The sailing aficionados behind Pacific Sailing want as many people as possible to experience the thrills of traveling to untouched islands and docking inside giant wine bottles. That's why they charter sailing tours and eschew the cost of boat ownership with a sailing club, granting members access to boats for a certain number of sailing days each year. Pacific Sailing also trains new captains during one-on-one lessons that cover both basic and advanced techniques.
Its fleet, which includes boats up to 34 feet in length, sails up the coast of Ventura Harbor Village and takes 14-mile trips to Channel Islands National Park. Here, five picturesque islands grant sailors views of lush foliage and wildlife such as blue and humpback whales.
Knockout Boxing & Fitness unites guests with kickboxing-centered fitness classes and an array of cardio equipment, free weights, and yoga mats. The gym's trainers coach sweat savants in classes that knock out up to 1,000 calories per session while increasing self-esteem and odds of dominating arm-wrestling matches. Kickboxing and boxing techniques are infused in classes such as the full-circuit KO 360 class, which establishes a ring of workout stations zeroing in on heavy-bag drills, mitt work, and core work, and the KO Sparring class, which teaches fitness-seekers boxing basics through three-minute rounds of drills. For a customized workout, a health regimen is developed to suit each client's nutritional, emotional, and fitness needs in the 10-week Go Girl Go boxing and fitness program.
Cosmotion fusion fitness system integrates martial arts, healing movement, and dance into high-energy cardio classes. Each session builds a unique pattern of 52 basic moves to cultivate core strength, while improving flexibility and stamina. The studio also offers a full schedule of dance-centric workouts, which range from Bollywood-fusion and belly dancing, to hokey pokey workouts performed in full suits of armor.
At Java Joe's, guests sip freshly made coffee drinks and graze baked goods, rummage through a collection of eclectic clothing and merchandise, and tap toes to live tunes. Baristas blend aromatic shots of espresso with frothy milk riddled with chocolaty notes to create a 16- or 20-ounce café mocha ($3.85–$4.25). Utilitarian cups of joe ($1.95 for 16 oz.; $2.25 for 20 oz.) fill mugs for on-the-go sippers and bulk beans ($13.95/lb.) allow customers to bring robust flavors and caffeine-jolts home. Pluck a pastry from a bakery filled with treats, such as scones ($2.45), chocolate-filled croissants ($2.95), and cheesecakes ($3.75) that quench food cravings and hush grumbling tummies like a swallowed Paul Simon 8-track.
Safely spring like a frisky organic farmer in an air-filled emporium of fun with today’s Lil' Groupon. For $20, you’ll get 10 jump sessions at Pump it Up, the inflatable party zone. Opt to split up this $40 value with individual general admissions or corral nine friends for a single, impromptu jumping party.
It's not all about adrenaline at 4Points Expeditions—although the group's backpacking, kayaking, and stand-up-paddleboard excursions are quite thrilling. The team of experienced adventurers here cares as much about safety as it does about the outdoors, which is why it keeps trained EMTs and Wilderness First Responders among its ranks. The team members share their knowledge of CPR and first aid during detailed classes, whose past students have included members of the National Park Service. When they're not doling out lifesaving tips, the guides are leading groups through California's most beautiful natural treasures in Ojai, Ventura, Malibu, and behind the H of the Hollywood sign.