It’s no wonder that Santa Barbara is lovingly referred to as “The American Riviera.” Nestled 90 minutes north of Los Angeles between the Santa Ynez mountains and the blue Pacific, Santa Barbara’s Old World architecture, dramatic landscapes, and Mediterranean flora are certainly reminiscent of the famous towns along the Côte d'Azur.
Santa Barbara is a multi-faceted visitor destination that appeals to visitors of all ages and interests. It’s a playground for outdoor activities of all kinds, a feast for the food and wine lover, a mecca for the cultural tourist, a fun family destination, a shopper’s paradise, and the perfect place to rekindle romance and rejuvenate health and spirit. Winter in Santa Barbara is a perfect time to visit, with moderate temps, azure blue skies, fewer crowds, and a laid back vibe.
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