Visit Santa Barbara - Best of Santa Barbara

California’s most historic and picturesque towns and the Santa Barbara tourism will welcome you with characteristic sunny warmth upon your visit, its south-facing coastline lending it that ‘banana belt’ climate with architecture that is notably California Mission in style.

The Santa Barbara travel guide includes typical buildings with red-tiled roofs, arched facades, faux adobe supermarkets and enclosed garden courtyards with wrought-iron embellishments and the city’s coastline has allowed for the construction of the landmark Stearns Wharf.

An interesting bit of local trivia – Santa Barbara was the film capital of the world in the 1900’s, a hotspot for legendary stars such as Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin during a 10-year crest during which 1,200 movies were made here. Today, a trip to Santa Barbara is a perfect vacation for families, couples, individuals alike and those who enjoy shopping, water sports, fine dining, hiking or just spending some time at the beach will always find a place in Santa Barbara. This beautiful city really does know how to span the spectrum when it comes to recreation, and due to its weather it is often referred to as the ‘American Riviera’.

It is starkly different from its hyper-metro neighbouring city Los Angeles with a milder climate and lush environment, without compromising on facilities and amenities. Its wide beaches, highly rated wineries, and a large variety of shopping and dining choices make it possible for a town of just 90,000 residents to enjoy the sort of cultural and social exposure that generally only citizens of much larger metros are privy to.

Although celebrities often holiday around Santa Barbara, it is hardly a playground for the rich and famous with the average income barely higher than that of the rest of the state.

The Santa Barbara visitor’s guide is home to the legendary Stearns Wharf, a site of great historical significance and there are several museums for visitors’ perusal dedicated to art, natural history and maritime exhibits. The Santa Barbara County Beach Park is legendary with its sheer range of recreational priorities including swimming, pedal boating, surf fishing, cycling and golf.

In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government.

Behind the city of Santa Barbara and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, containing within its premises several remote wilderness areas.

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The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Santa Barbara

  • Santa Barbara Self-Guided Anacapa Wine Walk
    Santa Barbara Self-Guided Anacapa Wine Walk23 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Experience Santa Barbara's wine culture and tasting rooms located in the Funk Zone neighborhood through this self-guided tour...

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  • Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour
    Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour15 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

    Enjoy the beautiful sights of Santa Barbara while riding an easy-to-use electric bike. Follow your guide to the Santa Barbara...

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  • Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara
    Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara4 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Set out from Santa Barbara Harbor on a private kayak tour of the stunning Santa Barbara coastline. Take in views of Santa Bar...

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  • Pismo Beach Dune Buggy Experience
    Pismo Beach Dune Buggy Experience1 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Whiz around the Oceano Dunes in a dune buggy with friends and family while during your stay in Pismo Beach. Nowhere else in C...

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Facts and Stats for Santa Barbara*

  • Pollution Statistics in Santa Barbara

    Know the pollution level of Santa Barbara before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 35.71 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 39.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 32.14 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 22.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 46.43 (Moderate)
  • Santa Barbara: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Santa Barbara for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Santa Barbara.

    • Burglary and Theft 22.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 7.5 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 20 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 20 (Low)
    • Attacks 10 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 70 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 7.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 27.5 (Low)
  • Living in Santa Barbara - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Santa Barbara is 188.03 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 82.25 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 95.58 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 36.09 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.5 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 75.35 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 60.58 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.11 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 121.93 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Santa Barbara

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Santa Barbara

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.88 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 84.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.88 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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