Winter Road Trip to California: Ventura County Coast

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Ventura County is a great destination on your Winter Road Trip to California. The winter months in Ventura County Coast are an awesome winter wonderland—without the snow, of course. Picture palm trees, blue skies and dashing through the sand. It’s the perfect place to explore uncrowded beaches and hiking trails, chow down on fresh seafood, shop for gifts or pamper yourself with a little “me time.” Plus, there are plenty of festive events and nightlife options to get you into the holiday spirit whether traveling solo or with friends and family. Set course for a Central Coast adventure with this winter road trip to California’s Ventura County Coast. This itinerary is chock full of good vibes!

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4 Days, 40 Miles

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

Start: Camarillo 
End: Ventura
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Day 1: Camarillo

Stop 1: Camarillo Premium Outlets
740 E Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010

Get gifts for everyone on your holiday list (and something new for you!) while shopping at the Camarillo Premium Outlets, a must-stop spot in Ventura County Coast. Experience a shopper’s paradise with stores offering major steals and deals. You might even want to add on an extra day to shop! The outlets are home to more than 150 luxury brands, including Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Nike, Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, O’Neil, Volcom, Ulta Beauty, and H&M. Then celebrate a successful day of deal finding with lunch or snacks from one of the outlet’s on-site restaurants. Need gift ideas? Check out the outlets’ Holiday Gift Guide!

Shopping at Camarillo Premium Outlets
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Stop 2: Camarillo Airport
555 Airport Way, Camarillo, CA 93010

Ready for the ultimate winter time mood booster? Head to the Camarillo Airport for adventure and a surge of adrenaline. Here you’ll find two airborne activities that are sure to thrill: tandem jumps with Skydive Coastal California or “low and slow” cruises over the local landscape with Skyrider Ultralights. Skyrider Ultralights specializes in light sports aircraft flights over either the ocean or gorgeous Camarillo hills. If you prefer to find adventure on the ground, go for a hike or bike ride in one of Camarillo’s wide open trails or parks. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to have a good time!

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Day 2: Oxnard

Stop 1: Whale Watching with Island Packers
Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93035
Ventura Harbor, 1691 Spinnaker Dr #105B, Ventura, CA 93001

There’s no winter road trip to California without experiencing one of the most breathtaking sights of the season whale-watching season, that is. Hitch a ride with Island Packers out of Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor to view the annual gray whale migration and other wildlife native to the Channel Islands. The five islands — Santa Cruz, San Miguel, Anacapa, Santa Barbara and Santa Rosa — provide a peaceful escape from day-to-day grind anytime of year, but winter (low season)  is especially spectacular because of the brilliant sunsets, green hills and blooming wildflowers.

Whale Watching in California

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Stop 2: Channel Islands Harbor
Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93035

After whale watching, take a stroll around the area and get into the holiday spirit at Channel Islands Harbor, decorated with festive lights and displays. Check out the local shops and restaurants. Grab a bite to eat as you gaze out over the ocean at The Waterside Restaurant or try a unique winter activity, like jet-skiing or paddle boarding. Just be sure to wear a wetsuit if you fall in the water!

Stop 3: Hollywood Beach
Oxnard, CA 93035

Get the full Southern California beach experience without the crowds at Hollywood Beach! Located on the south end of the peninsula that separates Channel Islands Harbor from the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood Beach gets its name from the days when stars such as Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, and John Wayne spent time fishing and exploring Oxnard. This relaxing stretch of sand and gentle waves is the perfect place to end the day with a magical winter sunset and maybe even dolphins! Ventura County Coast’s beaches are a must on your winter road trip to California.

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Day 3: Port Hueneme

Stop 1: Port Hueneme Beach Park and Pier
East Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme, CA 93041

Continue your epic Ventura County Coast adventure at Port Hueneme Beach Park. Experience a sunny and warm winter wonderland as you stroll along the beach or boardwalk.  If you’re looking for a little more excitement, try casting a line at the Port Hueneme Pier. Fishing is considered one of the area’s most popular year-round activities. Those who have had their fill of the beach can take advantage of Port Hueneme’s 12 miles of walking and biking trails or head over to Moranda Park for a game of tennis, pickleball, basketball or softball.

Discover Port Hueneme on day 3 of your winter road trip to California.
Hueneme Beach in California

Stop 2: Surfside Seafood
550 East Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme

End your day with a generous serving of locally caught fish and chips at Surfside Seafood located right on Port Hueneme Beach. The menu also includes homemade clam chowder and a long list of other seafood options, so the world is your oyster! If you’re visiting mid-week and feeling festive, stop in for live music and a few cocktails.

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Day 4: Ventura

Stop 1: Rincon Parkway
Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura, CA 93001

Trade in your snow gear for a wetsuit and surfboard! Located between Faria Beach Park and Hobson Beach Park, this iconic stretch of highway offers outstanding views of the Pacific coastline and the Channel Islands. Surfers come from all over the world to ride the famous Rincon Classic, also called “The Queen of the California Coast,” which is known for its year-round steady sets. Rent a surfboard in town and head to the beach to catch some waves or go for a relaxing stroll.


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Stop 2: Main Street Moves
Downtown Ventura

Safely shop, sip, dine and stroll in the streets during Main Street Moves (and beyond, with more food and shopping options on side streets and the emerging Front Street area):

  • Taste your way through 30+ restaurants
  • Sip signature cocktails
  • Shop one of a kind boutiques
  • Support local businesses
  • Just enjoy being outside


Stop 3: Ventura Harbor
E. Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001

Find festive cheer at the Ventura Harbor and peruse the light displays all around. Sip, snack and explore the seaside. With plenty of shopping options, exciting water activities and yummy treats for the whole family (hello, Coastal Cone!), spend the day full of joy in this fun spot. Visiting in December? Don’t miss the Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights, a floating display of magically decorated boats!


Ventura Harbor in California

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Port Hueneme
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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.



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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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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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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