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San Buenaventura State Beach



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    131.26 acres

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Come enjoy a laid back, retro vibe at San Buenaventura State Beach. Watch time slow down as you arrive and enjoy swimming, surfing, picnicking, beach volleyball, or playing frisbee. The beach is two miles of sandy expanse mixed with a small lagoon and copious wildlife. This beach is lifeguarded by the State of California's highly trained lifeguards year-round with every tower occupied and watching the water in the summer months.

Enjoy the wild and scenic sand dunes, and relax in the well aportioned picnic sites. Each picnic area has tables and grills for large groups or multiple familes. Some picnic areas even offer wind and privacy screens to improve your experience.

Host your dream event here and take advantage of our 6 acres of turf which is complimented by seemingly limiteless parking in our three large parking lots. The Jolly Oyster, Good to Go Juice Truck, and Wheel Fun Rentals are located on-site during weekends and holidays, offering visitors food and beverage service and bike rentals. Bike trails connect other nearby beaches and the Ventura Pier so you may continue your exploration right into downtown Ventura if you please.

Allowed Activities
Road Biking
Scuba Diving
Good For
Rules & Regulation
Dogs Permitted With Restrictions
Dogs On Leash

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

San Buenaventura State Beach


This day use park has two miles of sandy beach, sand dunes, picnic sites, a parking lot, and snack and beach-equipment concessionaires. Phone (805) 968-1033 for more information.

Picnic Area

Over one dozen accessible picnic sites with picnic tables and fire grills are dispersed throughout the picnic area. Routes to the picnic sites are accessible and connect with accessible parking. An accessible water station is available near the accessible parking. Generally accessible restrooms are located near the center of the picnic area and near the concessionaires. are located near the center of the picnic area and near the concessionaires.

Beach condition advisory

This past winter, storms and high waves eroded much of the sand on the beach at this park, exposing cobble rocks, particularly south of the pier. The beach area with the most sand is next to the main day-use parking lot.


The Jolly Oyster 11 am-6 pmSunday 11 am-6 pm

More good times ahead!

Opening Fridays 11-6 beginning Memorial Weekend!

Wheel Fun Rentals:

Special Events and Weddings

San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura features a sandy beach with a shady picnic area that can be used as a reception area. For more information, contact or call (805) 648-4059.