Imagine three-hundred-day-a-year sunshine, temperatures that rarely leave the 70s, and a commute perfectly positioned between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. This little daydream is at the heart of Camarillo’s wide appeal.
The fourth-largest city in Ventura County, Camarillo enjoys a rich history, complete with the internationally famous Camarillo white horses. The city is also prized for its abundant agricultural scene – something epitomized by the popularity of the Camarillo Farmers Market. Traditions like the elaborate Holiday Lighting Program and summertime Art & Jazz Festival only accentuate the charm and community feel that make Camarillo a Central California highlight.
Camarillo is adequately diverse, with Asian and Hispanic residents representing about 10% and 25% of the city’s population respectively. Of the 66,630 citizens in town, the majority (61%) are married, and most are approximately 41 years old. Healthcare, educational services, and public administration are among the city’s highest-paying job sectors.
Brainiacs in Camarillo who’d love a science-based lecture on avian DNA deeply relish the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, while the Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum & Botanical Gardens offers gorgeous spaces to walk off the intellectual high. Camarillo Premium Outlets attracts shopping fans from far beyond the city limits in search of impressive deals all year long, while families will love the food-to-fork connections brilliantly illuminated at the McGrath Family Farm.
The recently revitalized Old Town Camarillo is slowly becoming more than just a college student hangout; eateries like its beach-themed Olas de Carlos Surf Grill have lured a trendy thirty-something crowd as well. Camarillo Heights is also increasingly popular with newcomers, thanks to well-tended midsized homes with attractive price tags.
Parents wanting to fast-track academic growth in elementary-age children will flip for Santa Rosa Magnet School, La Mariposa School, and the Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education – all exceptional options. The latter school also spoils older kids, through high school, with a richly curated set of scholarly offerings.
When they’re not traveling themselves, locals still head to CMA to sample the intensely satisfying bites at the Wayport Cafe. If there’s a long wait – which can sometimes be the case – Wood Ranch BBQ makes for an equally delicious and filling option.