Spring officially “breaks” March 20 with the Equinox, bringing us longer, lighter days with vibrant spring produce and an extra energetic pep in our step. For many families, spring also delivers a week of vacation for invaluable quality time together. But spring breaks aren’t just for kids and college students—we all deserve a reset, be it a weekend getaway with friends or partner, or treating yourself to a midweek solo escape dedicated to the life of leisure and relaxation. So, pack your bags for sunny, warm days (don’t forget your swimsuit for the hotel pool!) and hit the road to embark upon a Camarillo Spring Break for the memory books. Let this three-day itinerary be your guide to the best of the season in our charming town and neighboring seaside communities.
Day 1 – Check Into the Vacay State of Mind
Your first order of businesses is getting checked into your hotel—and we recommend arriving early for some bonus time by the pool, where you’re always welcome to settle in even if your room isn’t ready. (If anyone forgot their swimsuit, swing by Camarillo Town Center where you can get one on the quick and cheap at Target, Ross or Walmart.)
If pre-check in pampering is in order, peruse our wellness guide to Camarillo for local spa offerings, yoga classes and more grounding, soul nourishing experiences that will instantly put you in a vacation state of mind. You can also drop by Camarillo Village Square for a pilates or spin class followed by a massage and mani-pedi.Sip a special seasonal cocktail and toast to being in full vacation mode at a Twenty88 or Slate Bistro & Craft Bar. Keep the good times flowing and pair dinner with live music at a restaurant like Onyx Bistro or Twisted Oak Tavern.
Day 2 – From Mountains to Sea, Plus Vitamin D
Rise and shine for breakfast at a local favorite for morning fare like Hidden Café or Old Town Café. Burn off those eggs and pancakes with some invigorating outdoor fun. Savor the perfectly mild weather and get a natural infusion of Vitamin D. Go for a hike and admire the wildflowers in bloom along the Hill Canyon Trail or on the Powerline Trail, which delivers elevated views from the Conejo Mountains.
Another ideal outdoor activity for a bright spring morning is a round of golf. We have four courses to choose from between Camarillo Springs Golf Course, Las Posas Country Club, Spanish Hills Country Club and Sterling Hills Golf Club, so you could make a full golf weekend of it if teeing off is your passion.
Whatever you get up to in the morning, cool off with a refreshing frozen treat at Rori’s Artisanal Creamery or Tifa Chocolate & Gelato—both excellent sweet spots! Then it’s time to head to the coast to feel the sand between your toes and breathe in the fresh sea air. Take the PCH towards Malibu to hit Point Mugu, or head north towards Ventura County Coast beaches that stretch from Port Hueneme Beach and Oxnard State Beach Park up to C-Street Surfer’s Point in Ventura.
Back in town, get your culture fix. Check out the latest art exhibit at Studio Channel Islands and the “Visit Ireland” Exhibit at The Camarillo Art Center on display throughout March. Embrace the Emerald Isle spirit with a pint at The Local, Camarillo’s signature Irish bar. Or go for a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired pub crawl with a Californian twist along Camarillo’s Beer Trail. You can drink the rainbow from light to dark beers as you hop from local craft breweries including Inspiration Ale, Flat Fish Brewing Co. and Topa Topa Brewing Co.For tonight’s dinner, try a laid-back, family-friendly spot like Yolanda’s Mexican Café, Ottavio’s Italian Restaurant or Freda’s Woodfired Kitchen. If you plan ahead, book a lane for some post-dinner bowling at Harley’s Camarillo Bowl.
Day 3 – Farm Fresh
On your final morning, beeline to brunch on the patio at Waypoint Café where you can watch the planes land and take off—a quintessential Camarillo experience.
You also can’t visit Camarillo without a stop at one of our farm stands or u-pick berry farms. This is peak blueberry season at One Acre Farm, a delightful spot to get hands on picking berries you can bring home. The most luscious strawberries can be found at Las Posas Berries, and The Store at McGrath Family Farm will have a mix of fruits and veggies. Get a spring bouquet and more healthy goodness at Rodela Produce and Flowers.
If clothes shopping is more your vibe than farm hopping, refresh your wardrobe for spring and summer with a few key staples or statement pieces found at the Camarillo Premium Outlets. Vintage and designer consignment treasures can be found at Green Goddess Boutique in Old Town. We also have several thrift stores that are packed with cool finds, ranging from 80’s surf and skate tees to 90’s denim and Members Only jackets.
You’ll head home with some stellar souvenirs, be they of the consumable or wearable variety. And we predict you’ll also be smiling from the inside out after a few fun days galavanting around our blissfully sunny Camarillo!