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About Ventura Pier Beach in Ventura, California

The sandy beach at Ventura Pier is Ventura’s main city beach and is nearest the downtown area. The original San Buenaventura City Pier was first constructed in 1872, and has been renovated, but is still an old structure on wooden pilings that attracts fishermen and tourists who visit the Ventura waterfront. The view from the beach and the pier looks out over Pierpont Bay toward the Channel Islands.

When visiting Ventura, plan to walk out onto the pier to take in the best views (it’s 1600 feet long). Then, if you have more energy, consider walking north on the paved Ventura Promenade pathway to Surfers Point Park. You can walk as far as you’d like and will probably see surfers riding the waves that break around the point. South of Ventura Pier is San Buenaventura State Beach which can also be reached via the Promenade (about 4/5 of a mile from the pier).

Restaurants are available on the pier and at the Crown Plaza Hotel next to the beach. Bikes, beach chairs, and body boards are available for rent at the pier seven days a week in summer and on weekends in the winter months.

To get to Ventura Pier Beach from downtown just head toward the ocean on California Street and you’ll find it. There is a large parking structure next to the Crown Plaza just off Harbor Boulevard. Another option is the northern parking lot for San Buenaventura State Beach which is right behind the beach (the lot entrance is south of the pier).

450 E Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA 93001
Other Names
Ventura City Beach, C Street Beach, California Street, Ventura Wharf
City Beach
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fees for parking
Fishing, Biking, Skating, Walking, Beach Walking, Watching Sunsets
Fishing Pier, Paved Bike Path, Promenade, Restrooms, Showers, Rentals, Restaurants, Hotel
Map of Ventura Pier Beach
Ventura, US
2:27 am, April 22, 2024
temperature icon 58°F
L: 57° H: 61°
Feels like 57.47 °F broken clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:16 am
Sunset: 7:34 pm
Humidity 88 %
Pressure1012 mb
Wind 2 m/s

Nearby Beaches

Surfers Point Beach

0.7 miles away

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Seaward Avenue Beach

1.1 miles away

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February 12, 2024

Winter storms have closed the pier for a while longer. It was set to open, but sustained more damage.