Wanted a quick weekend get away with Lady Egg so we decided to stay at the Embassy Suites in Mandalay Bay in Oxnard. Besides spending time at the local restaurants, we took a 1/2 day adventure to Santa Cruz Island for a little hiking and sight seeing.
San Buenaventura State Beach
Our first stop was at San Buenaventura state beach just past Ventura Harbor. It was nice to have the beach sparsely populated and just enjoy the perfect beach weather
We heard about Brophy Bros in Santa Barbara by some locals so it was a nice surprise to see it in Ventura. We ended up getting sharing a crab shrimp salad and 1/2 dozen east coast oysters.
After checking in we had time to enjoy the free drinks at Happy Hour and catch the sunset at the beach which was right outside the hotel
Dinner was a Brazilian Seafood restaurant called Moqueca which was a nice surprise. The food was amazing and tasty. Got the lobster moqueca and squid paella.
Santa Cruz Island
The next day was a 1 hour boat ride over to Santa Cruz Island. The original plan was to go to Anacapa Island but for the same price, you could go to the largest island and explore more. On the way we saw an enormous pod of Dolphins. The captain estimated it to be around 500 dolphins. What is native to only a few of the channel islands is the Santa Cruz fox. It’s rare but not uncommon to spot especially near the campgrounds
Dinner post island hike was at Brasserie Communautaire. It’s a french influenced restaurant that has a strong wine program on the Oxnard Harbor. We shared the mac and cheese, fried chicken and the mushroom risotto.