Dreaming of a beach vacation, but not sure where to stay? Conveniently located halfway between Santa Barbara and LA, Camarillo is a central hub for exploring Southern California’s uncrowded beaches.
This sunny, family-friendly town is close to surfing, playing in the sand, strolling and shopping in the harbor. A 30-minute drive south will get you to star-studded Malibu, and the same distance heading north takes you to one of the best surfing spots on the Central Coast.
Here’s a list of the top 10 beaches close to Camarillo:
Point Mugu State Park
Miles from Camarillo: 10
Take advantage of California’s Golden Hour and catch a relaxing sunset at Point Mugu State Park Beach. This beach is known for Mugu Rock, a distinctive rock formation that has been featured in many television and film shoots. It’s a wonderful place to dip your toes in the water, relax with the sound of the waves, or bask under the rays of the sun.
Port Hueneme Beach
Miles from Camarillo: 13
Cruise along Pacific Coast Highway on your way to Port Hueneme Beach, a lowkey lesser-known beach with lots of wide-open space, picnic areas, and a lovely pier for walking or fishing.
Oxnard State Beach Park
Miles from Camarillo: 15
Oxnard State Beach Park is a sunny, family-friendly beach perfect for those who want to get active. Enjoy a walking path, volleyball courts, and a playground. It’s also a starting point for the Oxnard Bike Trail. Experience authentic Ventura County Coast vibes while cruising along this trail and soaking in the gorgeous ocean views.
Silver Strand/Hollywood Beach
Miles from Camarillo: 16
Hollywood Beach—once a secluded spot for such actors as Clarke Gable and John Wayne—is now known for its soft sand and gentle waves. You’ll feel like a star at Silver Strand Beach, named for the “silver screen” of Hollywood. This relatively secluded beach is ideal for a quiet day of lying out on the beautiful white sand beach and enjoying stunning views of Channel Islands and the nearby harbor
C Street/Surfer’s Point
Miles from Camarillo: 17
As its name suggests, C Street/Surfer’s Point in Ventura is ideal for catching a wave or watching the pros do their thing! The beach also has fantastic views of the Ventura Pier and nearby Seaside Park is dog friendly.
Emma Wood State Beach
Miles from Camarillo: 20
Camping enthusiasts will love spending time at Emma Wood State Beach, an all-in-one adventure-packed spot. Here, you’ll find it all: surfing, camping, birdwatching, fishing, biking and hiking. The campgrounds are equipped with picnic areas, restrooms, showers, and more, so you can kick back and relax in style.
Miles from Camarillo: 22
Just north of Ventura, Mondos Beach is the perfect spot for surfing novices or those who want to do some boogie boarding, body surfing, or paddle boarding. Be aware that there aren’t facilities at this beach, but there is free parking!
Rincon State Beach
Miles from Camarillo: 30
Rincon Point State Beach (location of the televised Rincon Classic) has been ranked one of the top beaches to surf in the U.S. Surfers come from all over the world to ride the waves of “The Queen of the California Coast,” which are steady year-round.
Channel Islands National Park
Miles from Camarillo: 15 by car plus 15 by boat
Known as the Galapagos of North America, Channel Islands National Park is a truly unique place to hike, snorkel, swim, kayak and view wildlife. Island Packers runs boat rides out of Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor, both of which offer a wide variety of water activities, shopping and dining experiences.
Miles from Camarillo: 35
Malibu is probably most famous for being home to the rich and famous, but it’s also home to some gorgeous beaches, unbelievable surfing, shopping, and more. Try Surfrider Beach for great waves and Zuma Beach for laying out in the sun.
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