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About Ventura County

Ventura County’s name is a shortened version of San Buenaventura, California’s ninth mission, founded in 1782. The fact that Buenaventura means good fortune in Spanish should come as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to live in this very special part of California.

Ventura County is blessed with a Mediterranean climate — summers are cool and dry at the coast and warmer as you head inland. Winters are mild and nearly all the rain falls between October and April. With vast beaches to the West, scenic mountains to the East, and an abundance of biking, running, and hiking trails, Ventura County is a haven for sun worshippers and sports enthusiasts. Conditions for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing are good year-round. There are public, municipal, and private golf courses across the county. Sailors can cruise to the rugged Channel Islands or sail up to beautiful Santa Barbara. If a relaxing day at the beach is more your speed, there are a wealth of sandy beaches to choose from, and the water is warm enough for swimming.

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Regardless of where you decide to settle in Ventura County, weekend activities are just a short drive away. You can find a farmer’s market any day of the week. The Ventura County Wine Trail is dotted with wineries and tasting rooms. There are scores of annual fairs, festivals, art, and special events, from the Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights to the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show, to the Oxnard Salsa Festival! Art enthusiasts can take advantage of open studio days showcasing local artists or visit art galleries in Ventura and Ojai. History buffs can dig into the region’s rich history at the Albinger Historical Museum and learn about the Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, and Chinese cultures that have contributed to Ventura County’s unique personality. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, you can head to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, or even go skiing in Big Bear during the Winter.

Ventura County is a great place to raise a family, with good schools, generally low crime, and lots of opportunity for children to develop new interests and activities. Learn more about these Ventura County communities.

Camarillo, just one hour from LA and 30 minutes from Malibu, Camarillo is a beautiful family-oriented community in a sunny Mediterranean climate.

Ventura, home of Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura, is the heart of Ventura County.

Ojai, a delightful rural community, is home to Community Memorial Hospital – Ojai and the Community Memorial Continuing Care Center.

Oxnard, just 60 miles from LAX International Airport, is Ventura County’s largest city.

Community Memorial Health Centers are located throughout the county.