With a population of more than 100,000, Ventura is the main gateway to Channel Islands National Park. It's a classic California beach town filled with interesting restaurants, a wide range of accommodations, and miles of clean, white beaches. South of Ventura is Oxnard, a community of 203,000 boasting a busy harbor and uncrowded beaches. Known for its Spanish ambience, Santa Barbara has a beautiful waterfront set against a backdrop of towering mountains—plus glistening palm-lined beaches, whitewashed adobe structures with red-tile roofs, and a hip, youthful vibe in the downtown/waterfront area.
Looking back on eight decades on making travel history.More