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The Emerald Iguana

Ojai Vacation

The Ojai Valley has long been a haven for discerning travelers seeking spa retreats, wellness, outdoor experiences, unique dining, and exceptional wineries.

Located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles and 45 minutes south-west of Santa Barbara, the beautiful Ojai Valley is ideal for a midweek getaway or extended retreat. Suggested shuttle service: Smart Shuttle.

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Adventure - Ojai and Around

From hiking and camping in the Sespe Wilderness area to boating or kayaking on Lake Casitas, nature recreation is very much a part of the Ojai Valley.  With its many parks, hiking and biking trails and exquisite natural surroundings, Ojai is the ideal destination for the outdoors-oriented visitor. Explore the valley from horseback or go whale-watching. Go for a swim at Casitas Water Adventure with its two water playgrounds, lazy river, and snack bar. Enjoy Ojai's newest hiking, biking & walking map, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Trailfinder Map Guide:

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Ojai Events

Surrounded by the Los Padres Mountains, Ojai offers a perfect climate for festivals and other activities. Some of the signature festivals offered in this beautiful setting are:

Getting Around Bars & Live Music


The Ojai valley contains some of the country’s best private middle and high schools. Families come from all over the world to enjoy special events and school activities. Many stay on in Ojai for restful vacations.

The Emerald Iguana Inn is a perfect home-away-from-home that allows you to conveniently enjoy the many wonders of Ojai, Southern California’s Shangri-la.

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Golf at Soule ParkThis 18-hole, par 72 course is a pleasure to play from start to finish with 6,475 yards of rolling fairways winding their way through old oak and pine trees set along the base of the Topa Topa Mountains.

Guided Tours by Trails by Potter

Ventura to the Beach One Way Bike RideSuited for intermediate levels. This leisurely bike ride is approximately 2-hrs, 16 miles.  You will take the scenic Ventura bike path downhill, to Ventura Beach. Package includes Raleigh and Schwinn bikes, helmets, water, snacks and experienced guides. Also included is a complimentary van ride back to the Iguana.

Orchard Ride Guided Bike TourSuited for intermediate levels. This ride is approximately 1½ - 2--hrs, 7-9 miles, through the orange groves in the East End of Ojai. We stop halfway for a snack & continue through the flat lush green valley floor whilst the majestic Topa Topa Bluffs stretch above us. Package includes bikes, helmets, water, snacks and experienced guides.

Guided HikeA two-hour hike into the beautiful foothills of Ojai, learning about nature and the history of Ojai with expert guides.  Your hike can be as relaxing or as strenuous as you like. Snacks and water are included.

Rock ClimbingClimbing lessons are available for first-timers and experienced climbers and anything in between. No previous experience necessary. Ages 10 or under MUST be accompanied by an adult. All equipment is supplied including rock climbing shoes. The routes are in the Ojai Valley and Ventura County on good quality sandstone, ranging from 5.5 to 5.11 grade and totaling 80 to 120 feet in height. Click here to learn more.

More information and additional tours, including rock climbing and tennis, can be found on the Trails By Potter website.

Ojai AnglerProfessionally guided freshwater world class trophy bass fishing.

Herb WalksHerb Walks with Lanny Kaufer are interpretive walks and hikes with an emphasis on edible and medicinal plants.

Cloud Climbers Jeep Toursexplore Ojai's backcountry in a 6 or 7 passenger jeep driven by an expert guide

Nanco Helicopter Tourstake a tour of the beautiful scenery from the perspective of a helicopter

Ojai Valley Centurya 100-mile race held yearly in June

Bart's BooksOne of a kind, world-renowned bookstore, with a wide variety of books

Ojai Valley Museum History and ArtSharing the history, art, and culture of the Ojai Valley through museum exhibitions, programs, and events.

Ojai Certified Farmer's MarketProviding locally farmed produce, flowers, & gourmet food directly to the community for over 18 years. Every Sunday

A map of the Ojai Valley Trail
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