Sun, Sand & Waves

Ventura is Southern California’s whispered secret. A real deal surf town with empty beaches that call to surfers, swimmers, kayakers, and beach-lovers who just want to relax. Loll on the sand in the sun or plunge into the ocean and grab some ocean fun yourself. Our beautiful beaches and ocean playground await you.


Kid-Approved Fun

Load up your tiny travelers for family fun. Enjoy a playful day at the beach, cruise the open ocean looking for whales, or pedal boat the serene waters of small, kid-friendly Ventura Harbor. Slurp ice cream and explore Harbor Village (carousel!). Monkey around at our scenic parks and playgrounds. Moments to make lifelong memories.


Get Movin’

Explore Ventura on two feet or two wheels! Stunning hiking and biking trails (and road rides) wind throughout Ventura; trails that suit all abilities, so that anyone (even your pooch) can enjoy breathtaking seascapes or quiet oak glens. Or both. Happy choice.

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Explore the Islands

Resting off Ventura’s coast, the five islands that comprise Channel Islands National Park are a wonderland like no other. Sweeping ocean views, tiny foxes, lifetimes of hiking, sea cave kayaking, and backcountry camping. All of this in one of our country’s least visited national parks.

Family on Santa Cruz Island Ventura California


In Ventura we specialize in seaside breezes and ocean views. Hotel, campground, or RV park; we take pride in walkability to the sand. Plus, every range of stay; from full-service hotels, to budget motels, to, yep, oceanfront camping.


Local Libations

Ventura has experienced a happy explosion of craft breweries and wineries, even a spirits distillery; they have created a liquid symphony, perfectly blended and played on your tongue, courtesy of brewers and vintners who relish the word experiment. They are pouring those delicious tastes all over town.

Rock and Drams Cocktail



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A Whale of a Time

Just off Ventura’s coast, the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a cruising ground for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Wildlife cruises and whale-watching charters offer guests the chance to witness Nature’s magnificence all year long. Never seen the largest animal on the planet? Here’s your chance.

Whale watching Ventura California
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Fun with Fido

There’s no need to explore without your pooch! Ventura is as dog-friendly a town as you’ll find anywhere. We’ve got dog-friendly beaches, restaurants (complete with mutt menus) and hotels. Ventura wants your pal to come along. Because double the fun is more fun.

Girls with dog on the beach

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