxnard

Stop 1: River Ridge Golf Club

2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard

It doesn’t get much better than a round of golf with Dad and an ocean view. River Ridge Golf Club has killer views and two 18-hole courses in one location! Up for some multi-generation play? The whole family will feel like they’re on top of the world at the Vineyard Course, a beginner-friendly setup with 360-views of the ocean and nearby Santa Clara River. The Victoria Lakes Course is all about strategy with a par-five whole right off the bat that has lakes straddling both sides.

Photo Credit: @riverridgegolfclub

Stop 2: Hook, Line & Sinker

2077 N. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard

Calling all seafood lovers! After a day on the links, head just a mile or so up the road for some finger-licking seafood at Hook, Line & Sinker. This casual, family-friendly restaurant serves fresh fish served fried, hot off the griddle, or in sandwiches, as well as to-die-for chowder, clams, and more. The retro vibe and ocean-inspired decor will make for some fun conversation while chowing down on your meal indoors or on the patio. It’s a sizzling seafood cookout without any of the work! 

If you’re in town on Father’s Day, cruise west to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum for “Father’s Day Classics By the Sea.” This annual event features a treasure trove of activities, such as viewing vintage boats and trailers, classic cars, and hand-built water crafts. There’s also live music, historical demonstrations, and unique items for sale, so make sure to let Dad pick out a special souvenir!

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Eat and drink in Oxnard
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Day 3: Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme Beach 

550 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme

Uncrowded Port Hueneme Beach is the ultimate place to toss around the Frisbee or build sand castles with Dad and Grandpa. Swimmers and surfers will dig the glassy waves rolling into shore, and fishing enthusiasts will want to perfect their cast off Port Hueneme Pier. Not in the mood for a beach day? Rent a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals and roll out on Port Hueneme’s 12 miles of trails or, if Dad’s a military history buff, check out the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum. This truly unique (and free!) museum memorializes the Seabees’ work with photos, equipment, and memorabilia from Navy building projects at home and abroad.

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Day 4: Ventura

Stop 1: Ventura Boat Rentals

1567 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura

From kayaks and SUP boards to pedal or power boats, there’s lots of ways to get out on the water in Ventura. Local tip: Cruise the harbor with “Captain Dad” at the helm of an electric boat from Ventura Boat Rentals or let him sit back and relax while someone else navigates with a guided harbor tour. Whichever you choose, the views of the harbor and ocean are out of this world! You might even spot a sea lion or two.

Photo Credit: @visitventura

Stop 2: Beach House Fish and MadeWest Brewing Company Taproom

Ventura Pier, 668 Harbor Blvd., Ventura

After docking your ship, swap stories about your epic Ventura County Coast road trip over award-winning brews at MadeWest Brewing Co. Taproom on the Ventura Pier. Their American Pale Ale and IPA are total crowd pleasers that pair well with the mouthwatering surf and turf from the taproom’s next-door neighbor, Beach House Fish.

Photo Credit: @madewestbeer

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Eat and drink in Ventura
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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

Regions

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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