Ventura County, CA, USA

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Ventura County, CA, USA

Ventura County vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.