Ventura is indeed the "City of Good Fortune" with its surrounding mountains, miles of uncrowded beaches and mild year-round climate. The City's Parks Division is proud of its numerous historical sites, bike paths and parks, many featuring magnificent views and several located right on the beachfront. There is something for everyone at the Ventura Harbor Village. For those who want to stay on land, the harbor offers a variety of charming boutiques to browse in. Get cozy on one of the patios overlooking the water while enjoying fresh seafood and a glass of locally grown wine. For the more adventurous, kayaks are available to rent as are paddle boats (a favorite for kids!). Round up your group and take a boat cruise through Ventura's Keys, home to some of the most beautiful waterfront homes in Ventura. If you are looking for a day trip, Ventura Harbor Village is the starting point for a chartered cruise to the Channel Islands. Experience whales and dolphins playing in a coastal paradise, in a pristine natural setting. An ice cream shop, an arcade and a carousel are just a few of the things that will keep our young visitors busy! Ventura's miles of pristine beaches are naturally its star attractions. Walk, jog, boogie board, surf the waves and lounge in the sand. Grab world famous fish tacos at a beachside cafe, or even grill up some oysters at San Buenaventura State Beach at The Jolly Oyster. And for the surfers, long known as a surfing paradise due to its unique south-facing waterfront and "breaks" that produce incredible waves, Ventura's beaches stretch from Surfer's Point to Ventura Harbor. Read more about Surfing in Ventura. Along with world class beaches adventurous surfers can charters a boat to surf the beaches at the Channel Islands.