Time to study and time to play. 

When you need a break, you'll find there are lots of great things to do nearby. 

Explore the big city

CI is almost exactly half-way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, two vibrant and thriving centers of arts, culture and entertainment. Both are only about 1 hour by car, or better yet: take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train or Metrolink from Camarillo to beat the traffic and enjoy the SoCal scenery in speed and comfort.  

Grab a bite or drink

Camarillo has a wide selection of tasty dining options, from locally caught fish to barbecued tri-tip, from Mexican to Mongolian. Take a stroll down Ventura Boulevard in old town Camarillo to find your new favorite spot. Or wander further afield to explore the food truck scene in Oxnard's Plaza Park or classic beach shack dining at Neptune's Net on Pacific Coast Highway. 

Eat local & seasonal

Our region provides a cornucopia of some of the world's best produce. Pick up seasonal, organic produce at the certified Farmers' Market in old Town Camarillo every Saturday. Be sure to sample the strawberries, citrus and avocados that Ventura County is known for. 

Celebrate everything

This region loves festivals, large and small, which take place year round. Whether celebrating avocados, strawberries, or Greek food and culture, there's always something new to discover.  

Popcorn and a movie

Camarillo has several movie theaters featuring everything from latest Hollywood blockbuster to independent, art-house cinema.

Take a hike

There is great local hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, including the spectacular Backbone Trail (completed in 2016), with lots of great trails of all ability ranges (from leisurely to strenuous). Trails are accessible from both Potrero Road at Rancho Satwiwa and Pacific Coast Highway. 

Come sail away

Explore the Channel Islands with regular trips by boat from the Channel Islands harbor. Or learn to kayak or take a sailing class through Campus Recreation. 

Fun in the sun

Like to surf? CI is near plenty of great surf spots just minutes from our Camarillo campus, and lots of beautiful beaches for stretching out and soaking up the sun. 

Roll on two wheels

The Camarillo area is well-known for its flat roads and prevalent bike lanes, and Pacific Coast Highway makes for scenic bike touring.

Prefer the dirt? Plenty of challenging mountain bike trails dot the Santa Monica Mountains. Some of the closest are easily accessible from Potrero Road at Rancho Satwiwa or from Pacific Coast Highway.

Shop til you drop

Great shopping abounds at the Camarillo Premium Outlets, and plenty of other shopping opportunities in Oxnard and Thousand Oaks. 

Get to know your neighbors

Our county is full unique and charming towns like Ojai, Oxnard, Santa Paula, and Ventura