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Showing off California’s natural beauty with miles of unspoiled coastline, Ventura is a place for spectacular outdoor adventures. The pretty harbor town has views of the open ocean in one direction and the rolling Los Padres Mountains in the other. Ventura town is a creative hub, with art galleries, historic homes, and independent boutiques waiting to be perused. The lure of the mountains and sea, meanwhile, will provide endless opportunities for healthy, wholesome escapades over the hills and far away.

Things to see

Wander the sun-drenched streets of the quaint Ventura Harbor Village, where you can browse bohemian boutiques, which sell the casual beachwear and artistic items so beloved of Californians. There are also tour operators to help you book trips around the area. Nature-lovers should take a boat trip to the Channel Islands, just off the coast. These sea-sculpted, craggy islands are home to a huge diversity of plant and animal life, including sea lions and even dolphins. It’s an ideal spot for diving and snorkeling to see the varied marine life. If you’d rather stay on dry land, head out into the Los Padres National Park, where you can hike or bike along trails, stopping at waterfalls and peaks, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the mountains and ocean beyond. This area is also part of California’s best wine-growing region, so take a self-guided tour and enjoy a tasting.

Hotels in Ventura

Ventura has a strong selection of mid-range hotels, including familiar-name hotel chains as well as independent guesthouses. This means that there’s a good chance of finding a great hotel deal. Amenities generally include fitness centers, swimming pools, and free WiFi; some Ventura hotels also offer a complimentary breakfast. Rooms vary from comfortable but functional to the latest on-trend design. If top-end luxury is more your style, you’ll find it at one of several top-notch resorts, with full spas, 24-hour, haute-cuisine room service, and spectacular ocean views. Some cheap hotels are available if you are willing to compromise on style and location.

Where to stay

Downtown Ventura is the best location for shopping, dining, and nightlife, as well as offering convenient access to Ventura Harbor and surrounding areas. Hotels here are generally mid-range, offering comfort and convenience. Ventura hHarbor, just south of downtown, offers easy access to the ocean-based activities, as well as shops and restaurants of its own. Hotels here tend to offer good value for money and are of a similar quality to downtown. For top-end luxury, you’ll need to escape to a secluded resort several miles away; but they offer unrivalled leisure facilities, as well as providing excursions to the main destinations.

How to get to Ventura

Los Angeles International Airport is just 1 hour south of Ventura, making it a convenient option for visitors from all over the world. Amtrak and Metrolink trains run frequently between the airport and downtown Ventura, offering an easy and economical option to reach the city. Bus shuttle services are also available; these generally need to be booked in advance. An alternative option is to hire a car – lots of hotels offer parking, and there is lots of free parking within the city. Having a car is a good idea if you plan to go on self-guided tours of the region.