Ventura Harbor: California’s Seaside Playground

ventura_harborNestled between iconic Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, along California’s Central Coast, is the classic coastal California town of Ventura, home of the Channel Islands National Park and the Ventura Harbor resort. Renowned for sandy beaches, surf vibe, emerging wine trail, world-class diving, historic Mission, links golf course, miles of citrus fields, wildlife viewing, a vibrant harbor village, and five pristine islands just off the coast, Ventura offers the perfect destination to relax and indulge in the true California lifestyle.

Ventura’s premiere oceanfront attraction is Ventura Harbor featuring outdoor adventure on the Pacific Ocean, fresh seafood, boutique shops and galleries, Harbor boat tours, kid’s activities, surfing, kayak rentals, stand up paddle boarding, beaches, sailing, comedy club, sportfishing, waterfront hotels and dining, and is the home to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center.

Daytrips to the pristine Channel Islands, referred to as the American Galapagos, leave from Ventura Harbor on Island Packers or the dive boats, for world class diving, sea cave kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, wildlife viewing, whale watching, and exploring the landscapes and beauty of the original California.

Island Spirit Sportfishing makes its home base in Ventura Harbor with three-quarter day and twilight trips or charters to catch white seabass, yellowtail, halibut, calico bass, lingcod and more off the coast. Visit

Stay at the Four Points by Sheraton or Holiday Inn Express and Suites, where rooms open up to the views of the scenic. Dine at more than 15 Harbor restaurants including Alexander’s famous Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Sheraton. Walk from the hotels directly to the Saturday Fish Market or watch the boats unload as Ventura Harbor is one of the largest market squid offloading harbor on the West Coast, with more than 69 million pounds of squid offloaded in 2010. These squid catches are sold to buyers around the world, including China and India. Ventura Harbor (along with Oxnard and Port Hueneme combined) is named as one of the top 10 fish offloading harbors in the United States. Other common fish include Red Sea Urchin, Ridgeback Prawn, Warty Sea Cucumber and the Rock Crab.

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