Visitor Information

The Santa Barbara area is a favorite destination point for visitors all year long. Whether its touring the picturesque Santa Barbara wine country, visiting the California missions, exploring the miles of beautiful beaches, or shopping in the most beautiful downtown in America, our community offers something for everyone. The beauty of the Santa Barbara coastline, combined with the Mediterranean charm and culture of the city, is the reason Santa Barbara is commonly referred to as the "American Riviera".

If recreation is what you are looking for, the opportunities are endless! Santa Barbara is a favorite destination for bicyclists, golfers, beach enthusiasts, sailing, fishing, whale watching, hiking, and camping.

Getting to Santa Barbara is easy. Centrally located on California's Central Coast in southern Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara is approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles and 100 miles south of San Luis Obispo. The beautiful wine country is easily accessible via Hwy 101 along the coast, or via Hwy 154 over the scenic Santa Ynez Mountains.

There is plenty of public parking available throughout Santa Barbara. For a detailed map of all public parking locations, click here.

For more information regarding Transportation options, click here.

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More then 448,150

County seat

Santa Barbara

Largest city

Santa Maria