Review: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 648-2100

Ventura’s only beachfront hotel, the Crowne Plaza is the place to unwind after a long work week. Take a dip in the hotel’s luxurious oceanfront swimming pool, enjoy a surf lesson, or catch up on some reading outstretched on the sand just a few from your hotel room.

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It’s easiest to drive to Ventura, but once there things are walkable, and you can take the ferry to the Channel Islands.

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A twenty-something Colorado native, Alison Kjeldgaard is an aspiring editor, avid reader, and obsessed tango dancer. She lived in Los Angeles for four years where she enjoyed running and lounging on the beach. She graduated in 2009 from Occidental College with two journalism internships under her belt, an English Literature degree, and a national economic crisis. Despite this, Alison has paid the bills working odd jobs and taking every chance she can to travel. So far, she has been to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Alison recently moved to San Francisco from Denver, and is a freelance writer with a love of hiking, biking, caving and gold panning. Check out her magazine at