Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara: Why go

Ninety miles north of Hollywood, movie-set-perfect Santa Barbara is a prime stopover if you’re driving the coast - or a destination in itself. Tucked between glittering Pacific beaches and the Santa Ynez Mountains, this historic mission town is known for its whitewashed adobe buildings with red-tile roofs. Browse galleries and couture shops off open-air paseos dripping with bougainvillea. Or hop on a beach cruiser and bike the two-mile coastal path. Santa Barbara’s history and established arts scene are as rich as its celebrity residents. Its daily farmer’s markets and top-rated international cuisine paired with world-class local wines delight “locavores” and gourmands. Laidback and luxe, this is The American Riviera.

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