See the Getting To & Around Ventura County chapter on Page 24 for information about local airports, train service and other transportation.
The closest commercial flights land at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport in Santa Barbara, about 55 miles from NB Ventura County. One-way Roadrunner Shuttle Service between the airport and NB Ventura County starts at about $100 (www.rrshuttle.com/sba ); a taxi is much more expensive. It is far less costly to contact a base sponsor and arrange to be picked up at the airport.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 60 miles from NB Ventura County. One-way Roadrunner Shuttle Service between the airport and NB Ventura County starts at about $73, and taxi service carries a much higher price tag, so once again, it makes sense to pre-arrange a pickup with your base sponsor.
Burbank Bob Hope Airport is also about 60 miles from NB Ventura County. One-way Roadrunner Shuttle Service between the airport and NB Ventura County starts at $65 for a shared van.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, prior to your arrival at Naval Base Ventura County.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Naval Base Ventura County. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging/dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit prior to arrival to ask for sponsorship. The Fleet & Family Support Center (805-989-8146) can help new members get in touch with their sponsors.
California law bans all drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving, and drivers under 18 years old are prohibited from using hands-free cellphones. Texting is forbidden for all drivers.
Drivers heading to Port Hueneme either north or south on U.S. Route 101, the Ventura Freeway, should exit at Victoria Avenue and travel south for about 6 miles to Channel Islands Boulevard, then turn left. Stay on Channel Islands Boulevard to Ventura Road and turn right. The first entrance to the base is at Sunkist Gate, which is open 24/7.
Other gates and times, Port Hueneme:
Pleasant Valley Gate: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed holidays
Victoria Gate: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed holidays
Bard Gate (pedestrians only): 7:15 to 9 a.m. and 1:45 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday; closed holidays
Patterson Gate: Closed
Drivers traveling to Point Mugu from Los Angeles can take either U.S. Highway 101 or the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, State Route 1, and exit off Las Posas Road. Those coming south on U.S. 101 from Northern California also should exit at Las Posas Road and turn right, or west. Follow Las Posas Road for about 6 miles to the Las Posas Gate, or Gate 3, which is open 24/7.
Other gates and times, Point Mugu:
Gate 1 (Main Road Gate): Closed
Gate 2 (North Mugu Road Gate): 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed holidays
Gate 3 (Las Posas Gate): Open 24/7
Gate 3 (Las Posas Gate, commercial vehicle inspection): 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed holidays
New members must check in at the Quarterdeck (open 24/7) in Building 1 on Sixth Street, Point Mugu. The 24-hour phone number is 805-989-7209.
From the Quarterdeck, each person will be directed to the proper sections to complete reporting in. Be sure to bring documents and paperwork needed for in-processing as well as enough uniforms for several days. Newcomers will need to check in at the housing office in the Welcome Center to complete a housing application and secure housing and a temporary meal pass. Call 805-982-4571 with specific in-processing questions.
After new arrivals report to their shore commands, the next stop for them and their families is either the NB Ventura County Welcome/Visitors Center, 1000 23rd Ave., in Port Hueneme, the central support center for all NBVC military and civilian personnel and residents (805-982-5037) or the Point Mugu Welcome/Visitors Center, 311 Main Road (805-989-8146).
Built much like shopping malls, the Welcome Centers house the Personnel Support Detachment, housing office, Fleet and Family Support Center, Personal Property, Sato Travel Office, Homeport Liaison Office, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the American Red Cross.
From in-processing time until departure, the Welcome Centers are a one-stop shop for help: updating ID cards and DEERS records, maintaining pay records, helping with on-base and off-base house hunting, and assisting with deployment planning and household emergencies.
The Welcome Centers themselves are open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but hours may differ for some agencies within them.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, operated by the housing office; the Navy Lodge, operated by the Navy Exchange; the Beach Motel and RV Park; and Fairways RV Resort Park all provide temporary quarters for eligible guests.
Military families moving to the area are encouraged to contact the Navy Lodge first for reservations; single Sailors and students should contact Navy Gateway Inns & Suites first. Navy Getaways is the link for the Beach Motel and its RV park, as well as for the Fairways Resort Park.
Pet policies vary from lodging to lodging; call to inquire about the requirements and/or restrictions.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme
Building 1164, 36th Avenue
Guest Services/Front Desk 805-283-6705
Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu
Building 27, D Street
Guest Services/Front Desk 805-283-6706
San Nicolas Island
Guest Services/Front Desk 805-989-2143
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites is Priority One lodging for all TDY travelers, military and civilian alike, at Port Hueneme, Point Mugu and San Nicolas Island. The operation provides quality lodging and services for a mobile military community while keeping official travel costs at a minimum. It also offers space-available leisure travelers’ lodging for active-duty military, military retirees, DOD civilians and reservists.
Amenities include internet access, cable TV with premium channels, microwave, refrigerator, coffee, iron/ironing board, housekeeping service and guest laundry.
Reservations are first-come, first-served without regard to rate or rank; nonduty travelers may make reservations at Port Hueneme or Point Mugu up to 30 days in advance for up to seven nights.
Navy Lodge Port Hueneme
Building 1172, Addor Street
Navy Lodge has 47 guest rooms at Port Hueneme, including family accommodations with air conditioning, kitchenettes and private baths. It is within walking distance of the base gym, fitness center, pool, Navy Exchange and Commissary, and a short drive from the Pacific Coast Highway’s scenic coastline, beaches and harbor restaurants.
Reservations are accepted as they are received from eligible personnel, who include all active-duty, Reserve and retired military members and their families.
Navy Getaways Point Mugu Beach Motel and RV Park
744 Laguna Road
Point Mugu 805-989-8407
A tidy waterfront motel and RV Park known for its laid-back, comfortable style and friendly service, the Beach Motel has 24 rooms, free internet connections, a campground for seasonal tent camping and a large family beach that is open year-round. The 1.5-mile nature trail that winds along the beach is a good vantage point for natural area beauties and wildlife.
The RV Park offers 72 spaces, full hookups, free Wi-Fi, extra parking space and picnic tables, Lock & Leave, and RV storage.
Navy Getaways Fairways RV Resort Park
Building 1532, Salsa Street
Port Hueneme 805-982-6123
Fairways RV Resort Park has 85 pull-through sites with full hookups, free Wi-Fi, picnic tables and extra parking space. Military personnel, DOD civilians and other authorized users may rent space.