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Set on the Pacific Ocean with 100 mi/160 km of sweeping coastline, Santa Barbara and its environs (including the Santa Ynez Mountains, 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 may arrive via scenic Highway 1 (101), daily stops on Amtrak trains or via air service to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Santa Barbara County encompasses the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, Montecito, Summerland, Ballard, Buellton, Lompoc, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez and Solvang as well as Channel Islands National Park. The city of Santa Barbara is 18.9 sq mi/49 km sq with a population of 90,305. The County is 2738.5 sq mi/7092 km sq with a population of 405,396.
Santa Barbara boasts a moderate Mediterranean climate year-round with an average of 300 days of sunshine. Santa Barbara’s unique east-west coastline (the only one from Alaska to Cape Horn) provides soothing year-round southern exposure. Average day temperatures range from the mid-60s to mid-70s°F (18°-24°C), and evening temperatures are refreshingly cool throughout the year. The area receives about 18 inches of rainfall annually. The inland and mountain portions of the county experience warmer high temperatures and cooler low temperatures.
Santa Barbara’s south coast boasts 89 lodging properties (5,404 rooms), ranging from deluxe to budget to boutique, including 32 beachfront properties, one hostel, and 18 bed-and-breakfasts. Guest ranches and resort camping are also available, as are six public and two private campgrounds.
Santa Barbara Airport (flysba.com, 805.683.4011) is 8 mi/13 km north of downtown. American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Horizon Air, United Airlines and US Airways service the airport. Non-stop flights are available from Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle. Express bus service is available from major airports via Santa Barbara Airbus (800.423.1618) and Roadrunner Shuttle (800.247.7919). Amtrak serves Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta, and Greyhound bus offers service to the region. The Santa Barbara Trolley runs throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, departing from Stearns Wharf ($19 adults/$8 children for all day on/off privileges); the electric shuttle serves the downtown area and the Waterfront (25 cents). Car Free (santabarbaracarfree.org) transportation alternatives and discounts are available. Bikes, Segways and cars are available for rental.
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BEACHES, OUTDOOR RECREATION & NATURE
Eighteen beaches stretch nearly 100 mi/160 km from the coastal city of Carpinteria to the north-county town of Guadalupe. The area offers whale watching, beachside bicycle and in-line skating paths, backcountry jeep tours, eagle tours, sailing excursions and rentals, fishing charters, direct service from Santa Barbara Harbor’s SEA Landing to the Channel Islands, a skateboard park and seven 18-hole championship golf courses. Santa Barbara County also offers four horseback riding ranches, hiking, sea kayaking, surfing, beach volleyball, rock climbing, kite boarding, skydiving, hang gliding, road and mountain bicycling, windsurfing, SCUBA diving, birding, tidepooling and seasonal spectator polo at Santa Barbara Polo Club.
Contact the Visit Santa Barbara and Film Commission at 800.676.1266, 805.966.9222 or tourism@santabarbaraCA.com for information and a free visitors’ publications. Destination information and accommodation booking is available on SantaBarbaraCA.com.
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