Discover a place that embodies a casual soul and a vibrancy of life. A place where coastal pleasures are plentiful and something exciting and unexpected is always on the horizon.
When early Spanish settlers arrived in Ventura, California they dubbed it the “Land of Endless Summer” for its year-round mediterranean climate and sunshine. Many years later this moniker is as relevant as ever, not only for the pleasantness of the weather, but also for the laid-back essence woven into Ventura’s very being.
Here, each day encapsulates the stress-free taste of California you’ve always dreamed of. Day or night, the town bursts with indigenous offerings — art, music, rich food trends, ecological wonders, colourful diversity and a captivating past.
Neighbourhoods brim with untold stories and treasures. The South Seaward beckons with its pristine beaches and picturesque coastal homes, the College Area tempts with its vibrant art scene, and the West Side, with its sorted history, entices with endless eclectic curiosities. Downtown you can lose yourself in a busy arts calendar filled with music, theatre, dance, art exhibits, festivals, and crafts shows. The culinary arts are also a much-loved part of this charming seaside town. A short wander along the
downtown streets and you’ll come across many wine bars, breweries, and down to earth restaurants where you can sample fresh farm-to-table fare.
Hop on the free open-air trolley downtown and catch a ride to the Ventura Harbor Village. Offering year-round seaside fun and entertainment, there’s something for everyone in the Harbor Village. Savour fresh seafood and fantastic Happy Hour menus while watching the tall ships sail by. More fun can be had while shopping the Village boutiques, exploring the coast on pedal boats or kayaks, and visiting the Village carousel and arcade.
Ventura’s natural setting provides many recreational opportunities the whole family will love. Ventura’s miles of untouched beaches are ideal for leisurely strolls, boogie boarding and lounging, not to mention some of the best surfing in the world. In fact, Ventura is home to the world-famous C-Street surfing contest and the “Father of the Modern Longboard” himself, Steve Walden.
More open-air adventure can be found on Channel Islands National park — just 14 miles out to sea. Comprising of five of the eight Channel Islands off the Southern coast of California, you’ll find excellent hiking, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving here. Take a boat ride and catch glimpses of surfing dolphins and spouting whales, hit the greens on some of the best municipal courses in the nation, or journey along Ventura’s County Wine Trail for a true taste of the California’s Central Coast.
Discover a refreshing escape from the everyday.
Find out more at ventura-usa.com.