Ask a Ventura Local

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by Visit Ventura
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Six Venturans tell us the best parts of town and what every visitor should do.

Nicole Fisher

Owner, The Cave Restaurant & Ventura Wine Company

“Ventura has a great small-town community vibe yet attracts many tourists and folks from the greater Los Angeles area (and beyond).”

Every visitor must…

“visit the Pier and the fun playground adjacent to it that’s perfect for families. The beach is also a must-visit — it’s so great to find parking, open space, and beautiful coastline all at once.”

ventura pier morning

Alex Hong

Owner, Coastal Cone Ice Cream & Burger Shop

“Ventura is an all-in-one-experience with tons of local flavor — from the water to the surrounding mountains to shopping Downtown.”

Every visitor must…

“visit Ventura Harbor to dine at Andria’s and grab a fish waffle ice cream cone. During the day, book a whale-watching adventure with Island Packers. Later, enjoy the nightlife and music in Downtown Ventura.”

ventura harbor village alez hong fish shaped waffle cone

Yolanda Bundy

Ventura County Resident

“Do it all in Ventura. We have beautiful natural resources, innovative restaurants, and cultural opportunities right at our doorstep.”

Every visitor must…

“visit the Rubicon Theatre to see high-quality live theatre productions, plays, and readings. It’s housed in a former church, and the beautiful building makes it feel special to see a play in this venue.”

rubicon theatre ventura

Bill “Blinky” Hubina

Ventura Surf Shop Board Shaper

“Ventura has a small-town feeling and great weather. We have a lot of coastline for all kinds of activities, from beachcombing to surfing.”

Every visitor must…

Surf! A stroll down the historic Ventura Pier is also a must-see, followed by a walk on the promenade at C-Street. Then, take a drive along our coastline. Our beaches are the best part of Ventura.”

ventura coastline beaches Volkswagen bus

Stephanie Hogue

Co-Owner, Latitudes Fine Art Gallery

“The best part of Ventura is its natural beauty and wonderful people with an authentic beach community vibe.”

Every visitor must…

“hike at the Ventura Botanical Garden. Then, we have so many great one-of-a-kind boutiques in Downtown Ventura: Kariella, Tiki Girl, Copperfields, B on Main, Paradise Pantry, and of course Latitudes, just to name a few.”

Gerardo Gallegos

Founder, the Taco District, 15 Mexican Restaurants

“There is no one group or thing that defines us. Collectively, diversely, we all make Ventura what it is — beautiful.”

Every visitor must…

“go to First Fridays Ventura when art studios open their doors to the public. Take your kids to our award-winning Kellogg Park. And, of course, request a Taco Tour along Ventura Avenue! ”

ventura avenue taco district

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