Your Family will Love Ventura County Coast!

Just north of Los Angeles and south of Santa Barbara is a group of coastal communities waiting for your family to visit … and not only during summer! Ventura County Coast has 300 days of sunshine with endless fun adventures, making it the perfect vacation spot year-round.

Slow Down, Make Memories

Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and Camarillo were made for relaxation. Get away from the urban landscape and drive into open spaces, farmland and miles of uncrowded, accessible beaches. Ventura County Coast serves as an oasis from city stress and provides a break from the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind.

Whether your toes are in the sand or walking along the pier, parents and kids can both find ways to de-stress and recharge. Take the family on a walk through the re-opened Ventura Botanical Gardens with the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands providing a spectacular background. After, share a classic milkshake at Blvd. Burger in Camarillo or go fishing off the Ventura Pier.

Edu(va)cation

Yes, we combined the words “vacation” and “education” because it fits Ventura County Coast so perfectly. Why? Because Ventura County Coast boasts a number of historical and educational museums and other attractions ideal for families.  Don’t miss the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Museum of Ventura County, Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura’s historic City Hall, Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (a.k.a. the Camarillo bird museum) and Oxnard’s vintage car museums, the Murphy Auto Museum and Mullin Automotive Museum. Ventura County Coast’s towns are filled with surprising gems!

Affordable Adventure

Treat your family with a trip to a national park! A trip to the Channel Islands is both exciting and affordable, with Island Packers boat trips starting at just $41 for kids. More affordable outdoor activities include whale watching and wildlife cruises, Duffy boat rides in the Ventura Harbor with Ventura Boat Rentals, or stand-up paddleboarding in Channel Islands Harbor.

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Beaches, Breaks, Bikes and Hikes

Ventura County Coast is the epitome of California surf culture with plenty of great waves for surfers of all levels and visiting families. In fact, the Ventura County surf line was made famous in the classic Beach Boys song, “Surfin U.S.A!”

In Ventura, San Buenaventura State Beach is the main beach in the city with its historic pier and popular promenade. Looking for coastal solitude? Head to the beaches in Oxnard, where you can enjoy the view of palm trees and bury your toes in the sand with little interruption.

Located across from Ventura Harbor Village is Surfer’s Knoll, an easily accessible and intimate beach that comes with its own natural estuary and free parking (practically on the sand) – perfect for easy family picnics and seashell searches.

Back on land, Ventura County Coast visitors love cycling and hiking the nearby trails and beach walks. Bike rentals are available at Ventura Bike Depot and Wheels of Fun, with outposts at both Ventura Harbor and Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard.

Great Shopping for All

Ventura County Coast is a major shopping hotspot, with the mega-popular Camarillo Premium Outlets. Offering more than 160 name-brand stores, fabulous holiday events and nearby places to eat, the outlets are a destination in itself.

Looking for something unique and local? Head to Ventura Harbor Village to shop boutiques selling local jewelry, pottery, art, galleries, cute clothes and more – all with a picturesque view of the water.

In Oxnard, be sure not to miss The Collection at Riverpark, featuring Whole Foods, Yard House, H&M, REI, Century Theatres and a unique mix of shops, restaurants and outdoor spaces that boldly embrace the coastal California climate and lifestyle. The Collection also features a world-class public art program, events and fun for the whole family.

Families will also love spending quality time browsing the consignment shops and antique and thrift stores along Main Street in Downtown Ventura. Happy shopping!

REMARKABLE EXPERIENCES

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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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