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Santa Barbara
Travel Planning
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara at a Glance

Santa Barbara is a relaxed, seaside city sitting between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you're on the beach, perusing the fabulous shopping or checking out historic architecture, Santa Barbara is the type of place where it's hard to leave. 

Santa Barbara is the self-styled American Riviera. Red tiled roofs, wine trails and historic buildings give it a European, sea-side ambiance. Home to the UC-Santa Barbara, the city remains youthful and fun with plenty of young bars, coffee shops, bookstores and party beaches. 

Santa Barbara's beaches have great surf breaks and stand up paddle zones. Discover your passion for water sports here in the crashing waves. If you crave a more low-key beach experience set up a picnic of local foods, get out the sand toys for the kids, or simply lay out on a towel as the locals do.

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Los Angeles International Airport
      • Regional Airport Santa Barbara Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      7,885 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      143 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Santa Barbara enjoys a warm tropical climate. Be alert to summer thunderstorms and changing weather. 

      Safety Concerns Santa Barbara has average crime rates. Protect your valuables in crowded areas and take simple precautions to remain safe. Never leave your belongings unattended on the beach, even if you are just getting in the water for a few minutes.  

      Health Concerns Wash hands to avoid common illnesses and stay well hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, it is important to protect your skin from the sun.