Channel Islands Harbor

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5 Must-Try Channel Islands Harbor Breakfast Spots

You Have to Try These Harbor Spots if You Love Breakfast!

Whether you’re an early riser or a late AM snoozer, we can all agree that a delicious breakfast is one of the best motivators for getting out of bed.

Luckily, the Channel Islands Harbor has some of the best places for morning treats around. From hearty breakfasts to quick bites, there’s a wide variety of options for you and your family to enjoy. After all, you’ll need to fill up before walking around the Harbor or getting out on the water.

Honey Cup

Everything Honey Cup serves is hand crafted and delivered with care. Honey Cup offers anything from sweet yogurt parfaits and soft, crisp bagels to the “breakfast kitchen sink” and a delicious waffle bowl filled with berries and granola. What sets Honey Cup’s breakfast menu apart is its wide variety of espresso, coffee, iced drinks, blended drinks, and smoothie menu. Honey Cup is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday – Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.


Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut


Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut is regarded as one of the best places to eat breakfast in Ventura County. Enjoy panoramic views of the water as you dine on generous portions of signature dishes like chilaquiles, the surfer’s burrito, rainbow trout and eggs, and more.  This can’t miss restaurant fills up fast so make sure you get there early and grab a table with a view. Mrs. Olson’s is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sea Fresh Channel Islands

Owner Bill Sutton fishes daily, weather permitting, and supplies the restaurant with the highest quality seafood. Enjoy the fruits of Bill’s labor by sitting outside on one of two outdoor patios right on the water. Sea Fresh’s breakfast menu includes all your basics. However, you might want to try the smoked salmon or Sea fresh omelet, which includes shrimp, bay scallops, crab, pepper jack cheese and Pico de Gallo. Sea Fresh offers breakfast on weekends from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.




If you crave doughnuts, Spudnuts at Fisherman’s Wharf will not disappoint. In addition to doughnuts, you can find pastries, cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwiches and coffee drinks. One of the doughnuts they offer is the equivalent to six doughnuts and might be the size of a young adult’s head! Locals visit this doughnut shop early in the morning to get their fill of pastries and coffee. If you visit often enough, the staff will quickly learn your name and regular order! Spudnuts is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Waterside Restaurant & Wine Bar

Breakfast is only available here on Sundays, but you don’t want to miss this restaurant’s Farmers Brunch. Waterside offers customers classically inspired dishes, prepared using only the finest ingredients available locally from the bounty of the Oxnard Plain and coastal waters. You and your guests can sit in an intimate dining room area with Harbor views or outside in a glass-enclosed heated patio. From house-made zucchini bread with honey butter and crab benedict to fruit salad and the Waterside Brunch Burger, there is something for everyone. Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

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Whale Watching Season is Here!

Whale watching can be a thrilling experience, especially in the Channel Islands region. On your tour, there’s a great chance you will see Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Finback Whales and Gray Whales. Before you begin your adventure, being prepared for your whale watch and knowing what to expect can make your trip a successful one. Following these tips will help you get the most out of your excursion.

Book Your Trip With a Reputable Company

If you’re going whale watching, you don’t have to look any further than the Channel Islands Harbor.

Islands Packers Whale Watching tours depart for a 3 to 3 ½ hour cruise along the Santa Barbara Channel. If you increase your trip from a half day to a full day, you can enjoy a landing on the Channel Islands at Anacapa Island or Santa Cruz Island.

Channel Islands Whale Watching offers breathtaking excursions through the waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and the National Marine Sanctuary. Hop aboard Ranger 85 with Captain Frank, who began his career at sea in 1976 and has been offering eco tours since 1990. Captain Frank offers AM and PM cruises.

Check The Weather and The Marine Forecast

If you’re not sure about rough seas or whether or not you’ll get motion sickness, you’ll probably want to go whale watching on the calmest day possible. Check not only the weather forecast, but the marine forecast. If the forecast is for high winds and seas, it’s likely you’ll have a rocky trip.

Check The Sightings

Whales are wild animals, so sightings can never really be guaranteed. You will want to check on recent sightings by visiting the Islands Packers Whale Watching and Channel Islands Whale Watching websites. Even if you don’t see whales, there’s a great chance you will also encounter a wide variety of marine life including dolphins, seals, sea lions, and a rich variety of bird life; some of which are endangered and protected.

Pack For A Day At Sea

Here’s a list of essentials:

Bring a smartphone or camera to record your experience or capture a cool pic. Make sure your phone is charged or bring plenty of batteries and a clear memory card in case the sightings are spectacular. Keep in mind that the average point-and-shoot camera might not deliver the speed and magnification needed to get the best pictures. If you have a 35mm camera, a 200-300mm lens provides the most zoom and stability for whale watching. Remember to get fun shots of you and/or your family and use #channelislandsharbor when posting on social media.

Binoculars are a must! With binoculars you might be able to catch all those easy to miss details.

Dress in layers, wear sturdy, rubber-soled shoes, and bring a rain jacket if there’s even the slightest chance of rain. Wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat! Remember that it can be a bit cooler on the ocean.

Get There On Time

Follow the company’s guidelines as to when to arrive for boarding the boat. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time to stand in line for tickets and get on board. Whale watching should be a fun, relaxing experience, and rushing around at the beginning makes for a hectic start.

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Holiday Parade of Lights

This is why you need to take your family to the 52nd Annual Parade of Lights

The second Saturday in December marks a special tradition at the Channel Islands Harbor as the community kicks off the holiday season with the annual Parade of Lights. This is more than just an event – it’s an awesome experience. Here’s why you need to bring your family.

Our floats are boats!

Your children and family will be in awe as fantastic festive boats light up the night as the procession winds through the Harbor. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales Afloat. With sugar plum fairies, mermaids, princesses, dragons, and more, you’ll be sure to find a favorite to cheer on.

Free pics with Santa and 36 tons of snow

Festivities at the Harbor begin at noon near Marine Emporium Landing. Take your family and enjoy a variety of food options, a holiday artists’ market, live music, and children’s activities. There will be more than 36 tons of snow moved in for your family to play in. Plus, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be there to take pictures, free of charge, with your children.

Treat your family

Relish the opportunity to dine and shop in your favorite establishments in the Harbor prior to the parade. From pizza to fine dining, there’s a lot to choose from. Plus, if you can’t make it out to the parade in time while dining, there’s a great chance you can see the parade from the restaurant of your choice!

Santa and his reindeer make an appearance

Santa and his reindeer mark the beginning for the parade by flying over the Harbor in a helicopter. How cool is that?

Where to watch?

The parade starts in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp, then heads back to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats the route for a second run. The parade can be viewed from parks and walkways that line the route as well as from most Harbor restaurants. Boat charters are available for those who want to watch the parade from the water.

How to Attend:

What: 52nd Annual Parade of Lights
When: Noon to 8 p.m. (Parade starts at 7 p.m.)

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