MORE FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE HIDDEN GEM
Nature has been generous to Ventura: snuggled between the Ventura River and the Santa Clara River valleys and sheltered by Mt. Pinos with 9,000 feet high peaks, it is the land of abundance, great natural beauty, and a relaxed beach city vibe. All types of nature draw visitors to the area and for good reason. Last week, the experts at RE/MAX Gold Coast blogged about 3 things to do in Ventura. This week, we’re sharing 3 more. Ready?
- Surf’s Up at Surfers Point Beach
Surfers Point Beach is located next to the Seaside Park at the mouth of Ventura River. The river goes behind the beach, forming a lagoon – a great habitat for many species of birds. The beach point faces south, forcing the waves to curl around it. Surfers can ride these waves all the way to the Ventura City Pier.
West of the point windsurfers and kiteboarders start their show as soon as the wind picks up. Also to the west of the point is Emma Wood State Beach, while to the east is Seaside Park and the Promenade, a path that takes you straight to the pier. If you are wondering what to do in Ventura with kids, head to Surfers Point Beach. The beach has several picnic tables and benches, restrooms, and showers. This beach is not much fun for swimming.
- Take a Dip at Emma Wood State Beach
Emma Wood State Beach Park, located about two miles west of Ventura, is great for swimming and surfing but is especially popular among fishermen who go there for perch, cabezon, bass, and corbina. There is a good reason for such a rich population: at the southeast end of the park, the Ventura River forms the Ventura River Estuary, creating a great feeding ground for many species of fish and a great habitat for other wildlife such as raccoons, various songbirds, and great blue herons. You can often see dolphins swimming just offshore. Exploring the park is fun even if you are not into fishing – there are crumbling ruins of a coastal artillery site from the WWII. You can also enjoy a lovely view of the Channel Islands from the beach.
- Ride the Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path
Bicycle riders can have lots of fun exploring the area around Ventura. Why not bike to the nearby city of Ojai, nicknamed “Shangri-La” because of its natural beauty and dedication to health and spirituality? This paved bike path is an easy ride even for beginners. The trail is built on an old Ventura-Ojai railway line. After passing the first few miles of a fairly industrial area, you will come to the beautiful Foster Park on your west. This is the only relatively steep portion of the path, so take a break after that and enjoy the view. Soon after passing the park, the path branches off to the picturesque Sulphur Road, which is a little steeper but has nice views. If that’s not on your agenda, continue on the easier path to Ojai and treat yourself to a cold drink and a bit of sightseeing before heading back.
We’ll share more fun things to do in Ventura next week. For now, check out the amazing vacation rentals offered by the County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast. Imagine you, your family and friends vacationing in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches or Camarillo. Just call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 and allow us to help you vacation in Ventura County.