SPOTLIGHT: Ventura County Coast – Good Vibe Seeker

Let the good times roll with shopping, snorkeling and foodie delights

If the word vacation brings to mind shopping, swimming, and sipping delicious beverages, Ventura County Coast is the place for you.
Our area’s fresh, local produce is featured at many restaurants in dishes and drinks, and our stunning, pristine beaches promise all of the fun without the stress of traffic. We’ve even got a world-renowned island just waiting to be explored. Get ready to let the good times roll!

START: Camarillo
END: Ventura
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5 Days, 50 Miles


Day 1: CAMARILLO

Stop 1
Camarillo Premium Outlets

740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010

Stop here first to get a fabulous new wardrobe for your trip! Get your shop on at the Camarillo Premium Outlets, offering unbelievable deals on some of fashion’s top brands. Armani, 7 for All Mankind, Calvin Klein, Gucci—they’ve got them all and them some! And the shops are surrounded by gorgeous, rolling hills and just a short drive away from the charming Old Town Camarillo.

Stop 2
Twenty 88 Bistro

2088 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010

After you’ve picked out something new to wear, take it for a test drive at Twenty88. This trendy Camarillo favorite is known for its creative cocktails and Mediterranean-California fusion cuisine. Award-winning Executive Chef Alex Castillo works with area farmers to prepare dishes with the freshest, locally sourced produce, which even makes it into the drinks. Jalapeno apricot margarita, anyone? If that’s too spicy, there’s always the pear lavender martini!

Day 2: CHANNEL ISLANDS

Stop 1
Island Packers/Channel Islands

Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93035
Ventura Harbor, 1691 Spinnaker Drive #105B, Ventura, CA 93001

If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world adventure, hitch a boat ride with Island Packers from either Channel Islands Harbor or Ventura Harbor to Channel Islands National Park. Known as the Galapagos of North America, the Channel Islands have some of the world’s most breathtaking sea caves, which can be explored on a kayak. You can also get a gorgeous, underwater view of the local sealife by snorkeling! If you’re more interested in the islands themselves, take in the rugged landscape and thriving wildlife on a hike unlike any other. Guests on the islands are allowed to bring food, so more sure to pack a picnic lunch before you go!

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 with a relaxing day at Port Hueneme Beach Park. The local scenery simply can’t be beat as you’re strolling along the shore 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.

Stop 2
Surfside Seafood

550 East Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme

End your day enjoying the sunset and a serving of that fresh fish and chips on the patio at Surfside Seafood located right on Port Hueneme Beach. Their menu also includes a long list of other locally caught fish and seafood, so the world is your oyster!

Day 4: OXNARD

Stop 1
The Collection at Riverpark
2751 Park View Court, Suite 261, Oxnard, CA 93036

The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard is an outdoor shopping and entertainment center with an eclectic mix of well-known retailers such as Target, Ulta Beauty, Whole Foods Market, H&M, MAC, REI and more. There are also a variety of dining options like Don Waffly, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Luna Grill and many others. The Collection features a world-class public art program, events and fun for the whole family.   

Stop 2
La Dolce Vita 1901

740 South B Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

Enjoy the sweet life at La Dolce Vita 1901. Dine al fresco under the stars on the heated patio at this family-owned and operated authentic Italian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant. Located in a Colonial Revival style home at historic Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard, the beautiful restaurant offers chef driven food using locally grown ingredients. Customer favorites include the meat lasagna, stuffed pork loin and portobello Florentine. Be sure to try a hand-crafted cocktail or choose from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.   

Day 5: VENTURA

Stop 1
Ventura’s craft brewery scene

Over the last few decades, Ventura has become famous for its burgeoning craft beer scene. Spend the day exploring 15-plus award-winning breweries and brewpubs located with walking distance or a short drive away from each other in Downtown Ventura. Don’t want to pick a designated driver? Check out Visit Ventura’s website for tour options and a full list of breweries.

Stop 2
Paradise Pantry

222 East Main Street, Ventura, California 93001

Pair local beer or wine with generously portioned charcuterie plates, scrumptious grilled sandwiches, and fresh salads at Paradise Pantry. This local restaurant/artisan market is known for its rotating menu of seasonal ingredients, free cheese samples, and rare vintages of wine. Diners can buy a bottle to drink with their meal or take it home to enjoy later with a block of gourmet cheese or chocolate.


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Feb 2021