Our Guide
to the Best California Beaches

(At least the ones in Ventura!)

Ventura County's diverse coastline features a variety of some of the best California beaches, providing something for everyone whether you’re a die-hard surfer, a swimmer, a sunbather, a camper, a family with young children or just a lover of natural beauty.

Here's our Beach by Beach Guide, with quick reference symbols of activities, amenities, and services, starting from north to south...


Rincon Point
One of the best California beaches for surfing is located right on the Santa Barbara/Ventura County border at Rincon Point... Read more

Hobson Beach Campground
Hobson Beach Campground is a first-come first serve campground situated above a sandy beach that comes and goes with the tide... Read more

Rincon Beach Parkway
While the 101 freeway and train tracks lie just to one side of the Rincon Beach Parkway, it’s the endless ocean view on the other side... Read more

Faria Beach Campground & Faria Beach
Located seven miles north of Ventura, Faria Beach Campground is a small looped park with ocean side campsites... Read more

Solimar Beach & South along Old Rincon Hwy
Like Faria Beach, Solimar Beach is a small sandy cove sandwiched between a row of “not so small” beachfront homes... Read more

Emma Wood State Beach
While a popular beachfront campground, Emma Wood opens its beach for day use. The moderate beach temperatures... Read more


Surfer’s Point and Ventura Beach
Also known as C-street Surfer’s point, located between the Crowne Plaza and Ventura’s Seaside Park, earns its name by... Read more


San Buena Ventura State Beach
Two miles of sandy beach and natural sand dunes make up the family-friendly San Buenaventura State Beach... Read more

Pierpont Beach at Seaward Village
Pierpont Beach is a powdery beach located at the end of Seward Avenue. It’s a good place for swimming, surfing and sunbathing and a life guard is on duty most of the time... Read more

Marina Park
A large park for parties or kite flying, two sand playgrounds, scenic walking paths, and small waves make this one of the best California beaches for families with children of all ages... Read more


Harbor’s Cove Beach
Best for families with small children. The harbor jetties create mild waves in this small bay. With the harbor village right across the roadway, this is a fun place to spend the day... Read more

Surfer’s Knoll
Just on the other side of Harbor’s cove is a one of the best Calfornia beaches for natural beauty and wildlife. This is not a safe swimming beach, since riptides are common at this beach... Read more

McGrath State Beach
Technically McGrath State Beach is in Oxnard,  but its short distance from Ventura Harbor village and natural beauty make it unofficially one of Ventura's beaches. The beach is open for day use... Read more

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