Ventura serves as the hub to explore the Southern California Coast & the Channel Islands. Nearby attractions include whale watching, fishing, surfing, kayaking, Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Polo Grounds.
Located midway between Santa Barbara & Malibu. From the Ventura Mission to the historic Ventura Beach pier, the town has the vibe of the classic Southern California surfing community. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy nearly year round whale watching, kayaking through the majestic sea caves in the Channel Islands, fishing, & even taking surfing lessons on the beach in front of the hotel. Savor the Central Coast wineries & the nearby microbrews, & enjoy the many outdoor cafes, wine tasting rooms, fine dining & vibrant nightlife, all within a few steps of the hotel. The hotel offers 4-passenger surreys & bikes to tour the 8 mile boardwalk along the ocean where you can ride through San Buenaventura State Beach to savor succulent oysters & clam barbecues on the beach. With year-round temperatures averaging 70 degrees & over 250 sunny days a year.
If your looking for wave look no further than just outside our hotel but if you are staying for a few days you might want to give some of our other local beaches a try. Emma Wood, the northernmost surfing break in Ventura County, is a favorite among all types of surfers, from beginners to advanced. Rincon, located at Bates Road north of Carpinteria, is a world-famous surf break because of its long, right-breaking wave that can get very hollow. Bring your camera for this one. There are beach breaks all along the coast from Mussel Shoals to Port Hueneme for surfers, but experienced surfers know about Surfer’s Point and Rincon on the Ventura County line just south of Point Mugu and north of Malibu, at the edge of Los Angeles county. This big-wave area is an exciting place to surf or see thrilling rides by some of Southern California’s best.
Here is a list of more Southern California Beaches not much further than an hours drive from our hotel. Hangout on the picturesque beaches of the stars in Malibu or Escape to the secluded beaches of Santa Barbara all while being able to get back in time to surf high tide in Ventura County.
Carpinteria State Beach
Emma Wand State Beach
Leo Carrillo State Beach
McGrath State Beach
Pt. Mugu Beach
San Buenaventura State Beach
Thornhill Bloome State Beach
Ventura River Group Camp
Will Rogers State Beach
Nightlife of Ventura’s Downtown District resides on California Street leading away from our hotel inland until it meets Main Street and many more bars line the street in both directions. Whether your trying a new beer from Barrelhouse 101′s 101 beer taps, looking for a good burger and some music at Bombay or a refined evening at Watermark overlooking main street while you take in the night, Ventura has a bit for everyone. Even start out your night at our Aqua Beachfront Bar and relax and the sunsets before beginning your adventure through Downtown Ventura.
Entertainment abounds in Ventura County, from large theaters to smaller, more intimate sites offering everything from professional international entertainers to community theater groups, as well as bands and orchestras.
The Majestic Ventura Theater and Ventura College Theater present a variety of plays, musicals, concerts and programs for residents of Ventura. The Rubicon Theatre Company, which performs in an intimate 200-seat theater on Ventura’s Main Street, has staged productions featuring some very familiar names from the world of film, including the late Jack Lemmon, Stacy Keach, Ed Asner, David Bimey, Stephanie Zimbalist and Linda Purl. Performing arts also abound in Oxnard, which is home to the Channel Islands Symphony Orchestra and the New West Orchestra. The Performing Arts Center hosts an array of international entertainers, and the Elite Theatre at Petit Playhouse in Heritage Square presents a variety of performances. Renowned for its emphasis on culture, Ojai is home to several outstanding theaters: Ojai Center for the Arts Theater, Libbey Bowl, and Theater 150. A world class concert series is held annually in the Libbey Bowl, featuring such musical groups as the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is a 22-acre complex that includes the Thousand Oaks City Hall, the 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts, the 400-seat Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, community meeting rooms and a five-acre park. In nearby Camarillo(About a 15 minute drive), the Camarillo Community Theater and Marquie Dinner Theater present live performances of musicals and dramas, and the Performing Arts Pavilion at Constitution Park next to City Hall provides a pleasant outdoor setting for concerts usually these occur during the later summer months.
Art Galleries / Museums
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is home to Ventura’s Largest independent art gallery. It features local and regional artists from the Central Coast and Southern California. Including Artists from Los Angeles County and Santa Barbara County as well as local artists from Ventura County. As it is constantly being updated with new art and most is available for purchase so you can support local art.
For indoor visual entertainment, a multitude of museums in Ventura County offer a large selection for a variety of artistic tastes. But one museum stands out from the crowd for enlightenment, culture and history—the Ventura County Museum of History and Art. Now in its 85th year, the museum is Ventura County’s “flagship museum.” Exhibits include an award-winning interpretation of the county’s history—”Ventura County and the New West,” changing art and history displays, George Stuart’s historical figures, and a collection of horse-drawn agricultural implements. The home of the Ventura Historical Society, it also houses a large research library and store. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art, 100 East Main St., Ventura. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fishing opportunities are practically unlimited, from saltwater fishing out of six landings in Ventura and Oxnard to freshwater angling in inland lakes. For ocean fishing, all types of excursions can be planned to Ventura coastal waters and the Channel Islands. Lake Casitas offers some of the best freshwater fishing in Southern California, and Lake Piru is stocked annually with 40,000 pounds of rainbow trout.
Lake Castaic, a large lake near Highway 5 just outside Ventura County offers topnotch bass fishing.
Lake Casitas, located in Ojai off Highway 33, features some of the top bass fishing in Southern California. You may also find trout and catfish on your line.
Lake Piru, off Highway 126 in Piru, promises bass, catfish and trout.
Captain Hook Sportfishing at 1500 Anchor Way, Ventura, offers half-day, three-quarter day and twilight fishing excursions daily.
Channel Island Sportfishing Center, 4151 5. Victoria Ave., Oxnard offers sportfishing boats half day, three-quarter day, twilight trips and one-to-three day trips to the outer islands and other islands up and down the coast.
Harbor Village Sportfishing, 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 114, in Ventura offers daily half-day and three-quarter-day trips and twilight trips (Wednesday through Saturday), along with multiple-day charters. Special trips are also offered, such as yellowtail fishing.
Port Hueneme Sportfishing at East Port Hueneme Road, Dock I, runs open party boats for three-quarter days every day, beginning at 4 a.m.
Ventura Sportfishing, 1516 Anchor Way, offers three-quarter day trips beginning at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., returning at 4:30 p.m.
Ventura County provides more than 200 cultural and historic treasures, recreation activities and attractions that will keep you and your family active. One of the most popular is the Channel Islands. Comprised of five of the eight California Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park & Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources. The Chumash Indians would visit these island while fishing off the coast. The Channel Islands National Park is renowned for its large number of complex, beautiful Sea Caves. Based on ocean conditions and ferry availability, Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island is the most visited area in the park for day and camping visitors. More than 2,000 terrestrial plants and animals can be found within the park. One hundred and forty-five of these are unique to the islands and found nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the endangered blue whale, the largest animal to live on earth. In addition to the abundance of natural resources, historical and cultural resources include more than 200 documented shipwrecks and numerous Chumash Native American sites and artifacts. The park consists of 249,353 acres, half of which are under the ocean, and includes the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara. The islands are relative isolated, approximately 20 miles off the coast, and left undeveloped, making them an exciting place for visitors to explore. Click on our packages page for more details about how to visit the islands. Channel Islands National Park offers a wide variety of recreation activities, kayaking through the Sea Caves being one of the most popular. Backpacking, camping, day hiking, scuba diving, and spearfishing are among the activities available to visitors.