Santa Barbara Overview
Welcome to Santa Barbara. Where golden hillsides cascade into sparkling seas and red-tile roofs give way to abundantly sunny skies
Located on the central California coast, Santa Barbara is known for perfect weather, excellent local wine + restaurants and for being rich in Spanish colonial heritage. You could easily spend all your time just enjoying the beautiful beaches– except there is way more Santa Barbara has to offer that you simply can’t miss.
The city calls itself the American Riviera, and if you travel to Santa Barbara you’ll see why: This central coast city, which sits on an idyllic stretch of coastline and is sheltered by the foothills of the Santa Ynez mountains, has a Mediterranean-like climate and a civility that feels downright European. In fact, it once was European: the Spanish settled the city in the 1600s, and the Mission Santa Barbara is still one of the city’s most treasured landmarks. Given the city’s sophisticated charm—many celebrities have made a Santa Barbara visit over the years, from Charlie Chaplin, who built a hotel, to Oprah Winfrey, who has a house nearby in the exclusive Montecito area.
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