Posted: Wednesday, Dec 28th, 2016

By Visit Ventura

New Year Resolutions Happen in Ventura

by Debbie Cvijanovich featured image by Josiah Roe

2020 is upon us— time for a fresh start and new beginnings! When the clock strikes midnight, many of us commit to new goals (resolutions) ranging from breaking undesirable habits to creating appealing ones. Making resolutions is pretty darn easy. Sticking to them, however, not quite a cinch. Our seaside town of Ventura, thriving with a broad variety of opportunities, makes it possible for your goals to happen! Have you made yours? Here’s a list of the most popular.

Save more, spend less

Stick to a budget. Ventura is well known for its plentiful thrift stores, Not just for saving money, they are ideal for digging up cool, unique treasures and coveted vintage finds. Opt to pack a lunch and enjoy it al fresco on a picnic table at Grant Park overlooking our town or oceanside. Save gas by riding your bike on our scenic coastal path.
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Adopt a healthy lifestyle

Eat healthy

Visit the weekly farmers’ market, loading up on organic and fresh produce grown locally. Hone your cooking skills by shopping at Spicetopia where exotic spices are guaranteed to inspire. Take the Ventura Food Tour and learn about the bounty our county has to offer. Opt to dine at healthy eateries such as Nature’s Grill, Pokeland, Lassen’s deli, and Urbane Cafe.

Less stress

Meditation and contemplation come easy in our soulful environment. Join Ventura Pop-Up Yoga. Let your cares melt away with the soothing effects of the ocean or hiking our hillsides (Ventura Botanical Gardens, Arroyo Verde Park, the beachfront Promenade).
Embrace Ventura’s “laid back casual attitude”.


Join a gym. Get outdoors and move more. Pedal. Walk. Run. Get a monthly pass and lap swim at Kimball Aquatic Center.

Get active

Rent a kayak at the Ventura Harbor. Join a running or cycling club. Surf our world-class waves. Rent a tandem bike by the Pier. Simply take a long beach walk. farmers market ventura

Learn something new

Be curious; learning is one of the best ways to slow aging. Ventura offers many options to exercise the noggin while having fun.

Take a class

Check out offerings at Ventura College, in the seasonal City of Ventura Parks & Recreation guide, and at the Adult Center. Learn a new language. Paint. Dance. The world is your oyster.

Try a new hobby

Learn to play golf, tennis, paddleboard, surf, scuba, play guitar, etc.
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Reconnect with your mate

Strengthen the relationship by rekindling the romance. Take advantage of Ventura’s spectacular sunsets together. Get outdoors. Laugh and play more at these cool date spots: Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, Improv, Discovery bowling. Plan a standing date night: visit local wineries/breweries, see a movie and enjoy our eclectic music culture at a nightclub. ventura night life

Live life to the fullest!!

The most popular of all resolutions…Make the most of EVERY moment. Live in the present. Have an optimistic attitude. Make it count. Don’t put it off…do it now! Making memories and enjoying the beauty of life comes easy in sunny Ventura. Our charming town showcases nature’s best gifts and outdoor fun…Every. Single. Day.

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