Channel Islands Harbor: Facebook Year in Review

A dark, fiery red and purple sunset over the Pacific

Taking a trip down memory lane is always fun, especially when it’s at the Channel Islands Harbor. Based on your engagement (likes/comments/shares/clicks), we’ve compiled the top 10 Facebook posts from 2018 for you to enjoy and reflect. We did not include our top videos or links to blog articles we’ve shared. We will save that…

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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.

A BLT, fresh fruit, and an espresso

Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut

Colorfully painted chairs line Mrs. Olson's Coffee Hut bar

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.

	View from the harbor at night of the Sea Fresh Grill & Market & Raw Bar


Fresh doughnuts at Spudnuts (Fisherman’s Wharf)

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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53rd Annual Parade of Lights Winners Announced

One of the smallest entries garnered the biggest prize at the Channel Islands Harbor’s 53rd Annual Parade of Lights.

Cruzin Tiki, a 16-foot tiki bar vessel owned by Keith and Arlene Beckwith of Oxnard, took home the Sweepstakes prize, which goes to the entry with the highest overall score at the parade. More than 35 boaters participated in the parade, themed “Heroes on Holiday.”

While the vessel was decorated festively, catching the attention of thousands of spectators at the Parade of Lights, it was who was on board and what was playing that was special.

Joining the Beckwiths were two full-uniformed military members, one Navy veteran and one Marine veteran, who also brought family members with them. During the parade, Cruzin Tiki played the Navy and Marine hymns.

Keith Beckwith said this is the third year the Cruzin Tiki has participated in the parade.

Here is the full list of winners:


  • Cruzin Tiki, Keith & Arlene Beckwith

Yacht Club Over 30’

  • 1st Place: Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club
  • 2nd Place: Anacapa Yacht Club

Electric Boat (Boat Name/Boat Owner)

  • 1st Place: Auntie Pat, Thomas Jackson & Richard Tentler
  • 2nd Place: It’s All Good, Thomas & Leah Lucas
  • 3rd Place: Lo Voltage, Mitch & Michelle Loman


  • 1st Place: Central Coast Electric Boats
  • 2nd Place: Salt Waterside Bistro

Individual Over 30’ (Boat Name/Boat Owner)

  • 1st Place: Bossea Lady, Pam Rutherford
  • 2nd Place: Tilly Tilly, Travis Zajic
  • 3rd Place: Octavia, Leon & Karen Parkhouse

Individual 30’ and Under (Boat Name/Boat Owner)

  • 1st Place: Cruzin Tiki, Keith & Arlene Beckwith
  • 2nd Place: Triton, Adail & Deb Gaynor
  • 3rd Place: Open Wide, William Clark

Best Dressed Crew

  • Central Coast Electric Boats

Most Humorous Display

  • Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club

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