On the coast of Southern California, you'll find San Buenaventura, or simply Ventura as the locals call it. This colorful city has a historic charm, yet all the modern facilities you'd expect from a contemporary American vacation hotspot.
Ventura offers all the recreational facilities active travelers love, from the breaks of Surfer's Point to the paths around San Buenaventura, popular with rollerbladers and cyclists. Ventura has more independent bookstores than any other city in the county, so don't miss the opportunity to stock your shelves. Thrift stores and upscale boutiques offer more opportunities for retail therapy. The San Buenaventura Mission still performs church services today, and an onsite museum celebrates its history. Olivas Adobe is another relic of the past. Visitors are warned to have their wits about them, as the Rancho era property is thought to be haunted!
Most Ventura hotels are part of national chains, from budget inns to more sophisticated accommodation options. A handful of boutique options separate themselves from the pack with spacious suites and happy hours. You'll find hotels close to the shoreline are typically more expensive than those further from the beach. You get what you pay for in Ventura, with the priciest hotels offering great facilities like swimming pools and hot tubs.
You'll find Ventura on U.S. Route 101, commonly known as Ventura Highway. It lies between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, making access easy for people flying into Los Angeles International Airport. Santa Barbara Airport and Burbank Airport are also options for people flying from selected domestic locations. The Metrolink train helps connect Ventura to Los Angeles and popular destinations in the San Fernando Valley.