10 Reasons To Visit Santa Barbara

In case the year-long summer weather, beautiful architecture, and world class shopping and dining is not enough, here’s a list of reason of why you need to check out Santa Barbara, California if you ever find yourself in Central Coast region.

10 Reasons To Visit Santa Barbara

1. The weather is always great

Sandwiched between a mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara has been blessed with moderate climate all year round. With its warm summer and mild winter, Santa Barbara makes for a great year round destination for any purposes.

2. The food and the shopping

The dining and shopping scene in Santa Barbara is first class. Both lower and upper state street are lined with shops with well-known department stores, first-class restaurants and cafes, as well as an assortment of eclectic boutiques, antiques, chocolatiers, and souvenir shops.

3. The architecture

The tiled roofs and the colonial Spanish architecture and city restrictions on building heights and styles in downtown Santa Barbara will make you feel like you’re back in colonial time. Even the non-architecture buffs can’t help but appreciate the details of some of the historic buildings that are scattered around historic downtown Santa Barbara such as the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

4. The beaches

Miles of white sand beaches await you. Need we say more? We have the perfect beach for a BBQ picnic, for taking a stroll, for catching a sunset, and for catching a wave.

5. The Santa Barbara Mission

Called ‘The Queen of The Mission’, this is definitely a must-see destination for visitors to Santa Barbara. Beautifully preserved building located across from a well manicured rose garden, Santa Barbara Mission is only a short drive away from downtown Santa Barbara.

6. The mountains

Miles of hiking trails will reward you with a beautiful view of Santa Barbara, Channel Islands, and the surrounding hillsides. They also provide a variety of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and paragliding.

7. Santa Barbara makes for the perfect base to explore nearby coastal cities

Carpenteria, Ojai, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo are just some of the nearby cities that make for great day trips from Santa Barbara.

8. Channel Island National Park

Consisting of 5 individual islands, each with its own characteristics, Channel Island National park is worth a day trip from Santa Barbara. The islands can be reached by a ferry leaving year-round from Ventura Harbor.

9. The free stuff you can do

Even though it isn’t really known as a budget destination, there’s quite a lot of free activities to do in Santa Barbara. Check out our list of Top 10 Free Things To Do In Santa Barbara for more ways to enjoy this great city without breaking the budget.

10. All the outdoor activities you can do in Santa Barbara

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountain range, Santa Barbara is a mecca for outdoor activities in California Central Coast. Miles of hiking trails, mountain biking routes, and even rock climbing can be found in Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas.

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