Santa Barbara

Spanish Influence // Mission Santa Barbara // Santa Inez Mountains // The Mesa // Mission Canyon // 89,000 people...

Santa Barbara is located in Southern California in Santa Barbara County. To the north is San Luis Obispo and to the South Los Angeles.

There was a strong Spanish influence in the 1700s before the Mexican and Rancho period in the 1800s.

Boasting more sun-dappled days than should qualify as legal, Santa Barbara is a seaside destination than has proven impossibly irresistible to most of its visitors and all of its inhabitants. The blend of boutique shopping, scraggly, sprawling coastline, and a pervading bicycle culture, housing upscale residences (Montecito, Hope Ranch) that only escalate its draw. Spanish architecture defines downtown, Oceanside open air markets are a regular occurrence, and many a haute hideaway takes advantage of this prized land and landscape. It's no wonder this is where Oprah chose to live and John and Jackie came to honeymoon. Every visit easily reminds you why.

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