A QUIET AND FRIENDLY PLACE OVERLOOKING THE BLUE WATERS OF THE PACIFIC, VENTURA IS WHERE ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S FIRST MISSIONS WAS BUILT.
Founded more than 1,500 years ago as the Chumash village Shisholop, Ventura takes its name from Mission San Buenaventura, a major Main Street attraction founded by Franciscan friars under the Spanish crown in 1872. Ventura became a bustling frontier town following California statehood in 1850.
If you like to observe history up close, Ventura will not disappoint you.
DURING YOUR STAY YOU CAN ENJOY EFFORTLESS ACCESS TO A DIVERSE RANGE OF VENTURA ATTRACTIONS.
We have many coastline activities to offer, including close beach access and experiences. The historic wooden Ventura Pier, originally built in 1872, is one of California’s oldest wooden piers. The pier features a promenade showcasing walkers, joggers, cyclists and plenty of space to stroll. View the magnificent Pacific Ocean and rent surrey bicycles, paddleboards, kayaks, surfboards and cabanas, or stroll with your friends and enjoy an ocean side snack! Watch the locals catch a wave early in the morning at Surfer’s Point.
MARY OSBORNE SURF CAMP AND RETREATS
VENTURA MAKOS SURF CAMPS
A PITURESQUE MARINA IS VENTURA'S GATEWAY TO THE POPULAR CHANNEL ISLANDS, A DESTINATION OF YACHTSMEN, FISHERMAN AN SIGHTSEERS FOR DECADES.
The unspoiled marine sanctuary where whales pass by on their annual migrations, the Channel Islands are among the finest of California’s natural wonders. The near 250,000 acre national park includes Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara islands.
SAIL CHANNEL ISLANDS
When the graceful gray whale makes its annual migration from Mexico’s warm waters to the Arctic seas, Ventura is one of the best locations for whale watching in the country. Whale watching tours leave daily during the peak season to head out to sea in hopes of running into a migrating pod.
ISLAND PACKER CRUISES
VENTURA HAS MAINTAINED ITS REPUTATION FOR BEAUTY AND A GREAT CLIMATE.
Owners and Guests of Harbortown Point Marina Resort & Club will benefit from this richly deserved reputation plus enjoy dining at excellent restaurants, browsing in the boutiques of Main Street, experiencing the convenience of local and regional shopping malls strolling along the tides, or spending an adventurous night on the town. Downtown Ventura is always full of activity, including several street fairs throughout the year, farmer’s markets, guided Ghost Walks, along with art walks with open galleries and live entertainment.