San Buenaventura, more popularly know as Ventura, is located along California’s coastline and is considered the gateway to the Channel Islands National Park. Ventura is known for its relaxed, carefree beach lifestyle. Ventura’s beaches are visited by thousandsyear round. The vibrant downtown area features the historic San Buenaventura Mission along with many fine restaurants and great entertainment. Despite having a population of over 100,000 residents, Ventura still maintains its small town feeling.