I’ve been looking forward to this interview with Michael Anderson of Maranantha Financial. Michael knows all of the tastiest places to eat and the best things to do in Ventura, including where to find the perfect waves.

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View of the city and the pier. Photo courtesy of VisitVentura.

Ventura, California

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Ventura, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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A family on Santa Cruz Island of the Channel Islands. Photo courtesy of VisitVentura.

Best things to Do in Ventura


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Enjoy a nice walk on the Ventura Pier. Photo courtesy of VisitVentura.

Best places to Eat in Ventura

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Delicious tacos at Taqueria Ventura Doña Raquel. Photo courtesy of VisitVentura.

Best places to stay in Ventura

Here are the best places to stay in Ventura.

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Getting around Ventura

The closest airports are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), or Santa Barbara Airport (SBA). While Santa Barbara is the closest (35 miles north), LAX and Burbank offer more flight options and might be the cheaper option. Many visitors also take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner route up the coast to Ventura.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

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Catch a ride on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner at the local train station.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Michael Anderson about Ventura, California. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Ventura, California
  • Green dots = best things to do in Ventura, California
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Ventura, California

Who is Michael Anderson?

Growing up, Michael’s parents didn’t have a plan for their future or even their next thirty days. It was a hand-to-mouth effort each month – one that he vowed not to repeat. His dad always encouraged Michael to do better than he was able to. When Michael left for college, he took his dad’s encouragement to heart: His goal was to not only do better for himself and his family but to help others do the same.

Michael became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 2010 and has been helping individuals and families manage their finances ever since. Solid financial management has had a huge impact on his life, and he finds it incredibly gratifying to help others in this way. What he likes, even more, is how financial services have become more accessible to the entire population. Technology has positively disrupted the financial services industry and Michael has made it his passion to embrace these changes and pass the savings onto his clients. Traditionally pricey offerings are now much more affordable so that every family can reach their financial goals.

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Mike on the set of his radio show

Here is a sample of the topics he covers on his radio show:

You can connect with Michael Anderson on his website Maranantha Financial and on Facebook.

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A sampling of the tasty food from Himalaya Restaurant Ventura. Photo courtesy of VisitVentura.

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