3 Fun Days in Ventura

Something for everyone in this itinerary — assuming you like great food, bewitching sunsets, and wide blue island skies…


A tasty light breakfast at Marie Shannon’s Confections. Marie has worked alongside some of the world’s best pastry chefs.

Rent an electric bike at Ventura Bike Depot. Head north up the coast on the bike trail, keeping an eye out for dolphins. The Rincon Bike Trail is consistently voted one of the best coastal bike rides in California.

Enjoy a late lunch at Andria’s Seafood Restaurant at Ventura Harbor. fresh-off-the-boat seafood that, at times, you can see being offloaded on the adjacent dock.

After lunch, stroll the harbor and explore the shops. Walk to the harbor’s northern end and visit the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center. See the exhibits and the movie “A Treasure in the Sea” (narrated by local boy made good, Kevin Costner).

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Before dinner take in the soft sunset colors from high up at the Cross in Grant Park.

Dinner at Cafe Nouveau. A charming California style restaurant situated in a 1920’s Spanish bungalow, their reasonably priced, eclectic menu offers a wide range of choices.

Take your pick of live music in downtown Ventura. Our town’s music scene is bursting with talent — and fun. Ventura Rocks provides an up-to-date listing of what’s happening.


Take a trip to Santa Cruz Island, one of the five wild islands in Channel Islands National Park, and your best chance to see the tiny island fox — found nowhere else in the world. Island Packers boats leave Ventura Harbor in the morning (check the schedule, and book ahead) and return around 4-5pm, depending on how much wildlife they spot in the Santa Barbara Channel!

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After a day in the sun, enjoy a relaxing dinner at Casa de Soria, great Mexican food in a casual atmosphere.


Locals breakfast at Pete’s Breakfast House. You should too.

We’re about the water. Head back to Ventura Harbor. This time explore the harbor on a kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board. You can rent them from Ventura Boat Rentals.

Wander downtown Ventura along Main Street. Possible stops, Latitudes Art Gallery (photographs that are art), Iron & Resin (cool outdoor and surf gear), and Ex Voto chocolates (chocolate that borders on art). There are thrift stores, boutique stores, and locally owned coffee shops with outdoor tables perfect for watching the world go by.

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Keeping it easy, and local, enjoy a fish and shrimp burrito at Spencer Makenzie’s — another local favorite.

Never enough sunsets. Watch this one from the Ventura Pier. It’s not just a structure, it’s a lovely place of solace.

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Image by Michele Evans

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