at the Promenade
Ventura, CA 93006This isn't a swimming beach but it may be one of the busiest beaches in town. The day we were there surf school was on. Literally hundreds of people - most of them teenagers - were paddling their surf boards vying for the best waves.
Since the Point borders the north end of San Buenaventura State Beach and the south end of the Seaside Wilderness Park there is a fair amount of access to the narrow rocky beach. The waves here are large and consistent.
Northbound: From the 101 take the Seaward Ave. exit or the California Street exit. Turn left towards the ocean to Harbor Blvd., turn right on Harbor and continue until you reach Seaside Park at the corner of Harbor and Figueroa. Turn left and the free parking is directly ahead. If you bear to the right there is also paid parking.
Southbound: From the 101, take the Seaward Ave. exit, make an immediate right on Harbor Blvd. and proceed to Seaside Park. Turn left and the free parking is directly ahead. If you bear to the right there is also paid parking.