Ventura Harbor Monday

By George Miller

We had a late Valentine’s Day luncheon, to avoid the crowds and excessive expense. Lots of people were off Monday- mostly schools, govt. and retirees, so it wasn’t a usual slow Monday. It was fine day for walking in the sun, boating, swimming, shopping, surfing, fishing and more- and all of these were being done.  We walked the whole Ventura Harbor area from the inlet, beaches, harbor walk, marinas, Island Packers tour HQ, National Park Service Channel Islands HQ, boatyard, shops, then drove over to the pier for lunch at Aloha Steak House, since we had heard about their good thrifty lunch specials …


Ventura Harbor scene- 2-16-15, just North of the National Park Service HQ. (Photo:

Lunch was at Aloha Steak House at the beach, right across from Crowne Plaza resort hotel. Sounds upscale and expensive, right?  Would you believe a “lunch meal deal” – only $10.95 for blackened roughy fish, brown rice, tasty salad, fresh-baked breads and soft drink?- very good, too. Imagine how good the upscale menu must be. See the ocean view from our table through the window, below. No- they are not paying me to write this and had no idea who I was.


Looking out of window at Aloha Steak House, Ventura, CA. (Photo:

 Afterward, we did the beach promenade then went to the pier. We saw all manner of fishermen, tourists, picnickers and a group of girls frolicking in the surf like it was August….


February bathing at the beach, by Ventura Pier. (Photo:

We capped off the day with a truly  outstanding raspberry gelato from the Palermo coffee house on Main St., east of the Mission.  One could spend days just exploring that neighborhood, but that’s for another time.

You can have a good time here for very little expense- or a lot, if you want to go all out- as there are expensive restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, shops, fishing trips, diving, etc.


The dredge has finished up at Channel Islands Harbor and is now removing sand buildup in Ventura and pumping it up to the beaches. (Photo:


Ventura Harbor map


George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.


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