San Buenaventura State Beach
Trailhead: You can access the promenade from several locations along Harbor Boulevard. I started at the eastern end, at the intersection of San Pedro Road and Pierpont Boulevard, from which you can travel west for nearly two miles.
Length: 2-4 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Level
Terrain: HardThere are several short stretches where the asphalt has buckled, making for a bumpy ride.
DescriptionA wide paved promenade with marked lanes travels a few hundred yards past dunes before the ocean and Ventura Pier come into view. For the first half-mile you can hear traffic noise from nearby Harbor Boulevard and Highway 101; after that, ocean sounds predominate. Shortly after you pass beneath the pier you come to a steep concrete ramp leading down to the beach. Opposite the ramp is a path that leads up to Harbor Boulevard, where a right turn onto the sidewalk brings you to the pier entrance. Back on the promenade, you shortly come to an inaccessible play area on the beach and an accessible plaza with several restaurants. Here the promenade widens, pedestrian traffic increases, and both palm trees and benches are plentiful. You pass Promenade Park, a narrow grassy area, then Surfers Point Park, where the railings disappear and your view of the ocean is unobstructed.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Beach Wheelchair: YesIt's advisable to make a request the morning of the day you plan to use it; call the lifeguard station, (805) 648-3321.
Accessible Parking: YesAll lots serving the park have accessible spaces. Additional lots are to the north, at Surfers Point Park and the fairgrounds.
Accessible Restroom: YesAt picnic area, Surfers Point Park, and near beach-equipment rental kiosk
Features icon key
- Beach Wheelchairs Available
- particularly good for families
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, September 19, 2008
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