Oh, look! That tall hotel just west of the pier, the one you noticed because it's the ONLY tall building in Ventura? that's the
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.
Not only does every room have a terrific ocean view, but so does the roof, or at least its
Ventura surf cam
does. The Web cam is aimed 24/7 at Surfer's Point Beach.
From the pier, travel east along Harbor Boulevard to San Buenaventura State Beach's San Pedro Street entrance to access its group picnic, barbecue and lawn area.
Head west from the pier to visit Surfer’s Point Beach, which fronts the county fairgrounds, officially known as Seaside Park - one of the few county fairgrounds in California right on a beach: San Diego County's fairgrounds are on the beach in
Visit during the Ventura County Fair each August for surf, livestock and a ride on a Ferris wheel that overlooks the ocean.
Head south of downtown and visit
and the information center for Channel Islands National Park.