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From Your Home to the Beach in 50 Steps

 

The Southern California beach lifestyle hardly needs an introduction – or a sales pitch (it’s called California Dreamin’ for a reason!). While more famous cities like Los Angeles, Venice, Malibu, Laguna Beach and San Diego might get their fair share of attention, there are a number of equally dreamy coastal cities and counties off the beaten path that offer surf and city living just steps from the Pacific Ocean.

Stumble From Your Couch to the Surf in Pierpont Beach, Ventura, CA

Hugging the coastline along the 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Pierpont Beach at Seaward Village is a great coastal beach town with an old school California feel (think more locals than tourists). In addition to the three s’s – swimming, surfing and sun – Pierpont Beach is close to San Buenaventura State Beach and Marina Park.

Benefits of Living Steps from the Beach

While there may not be many perceivable downsides to living by the ocean (unless you consider too much happiness a problem!), one of the biggest benefits is arguably the ability to simply open a window or door and breathe in the surf. The beauty of beach life is that you don’t even have to be a surfer or hit the sand every day to make the lifestyle your own.

It’s Good for Your (Mental) Health

Coastal dwellers and beach vacationers alike have long known that living and spending time by the water is good for body and soul. But as it turns out, studies have shown that spending time near the water is also good for your mental health. Like green spaces, “blue spaces” help to relieve stress and improve emotional well being. People who live in close proximity to a body of water like the Pacific Ocean tend to report less psychological distress and feelings of anxiety, according to researchers. As it turns out, that famous laid-back California vibe is approved by science!

Get Fit – Without Setting Foot in a Gym

The thought of running on an indoor treadmill or cycling on a stationary bike (even in a trendy zen studio) can feel like working out in a dungeon when you have the option to work out by the beach. Running and walking in the sand adds a little physical challenge to your routine and protects the joints from the wear and tear of working out on hard surfaces like gravel or concrete. Looking to cross train? Alternate some sand sprints with a few laps or stand up paddle board action in the ocean!

Leave the Car at Home

 Nothing can ruin an otherwise glorious day (and general quality of life) like spending inordinate amounts of time fighting your way through traffic. Jumping in the car will feel less and less appealing when you can throw on a pair of flip flops and make your way down to the sand in the time it would take to find a parking spot.

You Don’t Even Have to Leave Home to Enjoy the Perpetual Summer Breeze and Beachy Vibes

Second to a day in the surf, nothing says beach life and outdoor living quite like enjoying dinner, drinks and an epic California sunset from the comfort of your own home’s backyard patio or deck. Whether enjoying it with friends, just the family or even on your own, one of the biggest perks of life on the coast is the ability to incorporate a little bit of the glorious outdoors into your home.

 

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Ventura, CA

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.