Experience Ventura’s Casual Soul & Unexpected Allure

Start your vacation before arriving at your destination. From San Diego to San Luis Obispo, hop aboard Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner for a beautiful, hassle-free ride to Ventura. Picture getting off the train surrounded by palm trees, a block from the beach and three blocks from Main Street in Ventura’s historic downtown. Take the free Downtown Harbor Trolley connecting you to all major hotels and then take your pick of fun things to see and do, all within walking distance. Visit San Buenaventura Mission and Gardens; stroll down the pier — the perfect place for classic Baja-style fish tacos, $2 beers, and sunsets over the Pacific; or shuck your own oysters at BYOB beaches when you visit The Jolly Oyster.

Then head to Ventura Harbor to embark on a trip to North America’s Galapagos: Channel Islands National Park & Marine Sanctuary. With over 150 endemic species that exist nowhere else in the world and cliffside views of the surrounding waters, these islands will bring the adventurer out in you. Kayak, snorkel, or dive through the islands’ majestic kelp forests. Explore sea caves and tunnels alongside playful sea lions. With every footstep, embrace a part of living history and discover why Sunset Magazine named this park the best place to escape reality, and USA Today’s 10 Best named it the 6th best place in the USA to see aquatic life. VisitVenturaCA.com

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