Ventura Tourism

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Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. A Chumash village, referred to as Shisholop, was encountered here by European explorers traveling along the Pacific coast. The eponymous Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782 nearby where it benefitted from the water of the Ventura River. The town grew up around the mission compound and incorporated in 1866. The development of nearby oil fields in the 1920s and the age of automobile travel created a major real estate boom during which many designated landmark buildings were constructed. The mission and these buildings are at the center of a downtown that has become a cultural, retail, and residential district and visitor destination. Ventura lies along U.S. Route 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara which was one of the original U.S. Routes. The highway is now the Ventura Freeway but the original route through town along Main Street has been designated El Camino Real, the historic pathway connecting the California missions. During the post–World War II economic expansion, the community grew easterly, building detached single family homes over the rich agricultural land created by the Santa Clara River. The population was 106,433 at the 2010 census, up from 100,916 at the 2000 census. Ventura is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.


The beach town of Ventura, or San Buenaventura as it is primarily known, is a heady mix of a cultural town and a popular holiday destination. Tourism in Ventura happens mostly along the seaside, but the downtown area is an absolute must for anyone coming here. The Olivas Adobe should feature on your itinerary either to check out the museum or a performance by the local artists. Beware though, the building is rumoured to be haunted! Relax in one of the many parks around town or walk around the Pierpont Bay with stunning views of the Ventura Harbour. Bibliophiles can easily relate to the city thanks to the number of bookstores dotting the cityscape and the vast list of characters that belong to or an in this city. Travel to Ventura for an interesting retreat.


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Facts and Stats for Ventura*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ventura

    Know the pollution level of Ventura before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Ventura: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ventura for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ventura.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 28.13 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 28.13 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 34.38 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.25 (Moderate)
  • Living in Ventura - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Ventura is 159.55 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 55.22 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 95.49 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 28.45 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.5 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 77.66 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 66.67 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 26.06 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 112.46 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ventura

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ventura

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 75.83 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.5 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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