Adventure Awaits in Ventura

camping channel islands national park

by Visit Ventura
in collaboration with the Outbound
Featured image by Jeff Barlett — Santa Rosa Island

Ventura Harbor Village is the gateway to the ultimate adventurer’s dream, whether you’re searching for a mild adventure or something life-changing. Stay for a few days to get the most of Ventura’s offerings and gorgeous views.

Day 1 – Stand up Paddleboard at the Ventura Harbor.

“Sunset is a particularly fantastic time to go paddleboarding, as the wind and surf tend to be light, and once you are past the jetties you have unobstructed views of the Pacific Coast.” – Josiah Roe.

standup paddleboard ventura harbor village the outbound collective josiah roe

Image by Josiah Roe

Day 2- Kayak at the Channel Islands

Take a sea kayaking adventure with Channel Islands Adventure Company. Their guides will take you on the paddle of a lifetime, ducking in and out of some of the many sea caves on Santa Cruz Island. Painted Cave may be the most famous, but dozens of others provide plenty of thrills. You’ll need to book a boat ride out with Island Packers.

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a beautiful spot off the coast of Ventura County that’s only accessible by boat. Santa Cruz Island is nestled within the sanctuary and boasts incredible biodiversity and stunning views. The best way to take it all in is via kayak.” – Meghan Young.

channel islands national park kayaking

Image by Visit Ventura

Day 3 –  Camp & backpack across Santa Cruz Island

Turn one day of adventure into two (or preferably more). Backpack across Santa Cruz Island and pitch a tent at the Del Norte backcountry camp and you’ll see stars like you’ve never seen them before. Let the world fall away.

“This backpacking trip may be the best you’ll find anywhere in Southern California. From sweeping ocean views to mountains, Santa Cruz Island has it all.” – Lauren Schusterman.

camping at the channel islands

Image by Josiah Roe

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