Relaxed and contemporary, Ventura is one of the Central Coast’s hidden gems. Well placed between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, it's a world away from the big city, but still full of high quality restaurants, fun bars and shops. Also worth mentioning, the beaches are uncrowded and the wineries boutique.
Ventura is also a gateway to the Channel Islands, one of the least well known National Parks in the USA. Sitting off the coast, a mere 45 minute boat ride away, the park is perfect for hiking, exploring and kayaking. Whales also migrate past the islands many times throughout the year, so don't miss the opportunity to see them up close.