Summer Road Trip

Book Your Stay

Summertime and life is good… especially in Ventura County Coast! There are no bad days here, thanks to the endless rays of sunshine and fun things to do. This ultimate summer road trip cruises through each of our super-chill beach towns and an unbelievable national park. From summer events to wine tasting, berry picking, sunbathing, surfing, scarfing down tacos and exploring shops and restaurants—there’s something for everyone. Grab your sunglasses and pack the sunscreen because we’re ready for summer in Ventura County Coast!

5 Days, 50 Miles

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

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

When planning your trip, remember to check for the latest on COVID-19 in Ventura County.

Don’t forget to tag your photos with #VCCVIBES and #VCCGOODVIBES

Day 1: Camarillo

Stop 1: Pick ripe berries at Gerry Ranch

9015 Rosita Road, Santa Rosa Valley

Start your summer extravaganza by stocking up on the flavors of the season! Gerry Ranch is a family-owned and operated farm that has been running in Ventura County for more than a century. Grab a bucket when you arrive and head to the fields to pick some of the sweetest blueberries around. There’s also a kid-friendly picnic area with killer views of the valley where you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Check out the ranch website or social media for daily hours of operation. Load up on avocados, strawberries, lemons and more. 

Stop 2: Sip quality wine in a welcoming atmosphere at Pantess Cellars

537 Constitution Ave., Unit D, Camarillo

Continue your fruit tasting at Pantess Cellars, where the winemakers believe “great wine starts with great fruit.” This small, artisanal winery sources grapes from all over the Central Coast to create crisp whites and juicy reds your taste buds won’t forget. Make sure to get a bottle or two to take home with you. Pantess offers outdoor tastings on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. If you’re visiting during the week, sign up for a private wine tour with Explore Wines Tours and spend the day with a sommelier tasting your way through wine country. They’ll even pick you up at your hotel!

Make a pitstop at the Camarillo Airport in August. Add an extra day to your road trip for Wings Over Camarillo, think old-timey barnstorming airshow crossed with a big party!

Photo credit: Courtesy of Explore Wine Tours

Plan Your Trip

Eat and drink in Camarillo
Learn more about Camarillo
Stay the night in Ventura County Coast

Day 2: Oxnard

Stop 1: Relax beachside or sail the skies in Oxnard

Channel Islands Parasail, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard

Summer just wouldn’t be the same without the beach. Get your fill of sunshine and white sand at Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches and choose from a variety of beachfront lodging options with different price points and amenities. Rent electric bikes at Wheel Fun bike rentals to get a lay of the land, lounge by the hotel pool or relax on the beach. Take a break from sunbathing to get a whole new view of town, literally, by taking to the skies with Channel Islands Parasail, a five-minute drive away in the heart of Channel Islands Harbor. Thrill seekers can launch right from the boat into the clear, blue sky and glide like a pelican above the waves. Kids can do it too! (Just check weight requirements.).

Stop 2: Oxnard’s Taco Trail

It’s time to get your taco on! Next to strawberries, tacos are basically the official food of Oxnard, or should we say “Tacs”-nard. Whether you’re a foodie on a mission or a family looking for something everyone can agree on, tacos are the answer. Choose from dozens of Mexican restaurants, taquerias, and taco trucks along the Taco Trail (there’s even a taco map!). Some local favorites include Taqueria Cuernavaca, Taqueria El Tapatio, Tacos Jerez, and Yolanda’s Mexican Cafe (wash down your tasty tacos with their Star Wars themed margarita).

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Visit Oxnard

Stop 2: Dallas Cowboys Training Camp
Fill up on gas…and football too! The road to the Super Bowl starts in Oxnard with the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp taking place this summer. Watch the players up close as they train for the upcoming season. Admission to camp activities and the spectating area is free!

Plan Your Trip

Eat and drink in Oxnard
Learn more about Oxnard
Learn more about Channel Islands National Park
Learn more about Island Packers
Stay the night in Ventura County Coast

Day 3: Channel Islands National Park

Island Packers

Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard

Ventura Harbor, 1691 Spinnaker Dr #105B, Ventura

Families and nature lovers will get the thrill of a lifetime exploring Channel Islands National Park in the summer. Sea caves, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, sea life and adorable Island foxes—find them all here. Feeling real outdoorsy? Pack your gear. In mid-August, Santa Rosa island opens for backcountry beach camping. Imagine just waking up and rolling out for an outdoor adventure unlike any other in Southern California. On the way out to the islands, look for blue and humpback whales. It’s also the season that California sea lions and northern fur seals begin pupping. The islands and surrounding marine sanctuary are protected habitats that can only be accessed by private boat, the park boats run by Island Packers, or planes through Channel Islands Aviation. Take a virtual visit with this live underwater webcam of the kelp forests at Anacapa Island. Locals Tip: This can be the busiest time of the year for tourists, so plan in advance. 

Plan Your Trip

Learn more about Channel Islands National Park

Learn more about Island Packers

Stay the night in Ventura County Coast

Day 4: Port Hueneme

Stop 1: Hueneme Beach Park

Next stop on your epic Ventura County Coast summer adventure: Port Hueneme Beach Park, where it’s almost like relaxing on your own private stretch of sand! The waves here are big enough for a good ride, but gentle enough for grommets, so bring your boards for surfing or bodyboarding. The nearby grassy park has plenty of picnic tables and barbecues for an oceanfront grill and chill with the fam, or order some crispy, golden fish and chips (with an ice cold one) at Surfside Seafood right on the beach. Visiting in August? The family-friendly Hueneme Beach Festival is a free event that takes place towards the end of the month with carnival rides, arts and crafts, a sand castle competition, live music and more. 

Stop 2: Panaderia Conchita Bakery

Satisfy your sweet tooth with delectable Mexican-style treats at Panaderia Conchita Bakery. Here you’ll find fluffy breads, colorful cookies and twists, and savory cinnamon coffee (a traditional recipe brewed to perfection). People of all ages will feel like kids in a candy store ready to kick off summer vacation with some sugary treats.

Plan Your Trip

Learn more about Port Hueneme
Stay the night in Ventura County Coast

Day 4: Ventura

Stop 1: Ventura Harbor Village

1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura

Live the laid-back harbor life at Ventura Harbor Village. This is the perfect place to view local art, shop for a fun souvenir or gift, or even embark on a sailing excursion. In the mood for some live music? Spots like the Water’s Edge Restaurant & Bar and Harbor Cove Cafe often have local musicians playing in the evenings. Looking for something a little more active or kid-friendly? The harbor is also homebase for kayaking or bike riding with your crew!

Stop 2: Downtown Ventura – Main Street

Downtown Ventura Visitors Center

101 S. California St., Ventura 

A visit to Main Street in historic Downtown Ventura will be the cherry on top of your Ventura County Coast summer road trip! Close to hotels and only a few blocks from the beach, Ventura’s walkable downtown is both pedestrian and bike-friendly. Spend the afternoon checking out unique shops ranging from clothing stores and thrift shops to jewelry stores and surf shops. Grab a pint at a local brewery or sit down for a bite at one of many eclectic and chef-driven restaurants and bars in the neighborhood. History lovers will appreciate local landmarks like the San Buenaventura Mission and nearby Ventura Botanical Gardens. 

Visiting in July? Take a detour to the Ventura County Fairgrounds for California’s largest traveling Tequila & Taco Music Festival.  Enjoy two-days of top-shelf tequila sampling, gourmet street tacos, craft beer, arts & crafts and live music.

Plan Your Trip

Eat and drink in Ventura
Learn more about Ventura
Stay the night in Ventura County Coast

Good Times Ahead

Find Your Vibe in Ventura County Coast

Book Road Trip

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More