The City of Ventura’s around halfway between the great sprawl of Los Angeles and the smaller, more laid-back Santa Barbara. Modern architecture mixes with Mediterranean-style hotels in Ventura in a throwback to the area’s Colonial Spanish roots. Like many California cities, San Buenaventura (Spanish for “Good Luck Saint”) was founded by the famous Catholic missionary, Father Junipero Serra. Buenaventura-ly, Californians have a love of shortening words, though, so Ventura it is. With one of our great Ventura Packages, you can see it all!
Things to Do in Ventura
With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Santa Clara River on the south, Ventura accommodation is near an abundance of—you guessed it—beaches and water activities. Hang ten at Surfers Point Park, fish off the peer at San Buenaventura State Park, or hit some balls at one of the golf courses that line the river. Ventura is also a great place to rent a boat and point it at the Channel Islands (of California, not France. Start in Lessay for the French ones). There, you can go scuba diving, snorkelling or just boat around like a boss.
For a taste of early life in Ventura, check out Mission San Buenaventura. It’s conveniently located right in downtown (Serra was a civil engineering genius too, apparently). Walk the peaceful grounds and church, and then cross Main Street to visit the Museum of Ventura County. There are also tons of Ventura hotels within walking distance of bars, restaurants and boutique shops on Main Street.
Getting To & Around Ventura
Ready to hit the beaches, entertainment and fun in Ventura? Booking a flight into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will get you just 115 km away. Rent a car (from Wotif, naturally!) and drive, catch a Greyhound bus or jump on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train to go the rest. You can also add Los Angeles accommodation to break up your travel or extend your trip into a tour of greater Southern California. Either way, you can trust Wotif to bring you the best deals and great customer service so you can book your getaway with no worries.