Posted: Thursday, Sep 26th, 2019

By Visit Ventura

When does Summer End in Ventura?

by Visit Ventura

Officially, at the autumnal equinox, when the sun is at its’ zenith, or directly above the equator. After the autumnal equinox, the sun moves south of the equator, leaving behind a chill in the Northern Hemisphere.
Maybe for some. But as Buzz Lightyear once-famous proclaimed,

“But we’re not really in the Northern Hemisphere, are we?”

Well, okay, maybe that’s a (very) loose interpretation. But the point is, come September, summer doesn’t end in Ventura. It’s not even close to ending. About the only difference is it’s quieter.

ventura beach sunset

Image by Kamilo Bustamante


So why not fly a kite (in a bathing suit)?
Or kitesurf?
ventura surfers point sunset at the pier
Or surf? (the kids are back in school, and it’s Santa Ana wind season)
Or let a Fish Waffle ice cream cone drip on your bare skin?
coastal cone ventura harbor village ice cream fish waffle cone
Or ride a bike, closing your eyes (very briefly) to the sun on your face?
In Ventura, in September the wine still settles lightly on your tongue.
plan b cellars ventura california wine
The craft beer is still cold.
The Channel Islands still beckon.
ventura channel islands national park endless summers

Image by Jeff Bartlett


Maybe the sunsets are a touch earlier, but they only open the door to still-summer nights.
When does summer end in Ventura?
Really, it’s up to you.

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