VenturaVentura County, a region of California's Central Coast.
Along Main Street you will find fabulous food, excellent shopping from amazing thrift stores to upscale boutiques, a movie theater, coffee shops, and other attractions.
Turn the corner at Main Street and head up Ventura Avenue and you are on the Westside. The Westside is an up-and-coming area of Ventura with a rich cultural history.
Note the iron bells every few miles on the 101 freeway. They are markers of the Camino Real, the route of Father Serra.
Ventura is located 68 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Highway 101. Nearby Oxnard sports both a cruise ship port and an airport with connecting flights to LAX. Santa Barbara Airport can be a good alternative to LAX or Oxnard with flights to LAX, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix as well as other destinations and it is only about 10–15 minutes away down the breath-taking 101. Camarillo Airport is a dominant general aviation hub, though Oxnard and Santa Barbara take their share as well.
Amtrak serves the city with it's Pacific Surfliner, the train stops at in downtown Ventura multiple times a day on its San Luis Obispo-Los Angeles-San Diego route. Additionally, Metrolink has a commuter service from Los Angeles to , located in the Montalvo neighbourhood.
phone: +1 805-487-4222This bus system provides impressive transportation coverage across the city of Ventura as well as the neighboring cities of Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
phone: +1 805 643-4318address: 211 E. Main StFounded in 1782, it was the ninth and last California mission established by Father Serra. Church services, funerals, and weddings are still performed at the mission today. It was one of the most successfully irrigated of the missions, leading to plentiful orchards and vineyards. An original well stands in the back of the church, and a school for children is attached to the side. The Old Mission welcomes visitors daily from sunrise until sunset.
address: 100 E. Main St.Collections include Chumash and other native American artefacts. $4.
address: 432 N. Ventura AveCreated out of a historic mattress factory showroom in the Westside of Ventura. There are free children's programs that enhance young lives through the arts and provide a cultural revitalization of the Westside. There are also many talented resident artists in studios creating beautiful paintings, jewelry, sculptures, weavings, photographs and ceramics.
phone: +1 805 643-1848address: 777 N. Olive StFormerly named LA Hot Glass, Artists John Gerletti and Suzi Perret have a unique studio open to the public featuring their handblown art glass. Pop in during the afternoons and you might catch them in the act of blowing glass. Individual pieces are showcased for sale with prices ranging from $50 to $400.
phone: +1 805 658-4728address: Olivas Adobe Historical Parkmore info 4200 Olivas Park DrA 160-year-old adobe-style house with historical ties. The Adobe is rumored to be haunted. Tours are available.
Ventura City Hallphone: +1 805 654-7800address: 501 Poli Street #109Ventura's striking neoclassical city hall building overlooks Main street and an array of boutique shops, just blocks from the beach.
SurfingYou can visit spitcast to get the latest surf forecast.
phone: +1 805 667-2900address: 1006 E. Main StThe only regional professional live theatre in Ventura County. Rubicon Theatre Company in its ten year history has been the host to many stars of screen and stage including Susan Clark, Jack Lemmon, Ted Neeley, John Ritter, Linda Purl, Bruce Weitz, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
- International Book City - in mid 2006, Ventura declared itself an International Book City. The city is home to more independent bookstores than any other city in Ventura County; two publishing houses; and Perry Mason, the famous fictional lawyer created in the 1930s by writer Erle Stanley Gardner, who lived and worked here.
phone: +1 805 648-2715address: 651 E. Main St.The E.P. Foster library has 24 public computers and features an extensive collection of "how to" art books. Ventura is also an art community and the library hosts permanent and rotating art collections by local artists. Families will enjoy visiting the second floor which is being transformed into a Children and Teen library.
- Ventura has a hidden gem in the music/alternative mecca known as Salzer's which is on Victoria near Oxnard and Montalvo. The store is split into two factions: Music and Video which oddly enough are located in separate buildings on either side of Victoria.
- Heirloom Antiques (On Main St) - Offers an extensive collection of imported European antique furniture. Some really unusual pieces can be found at great prices. The owners are super nice, not too knowledgeable on history/antiques, but they have a great appreciation of beautiful woodwork. The owner personally goes to Europe and buys the pieces at auction. Some stunning antique church furniture can usually be found there, which the legality is a little questionable since many European countries explicitly forbid the sale/exportation of church furniture (which is commonplace knowledge in Europe but unknown in America).
- Thrift Stores! Main street (near California street intersection) has a great selection of thrift and antique stores. Many really great finds can be found if you are willing to look through some junk.
Rubicon Theatre Companyphone: +1 805-667-2900address: 1006 E. Main St.One of the best theaters on the west coast. For over ten years, The Rubicon Theatre Company has enriched the city of Ventura with world-class performances as well as community enrichment. Truly, one of the most amazing experiences you will have while in California.
Winchesters Bar and GrillAt the other end of old town. They have a large beer selection, and fabulous food! Quite a pickup joint, second only to Table 13.
Busy Bee CafeThis campy 1950s style diner on Main has become a Ventura landmark. Pop in for a root beer float, raspberry-lime rickey, hot fudge sundae or one of many classic American food favorites.
Johnny'sOn the Westside, at 176 N. Ventura Ave., just around the corner from Main Street. A Mexican food institution in Ventura. Try their famous shredded beef burritos prepared "three way"—meaning with beans, rice, and cheese!
phone: +1 805-339-9600address: 4960 Telephone RdGood quality, fresh Mexican food.
phone: +1 805-643-5550address: 1127 S Seaward AveSmall restaurant near the beach that serves up very fresh, tasty sushi.
Tony's PizzaThis is the best little pizza shack in town. It's perfect after surfing or hanging out at the beach. Also, the guy there will talk to you like he's known you for years. The pizza is thin crust style, and is very good.
Toppers PizzaThe best local pizza restaurant in town. Great for the family. Voted the best pizza two years consecutively by Ventura County Readers Poll. Big televisions and great salad bar.
Taj Cafephone: +1 805 652-1521address: 574 E Main StOne of the best Indian restaurants in Ventura. Dinner will set you back about 20 dollars a person.
phone: +1 805 648-5870address: 607 E Main St # EVentura's best Fine chocolate shop. Delicious loose and boxed truffles and other chocolates are priced by weight.
San Souci is the local dive where young and old alike go.
The Tavern, which serves both food and drinks, is a great low-key hangout with different kinds of music and fun specialty drinks.
The local gay bar has the unlikely name of Paddy's, so don't be fooled into thinking it's an Irish pub. Friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices.
phone: +1 805 648-3101address: 708 E Thompson Blvd
phone: +1 805 648-7731address: 450 E Harbor BlvdSits right on the beach, towering above old town. It's a fabulous view of both Ventura's city charm, and her beautiful ocean shores
phone: +1 805 643-5100address: 2145 East Harbor Blvd
phone: +1 805 650-0080address: 3075 Johnson Dr
phone: +1 805 648-5371address: 756 E Thompson BlvdLocated in downtown Ventura, walk to the beach and Ventura Pier.
phone: +1 805 643-6000address: 2055 Harbor Blvd
phone: +1 805 648-5371address: 756 E. Thompson Blvd.
- Ojai - Located inland 22 miles from Ventura, Ojai is a popular weekend getaway for Southern California residents, offering wine tasting, art galleries, hiking, horseback riding, spas, and a rustic environment for those looking to escape the big cities.
- Santa Paula - 12 miles northeast of Ventura, Santa Paula advertises itself as the "Citrus Capital of the World" and was an early center of California's petroleum industry. It is home to the California Oil Museum, housed in the historic Union Oil Buliding.
- Carpinteria - This small oceanside town is located 23 miles northwest of Ventura and offers a salt marsh preserve, tide pools, and a seal and sea lion rookery that is active from December through May. During the first weekend in October Carpinteria plays host to nearly 100,000 visitors at its annual avocado festival, which features the world's largest vat of guacamole.
- Channel Islands National Park - The Ventura harbor is the departure point for most excursions to the Channel Islands National Park, a series of islands that are home to incredible marine life, beautiful and remote scenery, and the wily Channel Islands fox.