Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the Channel Islands in VenturaCountyWest.
This article is sponsored by VenturaCountyWest, home to the idyllic destinations of Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and the California Channel Islands. To learn more about the stunning region, visit VenturaCountyWest.com.
From dramatic islands to pristine beaches, whale watching to sea kayaking, the beautiful coastal communities comprising VenturaCountyWest offer untouched beauty, adventurous activities and charming towns, all just one hour north of bustling L.A.
But beyond their natural beauty, the towns of Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura offer a vibrant art scene, which you can explore in their many galleries and museums.
Let's take a close look at all the must see and do activities that make VenturaCountyWest the perfect Road Trippin destination.
Beaches, Water Adventures and Channel Islands National Park
Both Oxnard and Ventura offer miles of pristine beaches. Great family beaches include Pierpont and San Buenaventura State Beaches in Ventura or Hollywood and Silverstrand Beaches in Oxnard. For the best surf spots, try Surfer’s Point or the renowned Rincon Beach in Ventura or Oxnard Shores in Oxnard. Rent a bike to cruise along the shore or a kayak to explore the Channel Islands Harbor. Paddleboats, electric boats, paddleboards and kayaks are also available for rent at Hopper Boat Rentals in Oxnard and at Ventura Boat Rentals in Ventura.
Just 11 miles offshore, the Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands--an all-natural playground for those interested in hiking, camping, diving, kayaking or just exploring the ocean environment and sea life. Book a tour or whale watching cruise through Island Packers from both its Channel Islands and Ventura Harbor locations.
Arts, Culture & Museums
VenturaCountyWest includes a diverse art, cultural and historical scene. In fact, Ventura has been dubbed "California's New Art City" and has galleries and showings, especially along Main Street. Car aficionados will want to stop by the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, open Saturdays and featuring classic French automobiles from the 1920s and 1930s, including Bugattis, Voisins and Delahayes. If World War II airplanes pique your interest, the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo is a must stop. It features vintage aircraft and an extensive collection of World War II memorabilia--from guns and ammo to military uniforms to newspapers from the war eras. The museum even offers flights in its vintage aircraft. Top historical attractions include the San Buenaventura Mission and the beautifully restored Camarillo Ranch House, a fascinating glimpse back to Camarillo’s early days.
For more information and to plan your road trip to VenturaCountyWest, go to VenturaCountyWest.com.