Posted: Thursday, Oct 29th, 2020

By Visit Ventura

What’s happening Now in Ventura: Beaches and Beach Parking


 Beaches and beach parking. Two matters of paramount importance to anyone who lives in/loves/both Ventura.
These are ever-changing times. Here at Visit Ventura we want to keep you up to date, clearly and honestly telling you exactly where things stand in Ventura at this moment.
And we thank you for checking in and caring. All of together are a team, acting wisely and responsibly to help put this pandemic behind us. Thank you for visiting us — or living here — responsibly; masking up, keeping our distance, and treating each other kindly.
Here’s how things currently stand with Ventura’s beaches and beach parking.
As of today (October 29th). Because it could change again.
But that won’t change our positive attitude…
Our Beaches …
Yes, our beaches are open. You’re welcome to sit and sunbathe as long as you keep a safe physical distance from others. Group activities such as volleyball, football, and soccer aren’t allowed.
Yes, Ventura’s Beach Promenade running alongside Surfer’s Point is open. The Ventura Pier is open too. Both are great for cooling sea breezes. And yes you can fish at the Pier, please just keep a six-foot distance.
Beach restrooms are open. The city cleans them daily. There are public beach restrooms at Surfer’s Point, the Harbor Boulevard Parking Structure, on the Ventura Pier, at the end of Seaward Avenue, at Marina Park, and at Mother’s Beach and Surfer’s Knoll.
Beach playgrounds are also open, though please keep proper social distance. The one exception, the playground at Marina Park remains closed for repairs.
Yes, We Have Beach Parking, and Plenty of it is free…
Regarding the beaches across from Ventura Harbor, you can park along Spinnaker Drive, and in the parking lots at Surfer’s Knoll and Mother’s Beach for free. Please do not use the Ventura Harbor parking lot for beach parking.
Regarding the Pierpont Beaches. There is free parking in the small lot at the end of Seaward Avenue. There is currently a $10 day use fee for parking at Marina Park at the end of Pierpont Boulevard. Please don’t park on the streets outside Marina Park out of consideration for the residents. There is lots of parking at San Buenaventura State Beach; the state beach comes with a $10 day use fee. Just to the north of San Buenaventura State Beach there is free parking along San Jon Road as well as a very small free lot just under the freeway.
Parking in and around Surfer’s Point? There’s an hourly fee in the parking structure at the foot of California Street near the Ventura Pier, but parking can be validated at restaurants along the promenade allowing you to park for free. The parking lot at the end of Shoreline Drive adjacent to the water charges a $4 daily fee. The Ventura County Fairgrounds parking lot is currently closed.
Please check the City of Ventura website for additional beach parking locations and possible fees. The website is
More beach and beach parking questions? Please call us at the Ventura Visitors Center, 805-641-1400. We know beaches and we are here to help you!
And, from all of us here in Ventura, thanks again for staying informed, thanks again for wearing a mask, and thanks again for social distancing.
Plain and simple, thanks for caring.

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