Ventura is a city in Ventura County, a region of California's Central Coast.


Ventura mixes old charm with new modern facilities to blend a rich and wonderful background to living. Ventura, still officially called San Buenaventura, was founded in 1782 by Fray Junipero Serra with the establishment of his mission.

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. Contact the Westside Community Council for current information.

Note the iron bells every few miles on the 101 freeway. They are markers of the Camino Real, the route of Father Serra.

Get in

Ventura is located 68 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: 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's Pacific Surfliner train stops in the center of Ventura multiple times a day on its San Luis Obispo-Los Angeles-San Diego route.

Get around


Museum of Ventura County


Being a beach town, Ventura has developed the downtown beach area into a wonderful promenade that makes its way along the beach, from "Surfer's Point" past the pier all the way down to the southern end of San Buenaventura State Beach. It makes for a nice jog, bike ride, roller-blading path or just a leisurely stroll to watch the sunset.


The Pacific View Mall and surrounding area (located about 3–5 miles southeast of old town Ventura, toward Oxnard) tends to be the shopping hub for the locals while tourists will appreciate the kitsch and variety of Old Town. Still, serious shopaholics are better off in Camarillo at the Camarillo Premium Outlets or in Thousand Oaks at The Oaks.



San Souci is the local dive where young and old alike go.


Go next

As with the route into this fine beach city, there are a number of options when it is time to leave. Southbound Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway are both great options if you are headed south to another destination or to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Northbound Highway 101 will take you up to Santa Barbara and on through San Luis Obispo on the way to San Franciso. To head east, just jump on Highway 126 which winds its way out to the small towns of Santa Paula and Fillmore on the way to Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Routes through Ventura

Santa Barbara Carpinteria  N  S  Oxnard Los Angeles / Long Beach
Coalinga Ojai  N  S  Ends at
Ends at  W  E  Santa Paula Valencia
Ends at  W  E  Simi Valley North Valley
Santa Barbara Carpinteria  N  S  Oxnard Los Angeles

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