Santa Barbara is a city situated in the state of California and near the Santa Ynez Mountains. The city has a typical Mediterranean climate. Santa Barbara is known to be the “South Coast” of California and is also referred to as the “American Riviera”. With a population of 92,325 as per the 2000 census, it attracts a large number of tourists every year. In fact, Santa Barbara is one of the popular resorts and tourist destinations in the entire nation, as the city is known to have a robust economy that includes a vast service sector, technology, finance, agriculture, health care, education and manufacturing.
The city of Santa Barbara is well represented in education with more than five world-class institutions including the University of California, Brooks Institute of Photography, Antioch College, Westmont College and the Santa Barbara City College.
The city of Santa Barbara is well served by the Santa Barbara Airport, which offers commercial air service to the people of the city. The airport is one of the busiest public airports in the region and is located just 11 km from the heart of the city. It is adjacent to the California University and is bordered by a typical wetland area, better known as the Goleta Slough.
This airport is served by a number of popular international airlines and has nearly 45 daily departures to more than ten US cities, which makes it comfortable for you in to & fro journeys. An estimated number of 900,000 passengers used the airport in 2005. The Santa Barbara Regional Airport will undergo a recent expansion, which will cost nearly $60 million to redesign and expand different parts of the airport. Santa Maria, California SANTA MARIA (SMX) (49.3 miles) is another large international airport located near the city.
Since, the Santa Barbara airport is one of the busiest airports in the region, it is necessary for the airlines to offer cheap airfares to stay in the competition. However, travelers can avail the cheap airfares mainly on certain weekdays. There are also many cheap flights to Santa Barbara, if you wish to travel to the city at an affordable rate. For example, you can travel from Chicago (ORD) to Santa Barbara (SBA) with an average price of 424$.
Santa Barbara is known for its year round tourist destination, as it has a fair weather, excellent Spanish architecture and downtown beaches. There are many tourist attractions in the city, which include the Annual Summer Solstice Parade. The parade draws nearly 100,000 people. Other tourist places for your entertainment include the Alameda Park, Stearns Wharf, Rafael Gonzalez House, Moreton Bay Fig, Burton Mound, De La Guerra Plaza, Covarrubias Adobe, Hastings Adobe, Carillo Adobe, Cold Spring Tavern, Santa Barbara Zoo and the El Paseo Shopping Mall.
The nightlife in Santa Barbara is very interesting and lively for all tourists. The city has a large number of bars, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs that offers a whole new experience to every visitor. Some of the popular restaurants include Chad’s, Calypso Bar & Grill, Club 634, Cold Spring Tavern, Creekside Inn and Joe’s Cafe.