Next stop on our vacation rental road trip is Ventura! Another coastal city, known for its beaches, surfing, and relaxed vibe. Many go to explore the downtown Main St. area filled with many great restaurants and bars, Ventura Pier, and Surfer’s Point.
As you make your way through our West Coast Road Trip itinerary, rejuvenate and recharge along the way in a luxury vacation rental! Not only will you be extremely comfortable, you’ll be saving money if you book your vacation rental direct with the property manager. Booking with the property manager is the best way to ensure that you’ll get the best rates and no travelers fees at vacation rentals across the West Coast and beyond.
When you book vacation rentals on listing sites like Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and Flipkey, you are getting charged hundreds to thousand of dollars extra in service fees, where you could be getting the same vacation rental at a much lower rate when you book direct.
On our West Coast Vacation Rental Road Trip, we’ll connect you to the best of the best in accommodation, food, adventure and more!
This small, relaxing beach town is the perfect place to slow down when you need to take a break from reality. Wander the downtown area, taking your time peeking into thrift stores, ice cream shops and admiring historic buildings. Head to the pier or the harbor and admire the ocean views, maybe even take a boat to Channel Islands! Here are our top 5 things to do in Ventura:
A must do in Ventura is to visit the historic Ventura Pier and Promenade. Take a stroll down the long, wooden pier built in 1872. It’s a calm place to walk and watch the water. Maybe go fishing for the afternoon, or just take in the sunset.
If you appreciate California history, then the San Buenaventura Mission is a must, it’s a Spanish mission founded by Franciscan Father Junípero Serra in 1782. This mission has an interesting history, including attacks by pirates, an earthquake, tidal wave and fire.
Explore the Ventura Botanical Gardens. The gardens are free and there are plenty of walking trails to explore that offer vineyards, mountains, farmland and of course beautiful ocean views.The gardens have 160 species of plants that come mostly from the Mediterranean as well as pine and eucalyptus forests. It’s dog friendly too, so you can bring your pup!
Ventura Harbor Village is a quaint little seaside village that offers a range of boutique shops, galleries, arcades, restaurants and cafes. If you’re lucky, you might catch some live music on a weekend night! Take a stroll over to the harbor to look at the boats and take an Island Packer boat to tour the nearby Channel Islands.
Go for a bike ride! Take advantage of the gorgeous Ventura weather and ride your bike on the paved road, along the water, from Ventura to neighboring Ojai and take in all the amazing views along the way! Stop for some wine and beer tasting to reward yourself afterward.
Bonus: If you are visiting in August, be sure to check out the Ventura County Fair that happens right along the beach! Go on rides, taste local food, enjoy live entertainment, and most importantly, feel the cool ocean breeze from the top of the Ferris Wheel.
Where to Stay
For the best rate guarantee on vacation rentals in Ventura, and no traveler fees, book direct with this professional host:
Wave Vacation caters toward those looking to catch a wave. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, Wave Vacation offers housing on the beach so you can get as close to the surf as possible.
Stay at this 2 bedroom, 2 bath Ventura beach house, fully furnished and complete with all the amenities that will make you feel right at home.
This perfect family beach house is located directly in front of one of California's most popular surf breaks, Mondos. You’ll have a private patio with a jacuzzi to enjoy the ocean view. On chilly evenings cozy up next to the fireplace in your comfortable living room.
The beachfront vacation rental is just ten minutes north of the town of Ventura.
Stay tuned for the next installment of our vacation rental road trip, and remember to always #BookDirect for the best rate on vacation rentals.