At a Glance
With its cosmopolitan ambiance, vast array of cultural and recreational opportunities, superb climate, striking architecture and roster of noteworthy residents, Santa Barbara is internationally renowned as “The American Riviera.” A sparkling jewel set against a backdrop of the stunning Santa Ynez Mountains and gazing upon a panorama of dazzling Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and beyond, it’s a magical home to just over 90,000 lucky residents.
Its thousands of international visitors each year come to enjoy Spanish-influenced architecture, fine dining, discriminating shopping, the nearby Santa Ynez Valley wine country and much, much more.
What to Expect
Santa Barbara, its residents and visitors seem immersed in a perpetual celebration of life. The annual, week-long “Old Spanish Days” Fiesta, the Santa Barbara International Film and I Madonnari Festivals, ethnic festivals and the Summer Solstice Celebration are just a few examples of the toasts to the internationally-influenced lifestyle for which this dynamic community has gained worldwide acclaim.
For a small city, Santa Barbara is culturally rich; offering multiple museums, art galleries, ballet and theater troupes, its own symphony orchestra and world-renowned learning institutions.
A recreational paradise, the Santa Barbara area offers just about every water sport one can imagine, as well as hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, golf and tennis. A nearly endless variety of shopping, art galleries and restaurants are available as well.