This is Santa Barbara

Welcome to your new home! Santa Barbara is beautiful, safe, and fun, a perfect combination for the traveler and student alike. Get ready for your adventure!

Called the 'American Riviera,' Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean climate all year long (60-80F, 16-26C), with 300+ days of sun. It is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, making it the perfect place for outdoor activities like surfing, biking, hiking, diving, SUP, sailing, fishing all year round.

Only 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a safe and welcoming community. It has a vibrant downtown area full of friendly restaurants, shopping districts, theaters, and nightlife. Of course, only a few miles up the freeway, UC Santa Barbara maintains a picturesque university campus; the only one in the US with its own beach!

There's beautiful...and there's Santa Barbara

There are seaside escapes. Then there’s a gentle crescent of California coast connecting breathtaking beaches, soaring mountains, verdant vineyards, elevated enclaves and eclectic communities. You see, there’s beautiful…and there’s Santa Barbara

There's lots to do:

palm trees outside ucsb campus by the beach


Know before you go!

What you need to know
History of Santa Barbara
Events calendar

Santa Barbara in the best travel magazines:
Forbes Travel Guide's 14 Top Destinations Of 2019 
Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2021