Ventura Harbor, Marina Park, Harbor Village and Channel Islands National Park
Here's our movie of the entrance to Ventura Harbor Village:
To visit the harbor as well as the beaches south of the pier, take Harbor Boulevard south and turn right on Seaward Avenue, then left on Pierpont Boulevard for more Ventura beaches, including Marina Park.
This 15-acre beach and picnic area is the perfect spot to fish off the jetty, watch boats cruising in and out of the harbor or let kids play on the sand-bound pirate ship: Aarrgh!
Enter the water with caution, though. This beach is known locally for its rip current. Ask the lifeguard on duty, to point it out.
If no lifeguard is on duty, ask anyone: Most locals know exactly where this rip current is.
Farther south along Harbor Boulevard, turn in the main entrance to
Inside the harbor's breakwater, visitors can stroll along the promenade beside the marina, buy bikinis, wind chimes or fish bait in the warren of stores that comprise
Ventura Harbor Village.
Rent a kayak, sign up for a diving, fishing or whale watching excursions.
Photo opportunity: If you do take a boat out of the harbor, be sure to watch for pelicans at the end of the breakwater - sometimes there's hundreds of them.