Santa Barbara

California, United States

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    Riviera lifestyle blends with California cool

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    Riviera lifestyle blends with California cool

How to enjoy Santa Barbara

A riot of colour and a feast for all senses, Santa Barbara enjoys an exotic quality, with its unmistakably Spanish architecture and warm Californian welcome

  • For the most perfect photo opportunities, the stunning Moorish-style Courthouse and Old Mission won’t let you down
  • Explore specialty stores and hidden gem restaurants in downtown’s Paseo Nuevo, a mecca for anyone seeking the fashionably unique
  • For the freshest seafood in town, head out to the end of Stearns Wharf

With its white stucco buildings, red tiled roofs and softly swaying palm trees, Santa Barbara’s architecture would not look amiss on the Andalucian coast of southern Spain or even the World Heritage City of Dubrovnik. For this reason, along with its year round pleasant climate and laid back atmosphere, Santa Barbara is widely known as The American Riveria.

Head inland to Santa Barbara’s wine country: the Santa Ynez Valley. While there you can relive the Academy Award winning 2004 film, Sideways, while savoring some of the country’s leading Pinot Noirs. For an unforgettable finale to your visit, experience one of nature’s most spectacular wonders; the winter migration of thousands of orange Monarch butterflies.

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    When to visit Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara hosts California’s largest outdoor wine festival in July. Or for something more, well earthy, visit in April for Earth Day. The city hosted the world’s first Earth Day in 1969 and has continued to do so since.

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