Destination guide

Create your own adventure in Ventura County

Looking for an authentic SoCal experience? Look no further than Ventura County. Nestled between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and taking in a generous slice of Los Padres National Forest, this California hotspot serves up everything from historic downtowns to outdoor adventure. Whether you're heading off for a weekend break or planning a longer getaway, Ventura County vacation rentals offer the perfect base for your stay. You'll find most rentals in the city of Ventura but there are some tempting deals to be had in Oxnard too. Either way, rentals often place you within a short stroll of the sand.

Things to do

Culture and creatures in Ventura County

The great thing about Ventura County is that there's something for everyone. Fancy squeezing a little culture into your stay? Head to historic downtown Ventura where you'll find San Buenaventura Mission sits less than a mile from the Ventura Botanical Gardens. For something a little different, move inland to check out Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, a folk-art piece, 25 years in the making, and a California Historic Landmark. Traveling with kids? While not strictly within the boundaries of the county, Santa Barbara Zoo, around a 45-minute drive from most Ventura County vacation rentals, is an easy way to earn some brownie points.


Lazy days on Ventura County beaches

Beach days are a natural part of the landscape here, and Ventura County has more than a few idyllic sandy spots. Most travelers will want to squeeze in a trip to San Buenaventura State Beach, where the historic Ventura Pier doubles up as a hire shop for body boards, bikes, and beach chairs for those who are happy to sit and watch the world go by. If you're hoping to catch some California waves, or perhaps just want to watch the pros do their thing, then you'd be just as well heading straight to the aptly-named Surfer's Point.


Choose your ideal season in Ventura County

Like most coastal California cities, this area benefits from a Mediterranean climate. In practice, this means that the summer months of June through August can see temperatures soar past 80. If you prefer things a little cooler and fancy avoiding the biggest crowds, Ventura County vacation rentals are a good bet in the spring months of March to May, although if nabbing a great deal on your chosen rental is a priority, fall getaways in September and November and winter breaks are definitely on the menu. Sure, it may rain a little but temperatures can still be in the high 60s.

Natural features

Discover diverse landscapes in Ventura County

Away from the sandy beaches of the California coast, Ventura County offers up a diverse landscape that's perfect for nature lovers. The offshore Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park, is ideal for hiking, although sea kayakers can find their own piece of paradise by paddling to the majestic Arch Rock at the island's east end. If you prefer to stay on land, the Los Padres National Forest puts streams, rivers, and mountains within reach. Animal lovers will want to stop by the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, a 53,000-acre wildlife refuge nestled in the Topatopa Mountains.

Can I find a vacation rental around Ventura County?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,325 vacation rentals near Ventura County. From 781 Houses to 85 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ventura County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ventura County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ventura County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ventura: 782 vacation rentals
  • Hollywood Beach: 127 vacation rentals
  • Oxnard: 524 vacation rentals
  • Ojai: 414 vacation rentals
  • Oxnard Shores: 194 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ventura County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ventura County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ventura County:

  • Ventura: 782 rentals
  • Oxnard: 524 rentals
  • Ojai: 414 rentals
  • Camarillo: 538 rentals
  • Thousand Oaks: 4,555 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Ventura County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Ventura County are:

  • Oxnard - Ventura County Airport (OXR): 620 vacation rentals
  • Santa Paula, CA (SZP): 600 vacation rentals
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 5,974 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Ventura County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Ventura County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ventura Harbor: 700 rentals
  • Lake Casitas Recreation Area: 864 rentals
  • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: 718 rentals
  • Ventura Pier: 714 rentals
  • Golf Course at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa: 647 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ventura County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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