The first day of Summer sure didn’t disappoint today did it? Luckily Ventura offers many ways to beat the heat and enjoy the wonderful coastline we are so lucky to have nearby. Here’s our top 5 ways to cool down.
1. Marina Park
A sandy beach and grassy park all rolled in to one. Located at the south end of Pierpont, Marina Park has a couple signature amenities, including large, beached ship complete with zip line. Most Venturans can trace their childhoods back to riding the zip line for hours and hours on the many sunny beach days we have here. Parking is easy and usually very available which leads to a large grassy field complete with picnic tables. and plenty of room to toss a frisbee around or setup a serious game or cornhole. Beach access is nearby, but don’t expect very large surf. Great for the little ones who are just getting their sea legs.
2. Ventura Pier
It doesn’t get more Ventura than the pier. Originally built in 1872, the pier is the perfect backdrop for a sunset stroll. As you walk along you can get a little peak of the Pacific below between the wooden planks. At the very end of the pier is a great observation deck with a cutout down to the ocean and one my personal favorite views as you turn back and look at the city of Ventura behind you. If you like to fish you have found a great spot to drop hook, line and sinker and no matter if you catch a big one or not, the beautiful views of the Ventura coastline will help you pass the time. You can park at the paid lot below the pier or in nearby downtown Ventura in one of the free downtown lots and walk across the freeway. A perfect end to the day can be found at Beach House Tacos located at the entrance to the pier where some tortilla wrapped goodness and a nice, cold beer (if that’s your thing) are awaiting you.
3. Downtown Ventura
Ventura is the fortunate recipient of a very unique feature, a downtown directly adjacent to the Ventura coastline. Filled with unique and engaging shops and restaurants it is a great way to take in many different experiences all in one afternoon. Remiss of a bunch of big box stores, many locations are good ol’ mom & pop shops where you have the opportunity to meet the owner and get a personalized shopping experience. From the motorcycle and nautically inspired clothing of Iron & Resin, to the attention grabbing landscape art and photography of Latitudes there is plenty to choose from. After a long afternoon of shopping you will need to fuel up and the selection of eateries is ample. Lure Fishouse features a diverse menu of seafood dishes and an oyster bar to die for. If you are looking for some California inspired cuisine then I suggest stepping into Watermark, housed in an extensively remolded historic bank building complete with open air rooftop lounge that features live music on most evenings.
4. Whale Watching
Thank goodness for Island Packers. They’ve been providing transportation out to the Channel Islands for over 50 years. One of their excursions gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with blue and humpback whales. These trips start in June and continue into September. Their boats and crew are very safe and experienced and they do the best they can to give you a great show complete with water shooting from blowholes and, if you’re extremely lucky, a breach. An added bonus usually involves a pod of dolphins swimming along with the ship. When the opportunity comes a longer trip to one of the nearby Channel Islands is also highly recommended. Fun ahoy!
5. Ventura Harbor Village
This cool enclave is the perfect family getaway when things warm up. The Ventura Harbor Village is made up of many fabulous shops, eateries, and who can forget the Village Carousel & Arcade, another key rite of passage for any Ventura youngin’. Here you’ll the find the hat Store, a sock store, and one of the best bikini outlets in the area. Food options abound like the Greek at the Harbor where your meal comes complete with belly dancing performances. If you’re looking for laughs make sure you stop by the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club which books local upcoming and nationally known comedic talent. As a firm believer in a strong dessert being necessary to finish out a hot day, make sure you stop by Coastal Cone and stack up as many of their delicious flavors as you can.
Happy first day of Summer from Ventura Beach Properties and make sure you get out and enjoy one or all of these great adventures as soon as you possibly can.