Experience The Many Fun Things To Do In Ventura Beach

Experience the magnificent sun-splashed beaches in Ventura County, which is actually one long gorgeous stretch of sand that people have subdivided into beaches.

A good deal of Ventura's beautiful coastline is dedicated to the State Park, which is a wonderful thing for those of us who love Southern California beaches. Ventura County beaches offer some of the best surfing in all of Southern California.

Ventura Harbor Village, Marina & Pier – Ventura Harbor is a wonderful community filled with shops, boats, restaurants, the Channel Islands Visitor's Center and miles of white sand beaches. The focal point of the waterfront fun, the Ventura Pier hosts a fine dining and a casual dining restaurant and is the daily haunt for local fisherman. [Top]

Emma Wood State Beach - Although primarily a camping beach, this narrow ocean-side beach offers excellent views of the islands and is a favorite beach among surfers. Moderate ocean temperatures at Emma Wood State Beach makes the beach a perfect spot for swimming, surfing and fishing. A freshwater marsh at the southwest end of the beach attracts raccoons, songbirds and red-tailed hawks. The beach also features the crumbling ruins of a World War II coastal artillery site. [Top]

Faria Beach – Enjoy the beautiful sandy shoreline in Ventura, where surf fishing, surfing and camping abounds. The beach features an oceanside campground (42 sites), firepits, hot showers, flush toilets, concession stand, and 15 sites with full hookups. [Top]

Marina Park - A wonderful park and beach, Marina Park offers wonderful views of Ventura Harbor, a number of picnic tables and grills, and a children's play area. One of the most unique features of this park/beach is a cement and wooden ship called the San Salvador. Sailing lessons are offered nearby in the marina and fishermen can drop a line from the park's fishing dock. There are also sand volleyball courts, a hand-launch boat dock, and restrooms. [Top]

Rincon Beach - Rated as one of the top five surfing spots in the world, Rincon Beach is right on the edge of Santa Barbara. Enough of the surfers end up landing on Ventura shores to make it worth mentioning. Rincon Point, on the south edge of Carpinteria, is known world wide as one of the planet's top surfing spots, and nearly every major surf champion on the globe has taken Rincon for a test drive. [Top]

San Buenventura State Beach - In the heart of Ventura, this 2-mile stretch of sand and sun is a popular destination for swimming, surfing, camping, volleyball, biking, and picnicking. The state park beach features two miles of sandy beach, sand dunes, picnic sites, a parking lot, a beach-equipment rental shop, and a 1,700-foot pier with a snack bar, restaurant and bait shop. Bike trails connect to nearby beaches. The Promenade - a long walking and biking trail that hugs the coastline - is the site of festivals and special events. While there is much to do and see at this beach, the heart of Main Street is three blocks inland. [Top]

Seaward Avenue Beach - The Seaward Avenue Beach district is a small, but it is one of the most charming places in Ventura. If offers the ambience of a classic Southern California beach town, access to the beach and nice eateries. The beach itself is gorgeous and is fairly well protected by the breakwaters. Jetties serve to keep the sand in place. This wonderful beach is difficult to access because there isn't a lot of parking in the neighborhood, which is delightfully Californian in nature and a great place to pick up lunch. [Top]

Surfers Knoll Beach - Not a swimming beach because of dangerous undertows and surf conditions, this is a wonderful beach for lounging, lingering and watching the incredible waves. Miles of glorious sand and the pounding surf are made special by the illusion of privacy. The strong gusts from the open ocean tend to make this a great beach to fly a kite, as well. The interesting thing about this beach is it stretches a long way to the south. The tall dunes and elephant grass shield you from the hustle and bustle of the Marina. There are restrooms and foot showers. [Top]

Surfers Point at Seaside Park– A surfer’s paradise, the waves at Surfer’s Point are large and consistent. The day we were there taking pictures, surf school was on. On any day, you’ll see surfers paddling their surfboards vying for the best waves and teenagers in surf school. Since the Point borders the north end of San Buenaventura and Seaside Wilderness Park, there is good access to the narrow rocky beach. While not a swimming area, it’s one of most happening beaches in Ventura. [Top]

Ventura Beach Hotels Located just 15 miles from Ventura County’s stunning beaches, the Glen Tavern Inn delivers historic Santa Paula charm, elegant rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, wireless high-speed internet, a day spa, and an inviting ambiance for wonderful stays in Southern California. Find out about the Glen Tavern Inn’s latest Specials & Packages. [Top]

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