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  • Santa BarbaraPro 2014

    Santa Barbara is gorgeous. From the beaches to the downtown shops and architecture. There is plenty of shopping, good dining, and eclectic attractions in addition to the waves and sand. The weather i a bit cooler than Southern California, and this area can be a bit pricey at the same time.

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  • Santa BarbaraPro 2014
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    I live in Goleta but spend a lot of time in neighboring Santa Barbara. Generally this area between El Capitan beach and Montecito is considered Santa Barbara. I prefer to live in Goleta because there are more working class people who live there, but SB is amazing town and if you have an opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it.

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  • Santa BarbaraAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Really gorgeous beach with ample parking, feels private, not very crowded. Only bummer is there is lots of seaweed, but the water is very blue (go figure!) and the waves are relaxing.

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    Beautiful view from the pier. Today is such a beautiful day too. Park on the pier and get the ticket validated from a wharf merchant for free parking (90min)

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    My older brother lives by UCSB with his family. Its a really fun area whether you're into beach/aquatic activities, partying, or just hanging out with your friends or family- its a great place to live or even visit.

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    Red-tile roofs, California mission style, miles and miles of beaches, and a happening wine country. Santa Barbara is one of my fave weekend getaway spots because it's so easy to explore. You hardly need to plan anything -- just reserve a hotel room down by the waterfront or if you want to save money, a motel uptown along State St. Spend a day cycling along the beaches, or follow the Urban Wine Trail and browse eclectic indie shops downtown. Wake up the next day, have breakfast at D'Angelo's Cafe (where Iron Chef Cat Cora likes to eat), then head up to the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley or explore Santa Barbara's petite, but interesting museums, historical places & botanical gardens.

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    Santa Barbara has a little something for everyone. Technically the Central Coast, many people consider SB the beginning of Southern California, and you'll find some of the best of what SoCal's known for here: high-end shopping and lower-end deals, upscale restaurants and cheap taco stands, fancy bars and quirky dives, world-class museums and a thriving underground art scene, gorgeous beaches and equally gorgeous hiking trails. SB's also got two fabulous farmer's markets, good for both shopping and people watching, - an evening one downtown during the week and one a few blocks up on Saturday mornings.

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    Such a quaint beautiful city by the beach. A great getaway if you are an la local, from the busy city!

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    Check out State St. shops and restaurants and just hang out at the beach. Check out Hotel Santa Barbara as a place to stay.

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  • Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara is beautiful and can be as quiet or lively as you choose. Walk on the beach or visit some outstanding local wineries.

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  • Santa BarbaraPro 2014
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    Santa Barbara is one of California's drive through towns on the 101. It's a beautiful place, but many people never get off the highway to enjoy it. It's a great pitstop between LA and San Francisco.

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  • Santa Barbara

    Nice town to stop by, pretty and quiet. It was not worth to make a trip just for Santa Babara but nice to stop by while you are visiting around the area.

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    Santa Barbara is beautiful. On the way to Los Angeles it's a great stop for a meal, or if you are lucky as a student, a great place to study at UCSB.

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  • Santa Barbara

    I love Santa Barbara so much that I decided to have a destination wedding and get married there - need I say more? :) It's truly a special place. I live in Southern California so I'm not too far and my husband and I try to go up for weekends in Santa Barbara whenever we can. Our favorite things to do there is to go wine tasting, watch the sunset from the beach, bike ride around town, shop on State Street, and eat at the fabulous restaurants there. Santa Barbara has a small-town feel with everything you'd want to find in a big, coastal city.

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    We stopped in Santa Barbara on our tour of the coast of California. A very pleasant town with great seafood.

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  • Santa Barbara

    While Santa Barbara is a very nic3e area, I don't feel as though it lives up to it's hype. There are several nice, clean areas and a modest zoo, as well as some pretty beaches, but I didn't feel it had that much character. The younger scene here is largely college/party-oriented, and the restaurants are very, very pricey.

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  • Santa Barbara

    The beaches are beautiful and have an awesome view. The variety in food allows for everyone to have a taste of excellent food and what they want.

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  • Santa Barbara

    Took the train from San Diego to Santa Barbara. If you get a chance to do it it is a very nice ride and a fun trip. The scenery on the trip up is just beautiful, sometimes you feel that you can reach out and touch the ocean.

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  • Santa Barbara

    I attended school down here and fell in love with Santa Barbara. There is such a variety of things to do, anything from shopping on State Street to visiting the beach to hiking up in Mission Canyon to enjoying a delicious meal afterwards, Santa Barbara offers something for everyone. While I have since moved away, SB will always have special place in my heart.

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    When in Santa Barbara I love to come here and climb up to the tower to get the best view of the city!

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A seaside town noted for its laid-back atmosphere and availability of amenities usually only found in larger cities, Santa Barbara is a great place for vacationers looking to hit the beach, surf or enjoy high quality dining options and local wineries. As home of UC Santa Barbara, the town has a vibrant student culture, ensuring that a variety of local cultural events and acts make their way to the town, in addition to a plethora of trendy boutiques and larger chain stores. Families can enjoy their stay in attractions such as Santa Barbara’s zoo or botanical gardens, and later spend the evenings shopping and dining at Stearns Wharf, which has a breathtaking view of pristine California coastline. Architecture buffs should be sure to stop by the Santa Barbara Mission, known as the “Queen of all Missions," which features authentic Franciscan Spanish architecture. Hotels in Santa Barbara are plentiful and high quality (no dives here), and downtown is small enough to get around on foot.

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