Walkable Harbor

With its year-round sunny skies and fresh ocean breezes, California weather begs for exploring the great outdoors via foot, and Ventura Harbor Village’s spectacular waterfront promenade does not disappoint. The seaside enclave gives visitors a new way to reconnect with the sky and the sea via a 3-mile roundtrip Instagrammable trek. Traveling by boat is a fun way to discover a destination up close and personal, but the same can be said for walking.  So park the car, pocket the keys, and stay fit and healthy by adding a “walkable” regime to the travel itinerary.  Outdoor enthusiasts start their journey at the picturesque Harbor Cove Beach with its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean before arriving at the stunning Ventura Keys.

Along the way, travelers witness a bevy of majestic yachts, sail, pedal, and electric boats; a myriad of water sport activities; scenic marinas; an expansive working Harbor with commercial fishing amenities; and upscale residential communities.  Nature lovers also delight in diverse wildlife: whales, seals, sea lions and birds in flight. Culminate a visit by strolling among the more than 30 unique shops and art galleries, savoring alfresco dining, staying at a full-service hotel and viewing the brilliance of a magnificent sunset …all perfect ways to warm yourself SEAside and SEAS the day.

Here’s what you might SEA along the way…

Collage: Ventura harbor beaches, views of Channel Islands National Park, Ventura West Marina
  • Sparkling blue harbor beaches & surfers headed out for waves
  • Channel Islands National Park (phenomenal views from the tower and back deck)
  • Walk along the boats & swaying palm trees in Ventura West Marina
  • Sail masts lined up at Ventura Yacht Club
  • Coastal keepsakes in the Island Packers Gift Shop
  • Stunning Village views, fishing vessels, and recreational rentals
Collage: Ventura Yacht Club, keepsakes at Island Packers Gift Shop, a view of harbor village
Collage: Ventura Harbor promenade, fire pit and the Fisherman's Memorial Arch
  • Ventura down the Ventura Harbor Village Promenade (be sure to stop for a photo op with the seasonal sign!)
  • Cozy up by the fire pit and breathe in the fresh ocean
  • Stand under the iconic Fisherman’s Memorial arch
  • Smell the famous fish & chips wafting from Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market
  • Fisherman offload their fresh catch from just off of the coast
  • Check out the massive blue crane that lifts boats out of the water for maintenance
Collage: Andria's Seafood, fisherman offloading fresh catch, the blue harbor crane
Collage: View of Harbor hotel row, Portside Ventura Harbor apartments, a boat sails by at sunset
  • Picture perfect views of the marina along Harbor hotel row
  • Explore the big walking promenade along the new Portside Ventura Harbor apartments
  • Watch beautiful boats launch and sail by
  • Once you spot the large red ball, you’ve reached Mavcco Market Fuel & Bait (don’t let the name fool you, they also have snacks & beer)
  • Watch customers offload their catch with Ventura Sportfishing
  • Stunning patio views if you stop in for happy hour at Water’s Edge Restaurant & Bar
walkable harbor pictures
Collage: Derecktor's boatyard & storage, Harbortown Point Marina, Marina Park & Ventura Harbor entrance
  • Walk past Derecktor’s boatyard & storage
  • Take a left at Harbortown Point Marina Resort sign
  • End your walk with breathtaking views of Ventura Keys, Marina Park & the Ventura Harbor entrance