Travel Guide to Santa Barbara
Characteristics of the city
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara, California. It is often called “the American Riviera” because of the canal tiles (very common in the south of France) used on the roofs of its houses.
Located between sea and mountains, the city offers beautiful landscapes and a warm and sunny climate.
Number of inhabitants
The city of Santa Barbara has about 91 000 inhabitants (estimate 2012).
The first building in the city was built in 1784. Missionaries and soldiers were sent to fortify the area.
In 1786, the Mission of Santa Barbara is created, consecrated by Father Fermín de Francisco Lasuén de Arasqueta.
An earthquake and tsunami devastated much of the city in 1812.
In 1848, a large part of the Mexican territory, including California, was granted to the United States, with the Treaty Guadeloupe Hidalgo.
Spanish became the official language of California in 1864.
In 1870 English became official language in California.
On June 29, 1925, an earthquake devastated the city of Santa Barbara; very strict reconstruction measures are then taken.
Santa Barbara is located in the south of the state of California in the southwestern United States. The Pacific Ocean borders its shores. The city covers an area of 110 square kilometers. Los Angeles is about 150 kilometers east of Santa Barbara.
How to move in the city?
The city of Santa Barbara offers various modes of transport, bus, car or taxi, to choose from.
The bus: twenty bus lines serve the city of Santa Barbara.
The taxi: many taxis circulate in town.
The rental car: it is possible to rent a car from one of the car rental agencies present in Santa Barbara.
What to see?
The city of Santa Barbara has many sights to see. Visitors will mainly visit the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, the Art Museum, the University of California Art Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation and Casa del Herrero. .
Do not miss strolling in Shoreline, Parma, Skofield, Rattlesnake Canyon and Gould Parks.
Official website of the city of Santa Barbara .
What to do ?
– Relax on the beaches of Santa Barbara.
– Enjoy seafood on the Wharf.
– Practice surfing.
– Schedule a boat trip.
– To play golf.
It is possible to find all kinds of shops in the city of Santa Barbara. Many craft shops and antiques exist in the city. The neighborhoods of Paseo Nuevo, El Paseo or La Arcada offer a wide range of products.
Gastronomy and local recipe (s)
The dishes : Californian pizza (ham, mozzarella, pineapple cubes), monterey jack (soft crust made from cow’s milk), hamburger, California beef tongue (with carrots, celery, almonds, chervil, chives, tarragon), jambalaya (meat recipe made from rice).
Desserts : pancake (small pancake served at breakfast), almond tart, pecan pie, cheese cake.
What to see in the region?
In the neighborhood of Santa Barbara, various tourist sites are to be seen.
Los Angeles with Universal Studios Film Studios in San Fernando Valley, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Getty II Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Norton Museum Pasadena and Griffith Park; the Los Padres National Forest; Oxnard with Ventura County Maritime Museum, Gull Wings Children’s Museum, Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Elite Theater Company, Carnegie Art Museum, Heritage Square, Woolworth Building and Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market.