Coastal Santa Barbara & Ventura

A variety things to do and places to visit in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. From the offshore Islands including Channel Islands National Park, miles of coastline, in our hillsides and mountains. Including Los Padre National Forest, Santa Barbara wine country, local lakes as well as the cities of Santa Barbara and Ventura. Hiking, boating, kayaking, camping, day tripping, wine tasting, fishing, surfing.

Coastal santa barbara & Ventura


california’s RIVERA & gold Coast

When it comes to combining the mountains and the sea, it’s tough to think of a better place in the country for hiking than Santa Barbara. Nicknamed The American Riviera, Santa Barbara exudes a Mediterranean feel with its coastline, vegetation, and architecture. Tucked between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains, which run east to west through the Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara creates a postcard-perfect backdrop for your next coastal retreat.

But more importantly for hikers, Santa Barbara and surrounding areas feature some amazing trails to explore. You’ll find everything from easy, flat paths through manicured gardens to difficult climbs that reach towering heights over the Pacific. Scenic views are everywhere, and at the end of the day, you can enjoy some of the best dining and finest wines in the country.

Santa Barbara County offers camping opportunities from beaches like El Capitan and Jalama State beaches to remote mountain locals in the Los Padre National Forest like Figueroa Mountain, not to mention lakeside adventures and Cachuma Lake.

Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy a wide range of experiences from city tours, backcountry mountain biking, country roads through Santa Ynez wine country. Gibraltar Road has been a popular training climb for world class cyclists for years and once at the top, riders can choose a breathtaking decent or can continue along Camino Cielo, enjoying views of the Channel Islands offshore, Point Conception to the west and Mount Boney Peak to the east.

Ventura is a small west coast beach town enclosed between California’s golden hills and the great blue sea, with breathtaking ocean and sunset views. Spring is the greenest time of year and the best time to hike if you love wildflowers. Admiring succulents and cacti is something you can do year-round thanks to Ventura’s year round Mediterranean climate. If you’re hiking for the best viewpoint of an unforgettable ocean sunset, winter sunsets never disappoint. Ventura has lots of hiking and camping opportunities. Heading inland to Ojai gives adventurers access to Ventura county’s incredible backcountry. Head up Highway 33 to remote Rose Valley and Lions Camp, with trails leading into the Sespe Wilderness, or continue on to Pine Mountain and Lockwood Valley. Head down the coast to Sycamore Canyon campgrounds which offers near shore camping and hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails into the interior of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Ventura offers two safe and scenic bike paths both accessible from Downtown Ventura and appropriate for any cycling skill level, including children. Starting at Emma Wood State Beach, the Ventura Pacific Coast Bikeway stretches along the open coast for a smooth, flat 12 miles to Carpinteria, ideal for taking in the pristine Rincon. Another paved bikeway, the Ojai Valley Trail (19 miles one way), weaves along the shady Ventura River to Downtown Ojai, with a view of the surrounding Los Padres Mountains the whole ride. Bike rentals are available at the Bike Depot, conveniently located between both trailheads.

CIP offers day trippers & campers a variety of services which include meal packages, plus camp kitchen and camp equipment can be arranged for our camping meal package clients.