The surf culture runs deep in Ventura. The county lays claim to numerous great beaches and surf spots, from the reef breaks of California Street and Rincon, to beach breaks like County Line and Oxnard. Outside the concrete mayhem of LA, it is a get- away to some, and for many it is a destination for great surfing. The mild Southern California climate encourages water sports in all seasons, with little more needed in the winter than a wetsuit.
Located right outside our hotel, this puts you in the perfect position for a lively day of surfing, beachcombing, and a taste of the downtown atmosphere. We’ve been told that our elevators are the only ones in Ventura that are big enough to accommodate a longboard! Breaking year round, the waves at C-Street can range from small and forgiving to large and exhilarating depending on the season. Beginners would enjoy the summer months the best because the waves are easy to learn on and the water is warm! Just a few steps from our doors put you on the beach, so what are you waiting for?
Often referred to as the “Queen of the Coast,” Rincon is one of the most legendary surf breaks in all of California. Located a half an hour north of the hotel off the 101, Rincon’s long, flawless walls have inspired many a surfer, and draw visiting surfers from around the world. The reef below keeps the waves consistently well-shaped, and the surroundings make for a nearly pristine environment. You almost forget that you are right next to a freeway because of the beauty of the place. The beach also makes for a great place to lay out, look for shells, or catch a sunset. Located off Bates Road, Rincon is where California surf history comes alive!
Located just south of the Los Angeles-Ventura county line, Leo Carrillo State Beach is a paradisiacal slice of Southern California beach culture. With the Santa Monica Mountains on one side of the Pacific Coast Highway and the long, sheltered sandy beach to the other side, a visitor could hike one of the trails in the morning and jump in the water in the afternoon to cool off afterwards!
This beach in particular boasts clear water, great rock formations, and a kelp forest teeming with bass, rockfish, starfish, and other sea life. This makes for a nice option for snorkelers or divers to explore in a semi-sheltered environment with generally good visibility.
Surfers will enjoy the long, easy waves at Leo Carrillo as the rock reef keeps the waves consistent, especially at a medium to high tide. In between waves, one could peer over their rail and see the multitude of life below them in the near pristine water. All in all, even on a small day, Leo Carrillo will not disappoint.
County Line (Neptune’s Net)
Just north of Leo Carrillo is the popular beach at County Line. With the iconic Neptune’s Net restaurant directly across the highway from the water, it is hard to miss this stretch of sand and surf. A sand-bottom beachbreak, County Line is a beach frequented by surfers of all abilities, as well as all manner of beachgoers. Like Leo Carrillo, County Line is one of the many beaches off PCH that offers kelp beds in which to go spearfishing or snorkeling.
The city of Oxnard is the largest in Ventura County and boasts excellent beachbreaks with the right conditions. Oxnard Shores, located where 5th Street ends, is one such break. Whether it is 2 feet or 10, the waves here are powerful and fast. These waves have bred some of the best surfers in the county, and were a testing ground for the Bonzer surfboards of the Campbell Brothers. As always, show respect in the lineup, and you will have a great time.
Silver Strand Beach
Of the myriad breaks in Oxnard, Silver Strand is a standout for the incredible power and shape that the waves display. Like Oxnard Shores, Silver Strand has been a proving ground for local surfers for years and is rightly cherished by these individuals for its near- perfect tubular waves. The atmosphere can be testy at times, especially if you are not from the area, but respect for the other surfers can go a long way.