Romantic Getaway

There’s something about getting away with your special someone.

And Ventura presents the perfect opportunity to slow down and enjoy one another’s company. The relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect views, and friendly community welcome you and your partner.

In Ventura, you’ll find a lot to do, from strolling along the beach to dancing the night away. Or maybe you just want to hole up at a cafe and people watch. Either way, Downtown Ventura’s got you covered. Here are a few activities perfect for spending some quality time with your person.

 

Take a stroll — or pedal — down the Promenade or hike up to Serra Cross Park.

Stunning views of the Pacific await. The Promenade runs along Ventura’s beachfront, giving you easy access to the ocean and the Ventura Pier, which has delicious food and drink waiting for you (check out Beach House Tacos). As you follow the Promenade north, it feeds directly into a path you can follow all the way to Emma Wood, Mondos, and Ventura’s other numerous, stunning beaches. With so much ocean access, it’s easy to find a private spot to enjoy together.

If you’re feeling less like meandering and more like exploring, Wheel Fun Rentals at the pier can help you cover more ground. With convenient bike, surrey, and douce coupe rentals, you can pedal down the Promenade with ease.

Want to take in a panoramic view of the Pacific? Hang a right. Take California Street (which locals call C Street) from the pier up to City Hall. Behind it, Ventura’s stunning Botanical Gardens await you. Wander the flower-lined path up the hill and you’ll find yourself at the historic Serra Cross Park with breathtaking views of the Pacific.

Sip and savor your time together.

Start your day right. Downtown Ventura has a number of coffee shops so you and your sweetheart can put a little pep in your step each morning. Palermo is our longest-standing coffee establishment — for good reason. With a varied menu and a shop in the back filled with one-of-a-kind gifts, it’s a must-see.

If you’re looking for a delicious pastry to accompany your morning cup, choose Café du Suro. Feeling hip? Check out Palm & Boy, where you can grab a Instagram-worthy acai bowl to accompany your beverage on their gorgeous patio.

Order your drink to stay and savor precious moments with your partner. Or order it to go and check out great shopping next door to each of these establishments. Window shop as you sip and — who knows? — you might just find the perfect keepsake to remember your romantic getaway.

Start your evening out on the town. 

Get your evening off on the right foot by heading downtown for drinks. Ventura’s got plenty of options so you can choose the spot that best suits you. Head to Grapes & Hops to check out some live music, Rumfish y Vino to relax on their stunning patio, Saloon to sample their unique specialty cocktails, or VenTiki for their signature Mai Tais. Or stroll down Main and see what catches your eye. Wherever you choose, you’ll start your evening on a high note.

Enjoy dinner together.

No romantic night on the town would be complete without dinner. And Downtown Ventura has no shortage of delicious, mood-setting restaurants. At Capriccio’s, you’ll find flavorful Italian food paired with top-tier service. Plus, their large windows make for excellent people watching. Just up the street, Paradise Pantry awaits where you’ll find some of the best wine in town and a daily special mac and cheese that you really shouldn’t miss. Or head around the corner to Blue Agave, where mouth-watering Mexican food meets elegant ambiance.

Lure is a local favorite and one of our top picks for its quality seafood (including a oyster bar), impressive service, and beautiful decor. Or pop next door to Café Fiore for fine dining Italian in an intimate setting.

Dance the night away.

Want to keep the party rolling after dinner? The Tavern and Limón y Sal both frequently host live music in their large, historic buildings. And if you hit The Tavern, don’t miss Lady Jezebel, their speakeasy bar tucked behind the first bookshelf to your right when you walk in. It’s the ideal spot for a romantic after-dinner drink.

Ventura is the perfect place to relax with your special someone. Head here and kick back as your romantic weekend unfolds.