Ventura, CA, so much more than a surf town

Walking along the paved path circling San Buenaventura State Park in Ventura CA, it wasn’t hard to spot the Jolly Oyster shuck shack from a distance. The distinctive blue trailer was in sharp contrast to the Champagne-coloured sand dunes that act as backdrop to the park’s green space where picnic tables dot the sparse grass and an ever-growing, knee-high pile of grey and white oyster shells creates a natural barrier delineating the area from the rest of the park. On the waterside of the sand dunes, surfers paddled out in search of the perfect wave.