Ventura’s miles of pristine beaches are naturally its star attraction. Take a long walk down the beach with the sand between your toes or jog along the park with a view of the water glistening in the sun. Take advantage of the waves to surf, swim or boogie board on a warm sunny day. When you get hungry, try world famous fish tacos at the beachside cafe, or treat yourself to oysters at The Jolly Oyster where they’ll even let you bring your own beer or wine -a local favorite for sure.
Ventura is especially proud of its pier. The Ventura Pier has stood as a symbol of the region’s rich history and natural resources since 1872. Once the cornerstone of Ventura County’s agricultural, construction and oil trade, today the Ventura Pier is a favorite attraction for fishing, picnics, sunset strolls, and beautiful views of Ventura’s coastline and the Channel Islands.
Many Ventura beaches are dog friendly including Marina park, Harbor Cove, San Buenaventura State Beach park, Surfer’s Point, and Promenade.
The best child-friendly spots are Marina park and Promenade, both of which feature fun playgrounds for kids to explore. Wheel Fun rentals also offers bright colored deuce coupes to cycle the promenade in style.
Ventura beaches are long-known as a surfing paradise with incredible breaks. Situated just north of Malibu and just south of world famous Rincon (where Kelly Slater has been seen surfing!) Ventura beaches have fantastic surf spots all along the coast and are at their very best in the early morning. The most popular spot among locals is C Street north or Surfer’s point. Adventurous surfers can also charter a boat to surf the beaches at the Channel Islands. Take advantage of surf rentals, lessons, or shops while you’re in town.
Surf Rental and Lessons