Ventura

Welcome to Ventura

 

About Ventura

Located on a stretch of the California coast known for its ideal surfing, Ventura’s stunning ocean views, scenic beach walks, and interesting history make it the perfect place to settle down. Located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara along U.S. Route 101, new residents will love this picture-perfect beach city where they can enjoy the relaxing coastal town feel while still having access to the “big city” for work or pleasure. The city has a ton of fun sights to check out, including Ventura Pier and the historic 1809 church Mission San Buenaventura.
 
If you’re a young professional looking to expand your education, Ventura has four college campuses located conveniently inside the city’s limits: the Ventura College of Law; Southern California Institute of Law; Santa Barbara Business College; and Ventura College. For families new to the area, children aged kindergarten through 12th grade are serviced by the Ventura Unified School District. No matter what your child’s interests, Ventura has five high schools to make sure all students get the education they need to succeed. There is also a selection of private schools, including St. Bonaventure High School, Ventura County Christian School, and Holy Cross School, Sacred Heart, and Our Lady of the Assumption.
 

Things to Do

One of a few focal points of Ventura is Main Street, a long stretch of road that offers a variety of artisan shops and locally-owned restaurants that serve seasonal favorites. Enjoy warm ocean breezes and outstanding scenery while sipping artisanal cocktails on the Ventura Pier. Enjoy a cup of homemade clam chowder at Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market. The restaurant has a friendly atmosphere that’s great for the entire family or, if you’d prefer a romantic dinner at home, enjoy the freshest seafood available at the market.
 
The history of Ventura starts long before the city was founded. The coastal site was inhabited for thousands of years before the Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782. European explorers encountered a Chumash village, referred to as Shisholop, and spread the word about the native people’s skills on the ocean and the abundance of local resources. The town of Ventura eventually developed around the Mission, incorporated in 1866. The Mission and other historical buildings are located at the center of modern-day downtown Ventura. Visitors can find out about the city’s history and enjoy the quiet gardens at the San Buenaventura Mission.
 
Outdoor lovers will enjoy Ventura Harbor’s variety of water activities, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, and whale watching. The Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary is an hour’s boat ride from the harbor. Considered the “North America’s Galapagos,” visitors will enjoy a variety of native wildlife and marine animals, including Gray Whales, California sea lions, Island foxes, and native jellyfish.
 
 
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