SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

February 03, 2012 14:41 ET

Whale Watchers Drawn to Strawberry Coast and Hotels Near Channel Islands

Pacific Gray Whale Migration Brings Excitement to Santa Barbara Channel

OXNARD, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 3, 2012) - Nautical adventures along California's Strawberry Coast include popular whale watching tours where up to 28 species of whales and dolphins have been identified in the deep blue waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Whale watching is particularly popular through mid-April as Pacific Gray whales undertake their annual migration.

When included in vacation packages at stylish Ventura, CA hotels, these popular tours within the waters of Santa Barbara Channel and National Marine Sanctuary are ideal for creating a southern California escape along the popular Pacific Coast Highway 101, which is dotted with attractions and leads travelers to some of the premier hotels near Channel Islands Harbor.

Combining premium lodging and a well-timed whale watching cruise, the Courtyard Oxnard Ventura is making it easy to witness the annual migration and other wildlife. Now through April 4, 2012, this sophisticated choice among hotels near Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, is offering an affordable Whale Watching package that includes two adult tickets for an Island Packers Cruise, breakfast for two and hotel accommodations in either a King or double Queen room at rates starting as low as $255*.

Usually lasting three hours, the cruises to view migrating Gray Whales depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., easily accommodating travelers and their vacation schedule. From the Courtyard, guests have plenty of time to enjoy a hearty full American breakfast buffet before departing on the morning cruise from Ventura Harbor, located just a few minutes from the hotel. Accommodations for the Whale Watching package may be easily booked online at or by calling 1-800-228-9290.

Offering a variety of well-appointed guest rooms and hotel suites, the Courtyard sets the standard for comfort and affordability among hotels in Ventura, CA featuring rooms with patios, balconies and easy access to area beaches. Pillow top mattresses with cotton-rich linens allow for a restful night's sleep and room amenities include room service, mini-refrigerator, microwave, a spacious desk and oversized chair. In-room entertainment includes cable/satellite service over a 32-inch flat screen TV and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Guests also enjoy complimentary access to the hotel's outdoor pool, whirlpool and on-site fitness center.

*Rates are per room per night and valid through 4/4/12 based on availability at the time of reservation. Offer not valid for groups of 10 or more rooms and may not be combined with any other discount or promotion. Please visit hotel website for complete terms and conditions.

About the Courtyard Oxnard Ventura

As one of the most convenient hotels near Oxnard Airport, the Courtyard Oxnard Ventura hotel is located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and offers a host of amenities and fabulous accommodations just minutes from some of the area's most popular sightseeing attractions, golf courses, outlet malls, fine dining, entertainment venues and water sport destinations. The hotel's well-kept facilities also include more than 10,000 square feet of flexible event space, complete with state-of-the-art audiovisual services, dedicated event managers and full-service catering options, ideal whether planning a corporate board meeting for 10 or a professional trade gathering for 500.

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    Katie Green
    Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard/Ventura
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