Santa Barbara is the seat of Santa Barbara County, California. It is a city that lies between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. This area offers a primarily Mediterranean climate, and as such it is often referred to as the ‘Riviera of the West.’ Santa Barbara is the second biggest city in the county after Santa Maria. It is less than a hundred miles away from Los Angeles.
Major industries in Santa Barbara are aerospace, defense, hospitality, technology, agriculture, tourism, local government, and education. The companies Alliant Techsystems, Citrix Online, and Raytheon have office space or major operations in the area. The top employers in South Santa Barbara County include the University of California-Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Entertainment And Dining Out
As a coastal town, Santa Barbara offers a variety of outdoor activities. These include going on a walking tour, visiting the beaches or golfing in the numerous public and private golf courses. You can also go hiking in the Santa Ynez Mountains, paragliding, surfing, or take a wine tour of one of the vineyards. Latin-themed dishes and Mexican food are quite popular in Santa Barbara. However, there is a diverse selection of food and drinks in the city. Examples include: Palazzio’s – for big pastas and salads, Downey’s Restaurant – one of the most popular, and The James Joyce – a traditional Irish pub with Guinness beer.
The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport provides regional services to Los Angeles International Airport and other cities. The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit links the airport with downtown Santa Barbara. Reaching Santa Barbara is possible through Amtrak routes, Greyhound bus service, and Highway 101 by car. Public transport in town options include the Santa Barbara Metropolitan bus service, hotel and airport shuttle buses, taxis, rickshaw taxis and bikes routes.