Ventura, CA
California
By Doree Simon

Whether you like surfing, sailing, or simply strolling along the beach, Ventura, California is an absolutely perfect spot for your next vacation. With an average year-round daytime temperatures of 70 degrees and a convenient coastal location between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, the city of Ventura is known as a surfer’s paradise. A wide variety of both adventurous and leisurely activities make Ventura, California a truly appealing vacation for young people, families, and couples alike.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your next trip to Ventura, California. Located along the southern-most part of California’s Central Coast, Ventura can be reached by flying into nearby Oxnard Airport (OXR) or into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and making the hour-long, scenic drive along the coast to Ventura. Click on the following link to book your flight (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). Ventura has an excellent selection of affordable accommodations, from luxurious hotels to quaint inns. Vacationers can see WhatsCheaper.com’s top selections in Ventura, then click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to begin your search.

Surfing is definitely Ventura's most popular tourist attraction. For a fun-filled day of surfing, WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting Surfer’s Point at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Large, consistent waves make this famous yet uncrowded beach one of the most attractive locations for surfers on the entire West Coast. For anyone new to surfing, especially children, WhatsCheaper.com suggests utilizing packages through a company called SurfClass to find classes for any level of experience. With fair prices and CPR certified instructors, SurfClass offers surf camp for kids and group or private lessons for surfers of any age. A reasonably priced two-hour session includes wetsuit, surfboard and rash guard rentals, and SurfClass also offers affordable Surf and Stay packages in conjunction with the Crowne Plaza hotel. SurfClass, as well as most other surf locations in Ventura, require children to be seven years or older and to know how to swim. Visit SurfClass.com for more information.

Visitors looking for outdoor activities other than surfing will find an array of options at Ventura Harbor. Kayaking, scuba diving, sport fishing excursions, whale watching, and tours of the magnificent Channel Islands National Park are just some of the outdoor adventures that can be experienced at the Harbor.

For travelers that are interested in spending at least part of their trip on land, Ventura Harbor also provides a variety of family-fun activities such as fine and casual dining, shopping, a fresh seafood market, live music, ice cream, a carousel and arcade, and more.

WhatsCheaper.com also highly recommends visiting Ventura’s hip, old downtown area. Nestled along the foothills and a short walk from the beach, downtown Ventura offers a dynamic selection of museums, galleries, boutiques, bars, restaurants, thrift shops, and bookstores. Artisan chefs celebrate the West Coast’s abundance of fresh seafood, while local wineries take advantage of having wine country in their own back yard.

While downtown, travelers can experience a more historic side of the city by stopping into the Ventura Visitors Center at 101 S. California Street. Here, they can find maps and guidebooks, as well as exhibits on the nearby Channel Islands National Park and Heritage Valley. WhatsCheaper.com also suggests that tourists visit Mission San Buenaventura, an active Catholic parish and historic site, also located downtown.

For an even more well-rounded trip, plan a visit to the Museum of Ventura County. Also located downtown, the museum offers a reasonable admission fee and free parking. It is home to historical and contemporary art, as well as agricultural exhibits, which are sure to educate visitors on Ventura's dynamic landscape. Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays.

After a few days of outdoor adventure and downtown fun, travelers can unwind with a relaxing walk along the picturesque beaches or an afternoon of golf at a nearby golf course.  WhatsCheaper.com recommends taking advantage of California's savory selection of wines by joining a wine tour with Ventura County Wine Trail Tours. The tours take place on the weekends and conveniently depart from the downtown Ventura Visitors Center.

From Surfer's Point to Ventura Harbor, the city of Ventura offers activities for travelers of every age and interest. Whether you're looking for an adventurous weekend with friends, a fun-filled vacation with family, or a romantic get-away with that special someone, Ventura the perfect place for your next travel destination. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you book your next vacation to Ventura, California today.

MUST SEE IN Ventura, CA LIST:

  • 1. Ventura County Wine Trail
  • 2. Surfer's Point
  • 3. Ventura County Museum of History & Art
  • 4. Mission San Buenaventura
  • 5. Ventura Harbor
  • 6. Anacapa Island
  • 7. Rubicon Theatre Company
  • 8. Ventura Food Tours
  • 9. Old Creek Ranch Winery
  • 10. Ventura City Hall

Ventura, CA EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Fisherman's Market (Saturdays) - January through December
  • 2. Ojai Music Festival - June
  • 3. Fourth of July Street Fair - July
  • 4. Annual Citrus Festival - July
  • 5. Ventura Film Festival - August
  • 6. California Beer Festival Ventura - September
  • 7. Harvest Festival - October
  • 8. Ventura Comedy Festival - November

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Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort
1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura, CA
By Chrystyne Jackson

If your travels take you to Ventura, make your time more memorable by staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resorts. You will appreciate the hotel’s many amenities and the comfort of the accommodations. There is even airport transportation available. You can also make use of the convenient express/video check out.

Guests at the Four Points can choose between a king size or two double beds. There are suites available, including one with a fireplace. Rooms come with free high speed Internet access. You will also receive a complimentary national paper weekday mornings. Four Points also provides laundry/valet and dry cleaning services.

The hotel offers much in the way of activities. Guests can work out in the exercise room. Enjoy a dip in the outdoor heated pool or relax in the whirlpool. You can rent a bicycle to explore the area. If you enjoy golf, there are courses nearby. In the evenings socialize over cocktails at Alexander’s Lounge, which opens at 5 p.m. daily. You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Alexander’s Restaurant, which features steak and seafood. If you are looking to get close to nature you may visit Channel Islands National Park, which encompasses five islands and their ocean environment. There is also sportsfishing nearby. The Island Packers Whale Watching excursions are run from late December until April and are an opportunity to see Gray Whales, Minke Whales, and several types of dolphins in their natural habitat. A day trip will take you to the Filmore Railroad Museum, the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, or the Getty Museum.

Make the most of your time in Ventura by staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

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