One of the oldest cities in California, Ventura is fortunate to be
influenced by Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, Chumash and American cultures.
Built around the Mission, the city then grew large based on the the richness
of the land. To say that there are numerous beaches is somewhat confusing.
There is really just one long gorgeous stretch of sand that people have
subdivided into beaches. But don't make the mistake of thinking Ventura is
just another pretty beach town. The arts are alive and well and draw quite a
crowd. There are many points of interest, here are just a few the visitor
should not miss: A.J. Comstock Museum, set in Mission Park; Albinger
Archeological Museum, a fun museum that features the five major cultures
found in Ventura - Chumash, Spanish, Chinese, American and Mexican; Mission
San Buenaventura, the last mission built by Padre Junipero Serra; Channel
Islands Visitor's Center, a wonderful place to experience the natural
history and beauty of the Channel Islands; Museum of History and Art,
something for everyone; Olivas Adobe, a wonderful example of Spanish
architecture; Ortega Adobe, how the common folk lived; Ventura Harbor
Village and Marina, a community filled with shops, boats, restaurants and
miles of white sand beaches; the Ventura Pier, a focal point for waterfront
fun and Ventura City Hall.