Santa Barbara, CA 93190Santa Barbara County, California - the American Riviera(TM)
Set on the Pacific with 100 mi/160 km of sweeping coastline,
Santa Barbara and its environs, including the Santa Ynez Mountains,
tasty wine country and seaside cities, lie just 92 mi/148 km north
of Los Angeles and 332 mi/534 km south of San Francisco. Visitors
can arrive via scenic Highway 1, daily stops on Amtrak or via air
service to Santa Barbara Airport or Los Angeles International Airport.
Santa Barbara County encompasses the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta,
Montecito, Summerland, Channel Islands National Park, Ballard,
Buellton, Lompoc, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez
and Solvang. The city of Santa Barbara is 18.9 sq. mi/49 km sq. with
a population of 92,325. County population: 399,347.
Year-round Mediterranean climate with an annual average of 300+ days
of sunshine and fresh ocean breezes. Santa Barbara's unique east-west
coastline (the only one from Alaska to Cape Horn) provides soothing
year-round southern exposure. Average temperatures range from 60 to
70 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year.
Eighteen beaches stretch nearly 100 mi/160 km from the coastal cities
of Carpinteria to Guadalupe. Sunbathing, diving, kayaking, whale watching,
parasailing, jet skiing, surfing, volleyball, beachside biking and in-line
skating are common play..
County-wide, Santa Barbara offers nearly 100 properties, ranging from
deluxe to budget, including 35 beachfront hotels and one hostel. The
area is known for its historic B&Bs, with 15 properties. Guest ranches
are also available. Reservation information: Coastal Escapes 800/292-2222
or Santa Barbara Hot Spots 800/793-7666. Six public and two private camping
parks offer a variety of landscapes; 800/444-7275.
Full-service conference and convention facilities dot the area with 120+
meeting sites, ranging from 200 sq. ft. to 40,000 sq. ft. World-class
beach-front venues, horse ranches, intimate wineries and skyline meeting
sites are available.
Santa Barbara Airport is 8 mi/13 km north of downtown; 805/683-4011.
American Eagle, America West Express, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection
and United Airlines Express service the airport. Non-stop flights are
available from Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Jose, Salt Lake
City and San Francisco. Express bus service is available from major airports
via Santa Barbara Airbus, 800/423-1618 and SuperRide Shuttle, 805/683-9636 or
800/977-1123. The Old Town Trolley runs throughout the city from 10am to
5pm daily, departing from Stearns Wharf ($12 adults/$7 children for all day
on/off privileges); the electric shuttle serves the downtown area, the
Waterfront and Coast Village Road in Montecito (25 cents).
POINTS OF INTEREST
The area offers whale watching, eagle tours, sailing excursions and rentals,
direct service from Santa Barbara Harbor's Sea Landing to the Channel Islands,
hiking in the Santa Ynez Mountains and seven 18-hole championship golf courses,
including the top-rated Sandpiper Golf Course, Glen Annie Golf Club, River Course
at the Alisal and Rancho San Marcos Golf Course. Santa Barbara also offers three
horseback riding ranches, sea kayaking, windsurfing, beachside bicycle and in-line
skating paths and seasonal spectator polo (Sundays) at Santa Barbara Polo Club.
Contact the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission at
800/927-4688 or 805/966-9222, fax 805/966-1728 for accommodation information and
a free, four-color visitor guide. Destination information is also available via
the Internet: www.santabarbaraCA.com.
- Architecture - The city's Red Tile Walking Tour showcases SantaBarbara's
oldest and most fascinating architectural landmarks (see Visitor Guide). Historic
adobes and missions dot the area, including the "Queen of the Missions," Mission
- Gardens - Delve into acres of orchids and tropical plants at one of the
areas gardens or public parks. Top picks: Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens,
Casa del Herrero, Lotusland, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara
Zoological Gardens and Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.
- Museums - The Maritime Museum at Santa Barbara Harbor offers an in-depth
look at the region's maritime roots. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art boasts
an outstanding collection of American, Asian and European art. The Museum of
Natural History is nationally renowned, with an enormous whale skeleton marking
the entrance. Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, the Historical Museum and the
Carriage Museums are also great bets.
- Performing Arts - Santa Barbara is home to more than 200 annual classic and
contemporary stage productions, including drama, comedy, dance and musical theater.
Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet and PCPA Theaterfest are just a few of
the entertainment options.
- Wine Country - 60+ wineries and 20,000 planted acres of vineyards make this
region a flavorful trip. Located within the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria valleys,
just a 45-minute drive north of Santa Barbara via Highway 101 or 154. Tasting rooms
dot Los Olivos and winery facilities offer tours and picnic sites. Santa Barbara
County Vintners' Association, 800/218-0881.
- Koleen Hamblin @ KOLI Communications, 805/899-4193, fax 805/899-4153, e-mail:
- Shannon Turner Brooks @ Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission,
805/966-9222 or e-mail: sbrooks@santabarbaraCA.com