This is where golden hillsides cascade into sparkling seas and red-tile roofs give way to abundantly sunny skies. The wine country and lush gardens welcome you, festivals and music dance through the streets, and porticos lead to quaint downtown enclaves. From the basketry and boat-building techniques of the Chumash Indians, to the Spanish Colonial influence that can be seen around every corner, and the first days of filmmaking, Santa Barbara’s history is vast and truly unique.
Nowadays, Santa Barbara’s relaxed coastal way of life is anything but routine. The creative spirit lives on, encouraged by its renowned University of California Santa Barbara. The town boasts outstanding restaurants, locally sourced, farm-to-table meals, craft brews and critically acclaimed wines. It is home to a health care system that is one of the top in California, a well connected airport, world-class arts and music, an abundance of museums and galleries, gardens and theaters. It is also a wonderful place to enjoy nature and to live an active life with a plethora of activities like surfing, kayaking, sailing, hiking, biking, running.