Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m moving to the area – Where can I get a relocation packet?

A: To purchase a relocation packet, contact the Ventura Chamber of Commerce at 805-676-7500.

Q: Does the Visitors Center have an #800 telephone number?

A: Yes, 800-333-2989. You can reach us directly (Pacific Time) Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm. After these hours you can leave a voicemail message.

Q: When is the Visitors Center open & how do I get there?

A: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. Winter Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. We are located at 101 S. California St., (at the corner of Santa Clara St.). From the #101 Freeway North, exit California St., turn right, stay in the middle lane, and drive to the second traffic light. The Visitors Center is on the left side of the street. From the #101 Freeway South, exit Seaward Ave., turn right, turn right onto California St., stay in the middle lane, and drive to the second traffic light. The Visitors Center is on the left side of the street.

Q: How do I take a trip out to the Channel Islands National Park?

A: Located off the coast of Ventura, the islands can be accessed through Island Packers Cruises - 805-642-1393.

Q: How far is Los Angeles from Ventura?

A: Los Angeles is located 1 hour south of Ventura - about 60 miles away.

Q: When Do Whale Watching trips take place in Ventura?

A: Dec. 26th - March 31st - Pacific Gray Whales pass through the channel off the coast of Ventura. From late June to late August, the Blue & Humpback Whales feed offshore the islands. For all Whale Watching trips contact Island Packers Cruises (listed above.)

Q: Does Ventura have lots of family activities?

A: Yes, Ventura has many fun family things to do including: safe and uncrowded beaches, biking, kayaking, miniature golf, harbor cruises, museums, a carousel, surfing, skate parks, tide pools, peddle boats, Channel Islands cruises, hiking, Ventura Harbor Village weekend events, & special events throughout the year.

Q: How can I get lodging information for Ventura?

A: We have a list of hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast inns here on our website. Also, we have a detailed listing in our Ventura Visitors Guide. If you need more help, please contact the Visitors Center directly.

Q: What kinds of activities are at the Ventura Harbor?

A: The Ventura Harbor offers many fun things to do including: Harbor cruises, shopping, casual & fine dining, weekly fishermen's market, boat rentals, diving trips, walking paths, Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center, Island Packers cruises, weekend concerts, and special events throughout the year.

Q: From Ventura, how can I get to Highway 1 (Coastal Scenic Route to Malibu)?

A: Stop by the Ventura Visitors Center for a free map and sites to see along the way!

Q: How can I get camping information on the Ventura area?

A: Our website has listings, and the Visitors Guide has a listing as well. If you need more help, you can call the Visitors Center with specific questions, and we can also fax you a detailed list.

Q: When does the Monarch Butterfly season begin in Ventura?

A: The Monarch butterflies usually begin to arrive in October, and can stay through February. A popular site to see them is at Camino Real Park, located on Dean Dr. off of Mills Rd. (near the Pacific View Mall.) The yearly migration can differ greatly in numbers depending upon the weather and climate. The best time to see them clustered in the eucalyptus trees is in the morning, before it gets too warm.

Q: Where can I get weather / climate information on Ventura?

A: Please refer to our website weather section when planning your visit!

Q: Where can I take surfing lessons in Ventura?

A: 805-200-8674, 805-648-2662 805-648-4742 Ventura Surf School: 805-649-3710

Q: Does Ventura offer any local historical tours?

A: The Visitors Center produces a self-guided historical walking map of Downtown Ventura. Stop by the Visitors Center to receive a copy at 101 S. California St. (corner of Santa Clara St.) Additionally, the City of Ventura offers a variety of tours throughout the year, usually on Saturdays and weekends. Please refer to our website calendar of events or call the Visitors Center to receive the current listing.

Q: How can I find out about any Special Events happening during my visit?

A: Please refer to the website's year-long Calendar of Events. Also, you can call the Visitors Center the week you are coming for a current update.

Q: I have seen Ventura referred to as San Buenaventura. Which is correct?

A: San Buenaventura means "city of good fortune" in Spanish. The name is taken from the Spanish mission that was built here in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra. Now generally referred to as Ventura, the city is indeed rich in natural, cultural, architectural and historical treasures. From rugged, transverse range mountains and fertile valleys to a magnificent coastline with offshore islands, Ventura is the backyard paradise to more than 100,000 residents.

Q: What is Ventura’s history?

A: Many cultures have inhabited the land where Ventura is now located. The earliest were the Chumash Indians. Archaeologists have discovered that even earlier cultures date back as far as 10,000 years. In 1782, Father Junipero Serra founded the San Buenaventura Mission where the Chumash established a regimented life, learning new skills and developing agriculture. Due to diseases and a lack of funds, mission life declined. In 1866, the City of San Buenaventura officially became part of Santa Barbara County. The majority of residents were of Spanish, Mexican and Indian origin. In 1873, Ventura County was formed and San Buenaventura became a city within the new county. Ventura thrives today as a classic California beach town filled with interesting restaurants and an eclectic mix of stores, boutiques and open-air coffeehouses. Its beachfront hotels, offshore islands and cool climate make Ventura an ideal vacation getaway.

Q: What is the population of Ventura?

A: 104,000

Q: What is Venturas climate like?

A: A Mediterranean climate with ideal weather in the fall and winter months, and cool and dry temperatures during the summer season. The average temperature is 70.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

Q: What is the total number of hotel rooms available in Ventura?

A: 2,150 rooms are available

Q: What major industries are supported in Ventura?

A: Tourism, agriculture and oil

Q: Where is Ventura?

A: Ventura is 62 miles north of Los Angeles, 27 miles south of Santa Barbara and 364 miles south of San Francisco. Water defines Ventura geographically, with the Ventura River forming the town's northern boundary, the Santa Clara River at its southern edge and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Q: How can obtain visitor’s information?


  • Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • 101 S South California Street
  • Ventura, CA 93001
  • 805-648-2075, 800-333-2989
  • Fax: 805-648-2150
  • web site:

Q: How can get to Ventura?


  1. Air: Ventura County Airport in Oxnard offers United Express. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Burbank airports are approximately a one-and-one-half hours drive from Ventura. Santa Barbara airport is about 45 minutes from Ventura.
  2. Ground: Greyhound, Great American Stagelines, Ventura County Airporter & Shuttle and Roadrunner Shuttle.
  3. Rail: Amtrak, 12 passenger trains daily.