Road Trippin’ the Coast to Ventura Harbor

Ventura harbor village view of flowers and buildings situated along the water

couple riding in a boat with ventura harbor village buiulding in the background

On your travels along California’s Central Coast, a stop at Ventura Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village are an absolute must SEA. Come enjoy a host of activities and amenities available year-round: dine seaside, shop coastal boutiques, be inspired by local artisans, play on the waterfront, and explore the spectacular Channel Islands National Park. See below for some of the best Ventura Harbor has to offer.


What to Eat

Ventura Harbor has over a dozen waterfront restaurants with cuisines from around the world (Greek, Mexican, Cuban, American, and French just to name a few!) If it’s your very first time to the Ventura Harbor Village, don’t leave without indulging in famous fish n’ chips from Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market, try one of the 10 handcrafted clam chowder recipes offered by various eateries, and finish it off with ice cream from Coastal Cone. For best sunset dining views, try Water’s Edge Restaurant & Bar.


Where to Explore

Feeling adventurous? The Channel Islands National Park & Marine Sanctuary, commonly referred to as the American Galapagos, lie just off the Ventura coast and Island Packers offers daily departures from Ventura Harbor. There are a variety of excursions from camping, sea caves, kayaking, wildlife cruises, and whale watching around these 5 magnificent islands that are a quick boat ride away!


What to Try

When you visit a destination surrounded by the sea, make time to get on the water! Take an electric boat out for a spin and join a fitness class or yoga session on a stand-up paddle board. Take a dive lesson for a future Channel Islands excursion! Try a thrilling escape room experience and customize a chocolate bar with your name. Seaside pampering available with a modern nail studio, hair salon, hair extension services, as well as message therapy.


What to Buy

Locally-owned boutiques & artisans offer one-of-a kind, on-trend merchandise featuring Ventura and California love wear, ocean-inspired art, nautical treasures, mermaid finds, beach/coastal wear, jewelry, a fabulous selection of hats, socks, dive gear, gifts, and bath bombs to name a few, all in an outdoor Village setting overlooking the boats.


Where to Stay

For an extended stay and holiday getaway, choose from two waterfront Ventura Harbor hotels – Four Points by Sheraton or their sister property, Holiday Inn Express & Suites.


Ventura Harbor is truly a breath of fresh (salty sea) air! 

We welcome you to travel & seaside safely – for more information follow along on social media @VenturaHarbor