VENTURA
FOUNDING OF CITY1782
DISTANCE FROM LA65 MILES
DISTANCE FROM SANTA BARBARA39 MILES
Ventura is a classic Californian coastal city that sits between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The city is most known for the beautiful beaches, which are mostly all south-facing. Ventura has a cool laid-back vibe combined with an entrepreneurial excitement. The city is startup-friendly, and many companies are launching in the area. Ventura loves its music. The city has hosted world-famous acts for decades.

Fun Fact – The city’s official name is “City of San Buenaventura”

Another Fun Fact – Clothing line, Patagonia, is based in Ventura.
  • BEACHES

    Ventura has some of the best beaches in the country, as well as some world-class surfing. Surfers Point is located where the Ventura River meets the ocean.

  • HISTORIC DOWNTOWN

    Mission San Buenaventura is a historical area in the middle of downtown Ventura. The mission has a beautiful courtyard, church, and museum.

  • MUSIC AND FILM

    Ventura has a thriving music scene with regular concerts throughout the year. The city also hosts the California Underground Film Festival and the red-carpet Ventura Film Festival.

  • PARKS

    The Ventura people love the outdoors, and the city has made significant investments in creating and maintaining their parks. Many of the best parks are near the coast. Serra Cross is a must-visit as it sits on top of a hill with great views of the city and the coast.

THE WEATHER
  • Ventura is dry and sunny for most of the year. Winter happens to be the one time of year where the area does see some rain. Highs are in the mid-60s.

  • Spring is mild and dry, with highs in the upper 60s.

  • Summer is the peak tourism season as the weather finally reaches the 70s for beach-going. Nearly every day of the summer is sunny and without rain.

  • September and October are great months to visit. Ventura gets a late summer, where October is a warmer month than July.