Ventura, officially named San Buenaventura (or “the city of good fortune”), is beautifully situated between the Ocean and the hills. Ventura is grounded in rich history and culture while home to a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and a dynamic startup community while maintaining its laid-back, beach town vibe. It’s no wonder Ventura is considered one of America’s most desirable places to live with its thriving cultural scene, historic downtown, eclectic restaurants, microbreweries, and park system with over 800 acres of open space. Ventura's Historic Downtown offers access to places to dine, an outstanding mix of locally-owned boutiques and specialty shops, and clean, green spaces for entertainment and activities. There are endless opportunities to connect with nature, from hiking beautiful trails of the Ventura Botanical Gardens and Arroyo Verde Park to surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, fishing from the historic Ventura pier, biking along the coast, playing at oceanside playgrounds, or visiting Channel Islands National Park. The Ventura Port District, a special district and home to Channel Islands National Park Headquarters, includes a recreational and commercial fishing harbor. The Harbor is a great seaside destination for residents, visitors, fishermen, and boaters to enjoy.