Ventura mixes old charm with new modern facilities to blend a rich and wonderful background to living. Ventura, still officially called San Buenaventura, was founded in 1782 by Fray Junipero Serra with the establishment of his mission.
Along Main Street you will find fabulous food, excellent shopping from amazing thrift stores to upscale boutiques, a movie theater, coffee shops, and other attractions.
Turn the corner at Main Street and head up Ventura Avenue and you are on the Westside. The Westside is an up-and-coming area of Ventura with a rich cultural history.
Note the iron bells every few miles on the 101 freeway. They are markers of the Camino Real, the route of Father Serra.
Ventura is located 68 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX IATA) on Highway 101. Nearby Oxnard sports both a cruise ship port and an airport with connecting flights to LAX. Santa Barbara Airport can be a good alternative to LAX or Oxnard with flights to LAX, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix as well as other destinations and it is only about 10–15 minutes away down the breath-taking 101. Camarillo Airport is a dominant general aviation hub, though Oxnard and Santa Barbara take their share as well.
Amtrak serves the city with it’s Pacific Surfliner, the train stops at 1 Ventura station in downtown Ventura multiple times a day on its San Luis Obispo–Los Angeles–San Diego route. Additionally, Metrolink has a commuter service from Los Angeles to 1 East Ventura station, located in the Montalvo neighbourhood.