Located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Ventura County is one of the most desirable vacation destinations in America. The Mediterranean climate makes this area a year-round destination with an average daily temperature of 70 degrees and little or no humidity. While summer is naturally a popular time to visit, fall is also a great time of year with its clear, sunny weather and lack of big crowds.
This laid-back Southern California county has it all, from mountains and beaches to rivers and valleys. The beauty of vacationing in Ventura rests in the fact that it draws a variety of personalities and interests. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the beautiful beaches, scenic mountains, surfing, sailing, golfing, hiking, biking, and more. For those who want to wine and dine, downtown Ventura is compact, walkable, and filled with one-of-a-kind boutiques.
A wooden structure built in 1872 stretching 1.700 feet over the ocean, the Ventura Pier is a fisherman's paradise. From one of its many benches, visitors enjoy sunsets and panoramic views of the waves, coastline, and the Channel Islands. A sand playground at its base and the San Buenaventura State Beach on each side enlarge its range of activities. Here you can park once to swim, entertain the kids, fish, and fill your spirit with glorious views.
In the steep foothills above the city of Ventura lays the Ventura Botanical Gardens, a 170-acre green space. Its mile-long Demonstration Trail takes you past many of its 160 plant species, most from the five Mediterranean climates. Its Eucalyptus Forest is especially fragrant and contains seven species. Like the pier, the gardens offer spectacular views of the ocean, islands, and mountains, as well as of the city of Ventura.
Explore the original buildings, foundations of original structures, archeological finds, and historical artifacts dating back to when the mission was founded in 1782 in downtown Ventura. A walking tour map, explanatory signs, and old photographs and drawings aid in envisioning the mission as it was and how it evolved through the centuries.
The free Downtown Harbor Trolley makes getting around the city and harbor a breeze. For those who want to get away from it all, Meditation Mount and its International Garden of Peace offers a quiet and beautiful vacation from your vacation.